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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FW Stock Show

Fort Worth Stock Show And Rodeo Begins

Crowds and cows are pouring into Fort Worth the next few weeks.



Chisholm Trail Parkway Speed Limit Could Be Raised

It took 60 years to design and build the Chisholm Trail Parkway and 18 months of driver complaints to realize planners made a mistake.



Denton Police Not Sure Why Son Allegedly Murdered Parents

Investigators say Stephen Scott told a dispatcher he’d killed his parents during a 9-1-1 call Sunday.


Amber Jenkins, her mom Catherine and her aid dog, Maggie moved into some pretty sweet digs today. (credit: CBS11)

Single Mom Tornado Survivor & Special Needs Daughter Move Into $1.5M Home

What would make a person open the doors to his vacant, $1.5 million house to homeless victims of the tornado in Garland?


Eric Jamal Johnson mug shot

Suspect In Murder Of UNT Student Won’t Fight Extradition

Denton PD are working to get Eric Jamal Johnson back to Texas.


Ridgmar Mall (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Big New Ideas For Fort Worth’s Ridgmar Mall

GK Development has already started a multi-million dollar makeover project at Ridgmar. And now the company is looking at designs that could change Macy’s into mixed use space with shops, eateries, open walking space and even hotel or residential space.



Friends Of Marine Accused Of Killing UNT Student Shocked

“He couldn’t have done this,” Arian Helm said. “That was my first reaction. I’m just shocked. You left me speechless you know?”


Arlington ISD

Longer School Days Ahead For Arlington ISD Students

The school district is about to lengthen its school days by nine minutes, hoping to either provide a buffer in case weather-related school closures are needed or give everyone an early summer break.


Open Carry Tarrant County demonstrates New Year's Day. (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Open Carry Advocates Still Demonstrating

Open Carry Tarrant County returned to the corner where their movement to legalize uncovered, holstered pistol gained notoriety. Their presence still drew emotional reactions.


(credit: San Antonio Police Department)

TCU Fans Disappointed In Boykin, QB Apologizes

The star quarterback known for a compassionate picture kneeling to talk to a girl in a wheelchair on the playing field is now in front of news cameras entering and leaving a San Antonio jail.


Denton Bible Church (Chopper11)

Two Denton Churches Receive Anonymous Threats

Two different churches, two anonymous letters and one chilling message: Stop Christmas Eve services or your churches will be bombed.


Tonya and Ethan Couch

Tons Of Tips Coming In On Missing Couch

A limited edition, Harley Davidson F150 pickup, Texas license plate BC50945, is owned by Ethan’s mother Tonya Couch. She’s been added to a national police data base notifying officers she is a missing person.




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