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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 Officer Shot Serving Saginaw Murder Warrant

A police officer was shot Monday night near the UTA campus while trying to serve a warrant on a suspect wanted in the weekend murder of a Saginaw teenager. That suspect was also hurt by return fire from officers.


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Parker County Resident Optimistic As Brazos River Recedes

Residents in Parker County are bracing for even more rain on Tuesday. Heavy showers over the weekend forced several families from their homes, and the rising waters of the Brazos River threaten to flood even more homes this week.


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Police Still Trying To ID Victims & Suspects In Deadly Crash

Hours after a deadly crash in Garland took the life of a woman and a 4-year-old child and left another toddler in critical condition, police say they still have more questions than answers.


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Burglar Bars Trap Woman During Dallas House Fire

An elderly woman is dead after a house fire in east Oak Cliff, and her neighbors could only watch in horror as the home burned and the woman died, caged in behind her locked burglary bars.


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Crews Battle Fire At Fort Worth Party Supply Store

Firefighters battled a blaze at a Fort Worth party supply store on Wednesday morning. The building included hundreds of piñatas and numerous other paper products like plates, napkins, tablecloths, streamers and other decorations.


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Fort Worth Leaders Pick Smaller Stockyards Protection Plan

The debate lasted well into the night, but city leaders in Fort Worth finally decided just how much history will be preserved at the iconic Fort Worth Stockyards. The question was about how many buildings and streets would be protected.


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Kids Safe, But Frisco Mom’s Death Remains A Mystery

The search for a missing mother and her three children in Frisco ended in tragedy on Thursday. The mother is dead and the kids were rushed to the hospital, but investigators still do not know what went wrong in this mysterious incident.


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Search Continues For Missing Frisco Mom & Kids

Authorities in Frisco on Thursday are continuing their search for a North Texas mother and her three children, all missing after last being seen near their home on Monday. There is nothing that points to this being a kidnapping incident.


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FWPD Releases Video Of Officer-Involved Shooting

Nearly a year after the incident took place, the Fort Worth PD released video on Wednesday of an officer-involved shooting. The release came on the heels of that officer being indicted on aggravated assault charges.


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Woman Dies In West Dallas House Fire

A woman in west Dallas died early Tuesday morning during a fire at a home. Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a 911 call about the blaze and arrived to find flames shooting from the roof and windows of the single-story house.


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Brown Under Pressure To Fix Dallas Crime Surge

Dallas has seen a surge in violent crime so far this year, and now pressure is growing for Chief David Brown of the Dallas PD to do something about it. Police unions are questioning how to bring that number down.


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2 Fatal Shootings Are The Latest In Dallas Crime Trend

Police are looking for a killer after two deadly shootings at a north Dallas apartment complex. These killings add to an already deadly month of March compared to last year, and some disturbing overall crime numbers for the City of Dallas.




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