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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Business Boom At Lake Arlington

The story of Jason Watts and his two boys is the story of a crowded Lake Arlington Friday.

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When Watching Kids In The Pool, Where You Sit Matters

A Fort Worth’s YMCA aquatics specialist shared some advice for anyone who will be near a pool this holiday season.

07/02/2015

UT-A campus

UT System Extends Benefits To Gay Spouses

The UT system will require a marriage certificate and application for anyone wanting to extend their coverage to their spouse.

07/01/2015

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Security Tight For Holiday Weekend At Panther Pavilion

The inner tubes are piled high, river levels are back to normal and the stage is set for a return to business as usual this fourth after two months of flooding.

06/30/2015

Whitney Hennen and Sara Bollinger of Denton got their marriage license Monday.
Joel Thomas - CBS11

Denton County Issues Its First Same-Sex Marriage License

Couple excited but realizes there are still challenges ahead for same-sex couples.

06/29/2015

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Dozens Of Same-Sex Couples Get Marriage Licenses In Tarrant County

Sharon Nelson and Debbie Clark had tears of joy in their eyes as they walked out of the Tarrant County Clerk’s office with a marriage license.

06/26/2015

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Near Drowning At Fort Worth YMCA

A 6-year-old boy has been taken to the hospital after a near drowning at a Fort Worth YMCA.

06/24/2015

Lake Worth is flowing onto people's property. (credit: Joel Thomas/CBS 11 News)

Lake Worth Flooding Continues Despite Sunny Skies

With Lake Worth levels at flood stage, there’s nowhere for the water to go except over the banks or over the spillway. Friday it was doing both.

06/19/2015

Memorial outside Wedgewood Baptist Church.
Joel Thomas - CBS11

Fort Worth Church Shares Tragic Tie With Charleston Church

People here, where seven were shot and killed 16 years ago, know the suffering the victims and their families in Charleston are going through right now.

06/18/2015

Restaurant closed due to flooding at Joe Pool Lake.

Most Parks On Joe Pool Lake Likely Closed For The Summer

Only a handful of camping spaces are open in Grand Prairie’s Joe Pool Lake parks with most amenities closed meaning a loss of hundreds of thousands of tourist visits.

06/15/2015

Location in DeSoto where a woman was carjacked.
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Police Say Teenager Carjacks Woman, Leads Them On High Speed Chase

The victim says the teen and another suspect demanded her car and cash. She says they also took her purse and cell phone.

06/10/2015

Some Grand Prairie Flood Victims Seek Higher Ground

Grand Prairie passed laws several years ago not allowing new homes to be built in the flood plain, but an apartment complex and some mobile homes were built before that.

06/08/2015

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