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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Elementary School Not Finished For 1st Day, Parents Upset

Wet weather and a delay in receiving construction supplies put construction of Peach Elementary School on Baird Farm Road in Arlington behind schedule.


A bridge failure caused a train to derail in Roanoke. (Town of Flower Mound/Facebook)

Relief Comes Tuesday For Commuters In Roanoke After Train Derailment

The road is scheduled to open Tuesday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for the morning commute and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the afternoon.


highway connector project location (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Business Owners In Grapevine Worried About New Highway Construction Project

A major new construction project building connections between State Highways 121, 360 and 114 gets underway Monday.



Solar-Powered Crossing Signs Part Of $1M School Safety Makeover

A dozen schools in Fort Worth will have upgraded school zone safety signs to start the new school year in a program that could quickly grow to impact a large number of the 200,000 students in the city.


Fort Worth bike lane sign (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

New Bike Lanes Causing Confusion Near Elementary School

Trace Ridge Parkway next to Lone Star Elementary School in north Fort Worth has undergone a dramatic facelift since parents last picked up their children from school several months ago.


Rangers game on very hot afternoon (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Rangers Fans And Workers Brave Hot Temps

There was one spot that was especially punishing as the midday sun beat down blazed.


UNT Foster kids program (CBS11)

UNT Looking To Share Stories Of Foster Kids’ Success

UNT and Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home put together a program pairing college students studying video production with foster care residents.


Parking signs near TCU (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Battle Over No Parking Signs Near TCU Campus

TCU lost parking spaces when a construction project started. Homeowners have been putting up their own “no parking” signs.


Water, Tap Water (credit: Cate Gillon/Getty Images)

City Of Fort Worth Reaching Out To Fight Lead In Water

Your water department is not responsible for the lines from the meter to a public drinking fountain, the actual drinking fountain or for the lines from the meter to the taps on your house.


Polytech High cheerleaders (CBS11)

Polytech HS Cheerleaders Earn Huge Honor

They’ve been invited to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in NY.


(credit:  Scott Olson/Getty Images)

North Texas College Students, Universities Prepare For Campus Carry

The Campus Carry Law allowing licensed concealed weapons goes into effect August 1.


pest control (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Hot & Muggy Weather Means More Fleas

Right now, pest control experts are battling one of the side effects of the hot, muggy weather. You might not like our humid, sultry summer conditions, but fleas love it.



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