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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A nurse draws a dose of flu vaccine. (credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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

Photo: Joel Thomas

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And the drainage and water pipes under the road are crumbling and outdated too.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

Intersections around Fort Worth have illegal signs.

Forth Worth Needs Public’s Help Eliminating Illegal Signs

Code enforcement calls them bandit signs even though a lot of people think they’re okay because they’re on public property.

CBS 11–09/12/2016

Dogs in Denton shelter.

Denton Official Pocketing Money From Animal Adoption Center

A Denton city department head is charged with stealing money that was earmarked to help animals.

CBS 11–09/09/2016


TWU Students Show Police Appreciation With Pizza

Students at Texas Woman’s University today reacted to message from the chief of police here on campus.


A major traffic jam. (credit: Getty Images/Jeff Topping)

Fort Worth’s Most Dangerous Intersections

In the past few years first responders treated injuries in more than two dozen crashes at the corner of Henderson and Weatherford. Sometimes one right after another.


MedStar has ambulances stationed on both ends of a stretch of Lancaster Avenue in east Fort Worth lined with numerous homeless shelters and service providers. (CBS11)

MedStar Responds To Dangerous Fort Worth Road

MedStar has ambulances stationed on both ends of a stretch of Lancaster Avenue in east Fort Worth lined with numerous homeless shelters and service providers.



Plant Species Taking Over Texas Lakes; Impacting Boater Safety

Many people have heard about plant species taking over a lake — they just haven’t heard about it in Texas.


Brandi Kamper talks about the day the saved officer Matt Pearce's life. (CBS11)

Fort Worth Officer Recalls Saving Colleague’s Life

The officer who was shot five times pursuing a fugitive in March and the officer who helped save him talked about the fateful day Friday at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex in Fort Worth.


Capstone Elementary in Keller ISD (Joel Thomas)

Healthier, Fresher Cafeteria Options In Keller ISD

Feedback from Keller’s kids helped shape how cafeterias operate in Sodexo’s 500 school districts nationwide.


(Credit: Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)

Denton Sprays for Mosquitoes Near Zika Patient’s Home

The City of Denton targeted the yards of 22 homes to spray where mosquitoes could breed after a resident returned from Puerto Rico with the Zika virus.




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