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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Fort Worth Zoo Planning Major Renovation Projects

Changes are coming to the Fort Worth Zoo over the next decade. The zoo has kicked off a campaign called “A Wilder Vision,” in hopes of renovating some of their most popular animal exhibits.


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Rangers Fans Feel Snubbed By MLB Schedule

There were two major incidents building to a momentous post season rematch between the Rangers and Blue Jays.


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Fort Worth Seeks More Age-Friendly Community Reputation

Fort Worth is preparing for what some call the aging tsunami.


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Report: People Killed By Police Broken Down

According to The Guardian page The Counted, as of Sept. 23 the largest number of people by race killed by police this year are white — 387 people.



Injured Fort Worth Officer Speaks At Local School

Ray Azucena was one of the Fort Worth officers injured. But today he was on the receiving end of well-wishes and support instead of gunfire, a pep and prayer rally for police.

CBS 11–09/22/2016

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TCC Working To Help Displaced ITT Students

They assembled a room full of experts to look at transcripts and finances. “We have our advisor table over here,” said career advisor Allyson Oudin as she pointed at people sitting at tables around the large room. “We have our career and technical education right next to the advisor tables.

CBS 11–09/21/2016


Paramedics Describe Responding To Suicide Call Under Fire

MedStar crews begin each shift checking their medical apparatus and supplies, preparing for every possible medical situation.


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Arlington Mayor: “Globe Life Park Will Not Be Bulldozed”

Plans about to be unveiled by the Rangers will mean new life for the current stadium.


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Wild Mustangs To Be Adopted In Fort Worth

More than 60 American Mustangs recently trained during an Extreme Mustang Makeover will find new homes this weekend during a mustang competition and auction in Fort Worth.


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Important Flu Prevention Information You Need To Know

The flu shot takes a couple of weeks to be effective so it’s best to get it now. And if you’re over 65-years-old there is a new, high dose shot to better protect you.

CBS 11–09/15/2016

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Fort Worth Businesses Ready For Long Over Due Road Improvements

And the drainage and water pipes under the road are crumbling and outdated too. Starting next week ten streets will be part of a 10-month long overhaul.

CBS 11–09/14/2016


Active Shooter Classes In Fort Worth Very Popular

There were teachers, office administrators, security instructors and others in the free-to-the-public active shooter course.

CBS 11–09/13/2016


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