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Joel Thomas

Joel Thomas

Joel is an Emmy Award winning journalist with more than 15 years of television experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. He enjoyed writing at an early age, and by junior high school decided to steer his future toward journalism. Joel wrote and shot photos for his hometown newspaper while in high school and focused his energy on broadcasting during his college years.

Over the years, Joel has worked in Bryan/College Station, Austin, New Orleans and Atlanta. During that time he’s covered a wide range of events, including the Branch Davidian stand-off, the Oklahoma City bombing, and President Clinton’s impeachment. His work has received numerous awards including more than a dozen from the Associated Press, a Texas Headliner’s Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy Award.

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West 7th Street Bridge in Ft. Worth (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Changes PossibleTo West 7th Street Bridge In Fort Worth

City staff says if council approves funding work could be completed in a matter of months.

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Specially Trained Brush Fire Crews Respond To Red Flag Warning

On a normal day, Arlington Fire Department’s brush trucks, agile fire trucks used to fight brush fires based on a dually truck frame, would be parked at a fire station and not manned.


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Domestic Violence Advocates “Not Surprised” By Allegations Against Manziel

Professionals who work with domestic violence offenders and victims say they’re not surprised by the recent revelations of alleged domestic violence Johnny Manziel.



Labs Testing Water For Bacteria In Fort Worth

Either by mechanical or human error a water tower in north Fort Worth near Haslet went dry Wednesday night spurring a frenzy of activity in the Fort Worth Water Department that lasted through the night into Thursday morning.


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Bus Driver Recounts Near Miss With Wrong-Way Driver

A police chase that began after an Arlington shooting sped north through the city and onto 183 in Euless going the wrong direction.


Brittany Daniel (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Father Of Road Rage Victim On Quest

“I don’t even know if she heard the shot,” said Daniel’s father Malcolm Daniel. “All we know is our daughter pulled over, slumped over and said, ‘Call 9-1-1’.”



Arlington May Shut Down Entertainment District’s Pedicab Operations

Efficient transportation or safety hazard? There is new debate about pedicabs roaming the streets around AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park.


Fort Worth traffic change (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Big Traffic Switch In North Fort Worth This Weekend

Construction workers will shut down the left hand exit from I-820 west bound to I-35W south heading to downtown. The new exit will be on the right side.


Denton landfill (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

UTA, City Of Denton Working On Converting Garbage Into Electricity

The idea has drawn students and researchers from 27 different countries to see what Denton and UTA are doing.



Teen Home Invasion Suspect At Large; 16-Year-Old Co-Conspirator Dead

Police said a home invasion on Miami Springs Drive in south Fort Worth ended with a teenage intruder dead in a driveway.


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1 Person Dead After Fort Worth Shooting

Police in Fort Worth are investigating a Tuesday morning shooting that left one person dead. The incident happened outside of a house in the far southern part of the city.


Marilyn Lucille Baker is 104.

104-Year-Old Fort Worth Woman Says She Met MLK

Marilyn Lucille Baker was born before women could vote. She grew up in a world with segregated schools and stores and saw people protest when those boundaries were challenged.



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