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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(photo credit: Joel Thomas, CBS11 News)

Public Awareness Campaign Aims To Prevent Child Heat Deaths

Pantego police have started a public awareness campaign to prevent child heat deaths in cars by using signs in businesses to ask parents where their kids are.


roommate of The Colony break in victim.

Woman In The Colony Wakes Up To Find Stranger In Her Room

Wednesday, at 4:00 a.m., the young woman woke up to find a man near her bed with his cellphone light on.


Safety concerns are growing for Pokemon Go players. (CBS11)

Safety Concerns Growing For ‘Pokemon Go’ Players

Although Pokemon Go players are having fun at different locations, there are some places that players are asked to stay away from.


Officers seen from Chopper 11 after shooting in Ellis Co. (Credit CBS DFW)

Suspects In Custody In Drive-By Shooting In Ellis Co.

Police in Ellis County were fired upon late Tuesday morning after they responded to a report of a drive-by shooting in Ennis.



New Details On Robot That Killed Ambush Suspect

A catalog from military contractor Northrop Grumman highlights the features of the bomb robot used by the Dallas Police Department.


Baby born in car (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Family Rejoices In Baby Born In Car!

Phoebe Smith was born on the Fourth of July as her parents tried to get to the hospital.


Matthew Keller

Court Documents Reveal Former Teacher Lied About Boy’s Age

A federal investigator says former Fort Worth ISD drama teacher and church youth minister Matthew Keller told him he met a Michigan boy about two years ago on a website.


Zachary Holifield is accused of sexually assaulting two children. (Plano PD)

Attorney Requesting Bond Reduction For Plano Teen Accused Of Sexual Assault

Zachary Holifield, 17, is expected in court Wednesday.


Fourth of July heat (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Combating Fourth Of July Heat A Challenge

First aid stations are positioned along the river banks with MedStar personnel visible on four-wheelers with gurneys on the back.


(credit: MedStar EMS)

Lab Technicians Test Trinity River For E. Coli

Lab technicians are testing Trinity River water to see if visitors to weekend events in Fort Worth can dunk their heads in the water to cool off.


Veterans protest (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Dozens Of Veterans Protest Possible Changes To VA System

Veterans worry they’ll lose the only caregivers who understand their needs.


(credit: Arlington Resident Carol Cash)

Old Homes In Arlington Heights Plagued By Flooding

It was a long, unexpected night for Carleton and Western Avenues and the homes built half a century ago on an old creek bed in Arlington Heights.




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