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Joel Thomas

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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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Some Worry New Development Will Destroy Stockyards Culture

The Fort Worth Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of a controversial, multi-million dollar construction project near the stockyards, but because of commission rules will recommend the city council deny the developers permission to build it.

CBS 11–07/09/2014

Claire Sullivan, 6, is recognized for her bravery by the City of Arlington, after calling 911 to try and get help for her grandmother. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

6-Year-Old Texas Hero Honored For Placing Lifesaving 911 Call

Six-year-old Claire Sullivan’s grandmother was babysitting her at her Arlington apartment when a 20 minute, life-or-death drama began to unfold.

CBS 11–07/08/2014

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Federal Judge May Grant Injunction In Arlington Open Carry Lawsuit

An open carry gun rights group is asking a judge to temporarily suspend enforcement of a law preventing people from handing out flyers to people driving by in busy intersections.

07/07/2014

The shores of Wichita Falls' lakes extend for well over a hundred yards further than they did before the severe drought. (credit: Joel Thomas/CBSDFW.COM Gold Star reporter)

Wichita Falls Wants To Use Chemical To Prevent Lake Evaporation

Wichita Falls is looking at spreading a state-approved, environmentally friendly polymar over its largest lake, Arrowhead.

07/04/2014

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New Rules Limit Playtime At Popular Fountain

Sundance Square President and CEO Johnny Campbell views their new rule as a guarantee other activities won’t interrupt so-called fountain time.

07/03/2014

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High-Tech, 220-Ton, Cancer-Fighting Machine Arrives In Irving

Workers were busy Wednesday moving and installing a huge, high-tech piece of cancer fighting equipment at the new Center for Proton Therapy.

CBS 11–07/02/2014

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Soccer At AT&T Stadium Equals Christmas In July For Businesses

The World Cup watch party at AT&T Stadium had ideal conditions to create Christmas in July for businesses in the shadow of the stadium. Retail stores and restaurants in Arlington are racking in major profits.

CBS 11–07/01/2014

We eyed this creepy crawler on the upstairs patio of the CBS 11 newsroom. (credit: Annie Potasznik)

Pest Control Business Booming After Recent Rains

If it flies, crawls, bites, buzzes or stings, chances are it’s thriving after recent rains.

06/26/2014

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Tarrant Co. Flooding Damaging Homes, Closing Businesses

Many homeowners say they have flooded the city with complaints for years about poor drainage in the area but still fear flooding when heavy rain storms hit.

06/25/2014

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Bumpy Ride For Drivers During I-30 Repaving Project

A re-paving project on I-30 is proving to be a traffic hazard for North Texas commuters.

06/24/2014

Whether you live there, visit its attractions or just pass through, you're going to see the effects of city wide road construction in Arlington. (credit: Joel Thomas, CBS 11 News)

Arlington Road Construction Taking Toll On Businesses

Road construction in Arlington is set to increase. Increasing difficulty for some businesses.

06/23/2014

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Students Use 3-D Printer To Make Patient A Prosthetic Hand

A 3-D printer can model in plastic anything drawn on a computer. With that in mind, three Mansfield High School students decided they’d use a 3-D printer to give someone a hand — literally.

CBS 11–06/18/2014

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