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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Family Of Man Shot By Arlington Officers Asking For Answers

Tavis Crane, 27, was shot and killed after police said he ran over an officer with his car during a traffic stop.


North Texas At Epicenter Of Rose-Killing Disease

North Texas is at the epicenter of a rose-killing disease, and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is grateful they have any roses at all the Valentine’s Day after they had to destroy every rose bush.


Old Fort Worth Neighborhood In Danger Of Losing Its History

One of Fort Worth’s oldest African-American neighborhoods may be in danger of losing it’s history.


Furniture Giant IKEA Coming To North Fort Worth

The store will fit in with what’s already gone up on North Tarrant Parkway. There are restaurants, a Costco and Target right across the street.


Street Changes Could Get More People Walking In Fort Worth

The face of West Berry Street bordering the TCU campus could see some big changes thanks to new zoning adopted by the Fort Worth City Council.


Fort Worth City Council To Vote On ‘Quiet Zones’

Tonight Fort Worth’s city council is on track to silence train horns at ten of the noisiest intersections in the city.


Gardening Experts: Kill The Urge To Plant Too Soon

Experts say the urge to get out in the garden like it’s spring could mean you’re buying plants that won’t make it to summer or pruning trees at the wrong time of year and that could kill them.

CBS 11–02/06/2017

Call For Arlington PD To Release Dash Cam Footage Of Officer-Involved Shooting

There is a call tonight for Arlington police to release dash cam video of an officer involved shooting. The footage shows what happened as an officer was run over during a traffic stop and the driver was shot and killed.


Man Shot, Killed After Running Over Arlington Officer

Arlington Police said during a traffic stop for allegedly throwing drug paraphernalia out a window, a 14-year veteran corporal officer realized the driver, 23-year-old Tavis Crane, had a warrant for evading arrest and a probation violation.


Pro Bono Efforts To Help International Travelers At DFW To Continue Indefinitely

Two attorneys, Chris Hamilton and Lisa Blue, say they will donate a total of $100,000 to fund the operation.


Fort Worth Making Progress In Childhood Obesity Battle

Health experts in Fort Worth say they have seen a drop in the number of obese children and the number of children at risk of being obese.


Police Chief Stands By Suspension Of Fort Worth Officer In Video

Chief Joel Fitzgerald says department policy limited what disciplinary actions he could take against officer Martin and he didn’t see firing him as an option.




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