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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The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office shows Aaron Singleton died the day after family members say he fell hard hitting his face mask on the ground during a junior varsity game Thursday.

Joshua HS Football Player Dies After Game Injury

A Joshua family is shocked and in mourning tonight after their 15-year-old son collapsed during a football game and later died.


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Rainy Weather Not Deterring Race Fans Outside TMS

NASCAR fans have already pulled in with their campers and are ready for the weekend.


Construction on White Settlement Road (credit:CBSDFW)

Road Construction On Henderson Has An Uncertain Deadline

The delays have left some businesses stranded behind construction barriers and huge mounds of construction material.

CBS 11–11/02/2016

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Famous North Texan Lives With Long List Of Phobias

A lot of people have phobias. Statistics show as many as 20% of Americans have a phobia at some point in their life.

CBS 11–10/31/2016

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Military Dad Surprises Teen Sent To Principal’s Office

The army deployed Staff Sergeant Juan Avila three times for a total of 35 months, but he’s never received a homecoming like this one.

CBS 11–10/27/2016

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Woman Pleads For Thief To Return Dead Father’s Wallet

In the stolen bag she carried her dead father’s wallet which contained his California driver’s license and a family picture.

CBS 11–10/26/2016

Eddie Robinson  - last surviving member of 1948 Cleveland Indian World Champs

North Texan Is Last Surviving Member Of ’48 World Champion Indians

Eddie Robinson said the franchise he played for seems to have forgotten about him.


early voting preparations in Tarrant County (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Final Preparations This Weekend For Early Voting In Texas

Election workers will put in long hours over the weekend preparing the first day of early voting on Monday.


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Fort Worth Zoo Planning Major Renovation Projects

Changes are coming to the Fort Worth Zoo over the next decade. The zoo has kicked off a campaign called “A Wilder Vision,” in hopes of renovating some of their most popular animal exhibits.


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Rangers Fans Feel Snubbed By MLB Schedule

There were two major incidents building to a momentous post season rematch between the Rangers and Blue Jays.


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Fort Worth Seeks More Age-Friendly Community Reputation

Fort Worth is preparing for what some call the aging tsunami.


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Report: People Killed By Police Broken Down

According to The Guardian page The Counted, as of Sept. 23 the largest number of people by race killed by police this year are white — 387 people.




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