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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Vandals Deface Little Elm High School Band Trailer

While the community mourned the death of Detective Jerry Walker someone vandalized their high school band’s trailer.


A "T" bus and Trinity Railway Express train. (credit: Fort Worth Transportation Authority)

Arlington Renewing Efforts Toward Public Transportation

For decades, Arlington has wrestled with the idea of creating a large public transportation system. But almost all those plans have been derailed.


ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15:  Dallas Cowboys fans cheer during the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Disappointed Cowboys Fans Feel Good About Future

CBS11 talked to fans from as far away as Canada who said this playoff loss is hard to stomach.


Cowboys fans gathered at AT&T Stadium to rally before the team's playoff game. (Joel Thomas/Twitter)

Cowboys Fans Gather At AT&T Stadium For Rally

It was a different kind of play on the field at AT&T Stadium on the Saturday before the big NFC divisional playoff game between the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers.



Vendors Bucking The Weather At Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

It seems like every year there is some sort of bad weather for the open of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.


Cannan Huey-You may be little, but he's a big man on the campus of TCU. (credit: CBS11 News)

11-Year-Old Studies Intergalactic Space At TCU

Among the scientists, faculty and students roaming the halls at TCU’s College of Science, you’ll find 11 year old Cannan Huey-You. He’s not lost. He’s there studying intergalactic space.


Fort Worth streets in need of repair (CBS11)

Proposed Fee On Fort Worth Water Bills Could Cover Pothole Repairs

They’re two issues politicians want to avoid; potholed streets and raising voters’ bills. But those two issues may collide in Fort Worth.


Lindell Marbut, 85, and his caretaker were rattled by a loud crash outside his country home off of FM 2738 in Johnson County.

85-Year-Old Man Pulls Two Women From Burning Car

Early Sunday morning 85-year-old Lindell Marbut and his caretaker were rattled by a loud crash outside his country home off of FM 2738 in Johnson County.


Green Bay fans are known to travel anywhere their team plays -- especially during the post-season. (credit: CBS11 News)

Cowboys Vs. Packers Game Means Big Business

Businesses in and around Arlington are happy the Green Bay Packers are coming to town to take on the Cowboys in the play-offs.


David Molak (Molak family)

Texas Lawmakers Propose Anti-Cyber Bullying ‘David’s Law’

The proposed new law would be named after a boy who was tormented by cyber bullies so much, he killed himself.



North Texas Police Begin ‘No Refusal Weekend’

Police departments across the Metroplex will draw blood from DWI suspects this weekend even without the driver’s consent.


Mineral Wells restaurants serving bottled water during boil order (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Water Flowing Again In Mineral Wells; Can’t Drink It Yet

The normally busy row of restaurants leading into town once again had cars parked in front after being closed for two days without water.



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