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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North Texans react to wearing summer clothing in late December. (Joel Thomas/Twitter)

North Texans React To Warm Post-Christmas Weather

The unseasonably warm weather had people scrapping traditional post-Christmas routines.



Forth Worth Partners With ‘Waze’ Traffic App

Fort Worth is the first city in Texas to partner with Waze.


More mumps cases were confirmed in Johnson County. (credit: CBS11 News)

Health Officials: Children Need A Second Mumps Vaccine

Tonight, health officials in Johnson County are telling parents to go ahead and a get a second mumps vaccine shot for children even if they’re pre-K aged.



City Of Keller Introduces 911 App

First responders in the Keller area say a new app will instantly give them information critical to responding to emergency calls and it could save lives in cities where it is now active.


(credit: Chuck Schechner/KRLD NewsRadio 1080)

Arlington ISD Parents Upset With Next Year’s School Start Date

Arlington ISD is getting a hard lesson in complying with state law while not angering parents with next year’s schedule.



Fort Worth Elderly Man Saved From House Fire

An elderly man was rescued from a burning home in south Fort Worth in the 2100 block of Andrew Avenue.


Frozen Pipes

Attention Homeowners: Protect Your Pipes This Winter

Plumbers will see the side effects of frozen, broken pipes usually from home owners who neglected to protect their pipes or simply didn’t know they needed to protect their new home.


A man warms himself by the fireplace. (credit: Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Chimney Sweeps Working Long Hours Now That Winter’s Here

With a frigid blast of freezing cold air rolling toward Texas, many are racing to ensure they’re able to stay warm safely.


A 14-month-old child sits on the lap of her mother as she receives the combined Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. (credit: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images)

Mumps Immunizations Required For Returning Cleburne Students

Parents in Cleburne are being told their children must be immunized for mumps before they can return to school.


Cedar Hill package thief (surveillance)

Priceless Memory Of Man’s Stepfather Stolen From Cedar Hill Porch

Dion Martin had one huge connection with his stepfather who died this year. Their love of San Francisco 49ers football.


Carl Brewer

Teen Arrested After 2 Found Dead In Crowley Home

Crowley Police arrested Carl Edward Brewer, 17, Wednesday afternoon and charged him with two counts of murder.


Arlington (CBS11)

City Of Arlington Pondering Potential Washington Cuts

At an Arlington City Council meeting Tuesday, elected leaders were briefed on some possibilities that might mean tighter budgets and tough spending choices for large projects.




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