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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Arlington Police Crack 3 1/2-Year-Old Double Homicide Case

Arlington police say thorough police work and a high-tech database have cracked a three-and-a-half year old, unsolved double homicide that has haunted investigators.


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Family Of Man Who Died In Arlington Jail Reacts To Video

Jonathan Paul’s family says they’re disappointed the guards indicted in weren’t charged with murder.


US soldier amazingly reunited w stolen firearm 5 yrs later.

Soldier Gets Back Gun Stolen Five Years Ago

“It was just a mess!” Sgt. Fuller exclaimed. “It was just a mess trying to get this gun back!!”


GEORGE WAYNE REIBERT (Image via Tarrant Co Corrections Center)

Alleged Serial Arsonist Arrested In Fort Worth

Suspect George Wayne Reibert is believed to be responsible for up to 15 fires in an historic Fort Worth neighborhood.


Man shot while driving in Fort Worth (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Driver Shot In Fort Worth Tuesday Night Shares Story

His car was hit by seven bullets, one of them lodged in his forearm.


Keller tornado damage (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Small Tornado Hits Keller

A fast-moving storm in Keller that spun out a small tornado left trees broken and limbs scattered.


Fort Worth City Council

Fort Worth Considers Adding Council Members

A committee appointed by the Fort Worth City Council to gather public input into changing the city charter is wrapping up a series of public hearings to see if the city should change the way it governs.



Area College Going Extra Mile For Veterans

TCC has special counselors who put veterans in touch with VA benefits to pay for education.



Warning Siren Didn’t Sound During Fort Worth Tornado

Office workers in the building struck by a tornado in Fort Worth last week were surprised a prior warning didn’t sound from nearby outdoor warning sirens.


FW debris

Construction Workers Move Debris After Tornado In Fort Worth

Scott McGuffie, the contractor for another job across the street, saw the damage and rounded up about 20 workers to help out.


The shadow of a man wearing a cowboy hat falls on a pillar as he enters a polling place. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Voters A ‘No Show’ For Proposed Utility District In Denton County

An election in Denton County to create a utility district and fund it with hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds drew attention when voters didn’t showed up at the Denton County polls.


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Sales Tax Improves Streets In Arlington Neighborhood

A voter approved sales tax and a street repair philosophy targeting neighborhoods instead of just individual streets has transformed the Webb Britton Estates in southeast Arlington.



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