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 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.


(photo credit: Krystal Green)

Elementary School Not Finished For 1st Day, Parents Upset

Wet weather and a delay in receiving construction supplies put construction of Peach Elementary School on Baird Farm Road in Arlington behind schedule.


A bridge failure caused a train to derail in Roanoke. (Town of Flower Mound/Facebook)

Relief Comes Tuesday For Commuters In Roanoke After Train Derailment

The road is scheduled to open Tuesday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for the morning commute and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the afternoon.


highway connector project location (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Business Owners In Grapevine Worried About New Highway Construction Project

A major new construction project building connections between State Highways 121, 360 and 114 gets underway Monday.



Solar-Powered Crossing Signs Part Of $1M School Safety Makeover

A dozen schools in Fort Worth will have upgraded school zone safety signs to start the new school year in a program that could quickly grow to impact a large number of the 200,000 students in the city.


Fort Worth bike lane sign (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

New Bike Lanes Causing Confusion Near Elementary School

Trace Ridge Parkway next to Lone Star Elementary School in north Fort Worth has undergone a dramatic facelift since parents last picked up their children from school several months ago.


Rangers game on very hot afternoon (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Rangers Fans And Workers Brave Hot Temps

There was one spot that was especially punishing as the midday sun beat down blazed.




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