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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Dallas Police Chief David Brown (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Brown Under Pressure To Fix Dallas Crime Surge

Dallas has seen a surge in violent crime so far this year, and now pressure is growing for Chief David Brown of the Dallas PD to do something about it. Police unions are questioning how to bring that number down.


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2 Fatal Shootings Are The Latest In Dallas Crime Trend

Police are looking for a killer after two deadly shootings at a north Dallas apartment complex. These killings add to an already deadly month of March compared to last year, and some disturbing overall crime numbers for the City of Dallas.


Large hail fell near the intersection of the President George Bush Turnpike and Preston Road. (credit: Jeff Paul/CBSDFW.COM)

North Texans Start Cleaning Up After Strong Hailstorms

Hail the size of golf balls turned vehicles across North Texas into Swiss cheese late Wednesday night. Plano was one of the hardest hit communities, along with parts of north Dallas.


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$2M Bond For Benbrook Mom Accused Of Killing Kids

The mom accused of killing her two young daughters at their home in Benbrook went before a judge in Fort Worth for the first time Wednesday morning. Judge Ruben Gonzalez found the 31-year-old to be indigent and accepted her plea of not guilty.


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Increased U.S. Airport Security After Belgium Attacks

Multiple explosions in Belgium have left more than 30 people dead and many more hurt, and the attack is already impacting travel to the United States. Travelers with flights to or from Brussels should contact the airlines for information.


Javier Alfredo Leal (credit: Farmers Branch Police Department)

Suspected Kidnapper May Have Been In Vacant Building For Months

Farmers Branch police are investigating a man who may have been a squatter in an office building, after he allegedly assaulted a woman and locked her in the building.

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Javier Alfredo Leal (credit: Farmers Branch Police Department)

Man Found Living In FB Office Building After Standoff

A woman in Farmers Branch, fearing for her life, calls police for help. But the subsequent standoff with police turned into something very different on Sunday morning.


Ken Johnson (credit: Addison Police Department)

Officer Out Of Jail After Being Arrested For Teen’s Murder

A police officer who has been accused of shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy is out of jail on Thursday. Ken Johnson of the Farmers Branch PD bonded out and was released from a side exit not normally used for prisoners leaving the jail.


Officer Matthew Pearce was commissioned in July of 2009 with the Fort Worth Police Department and is assigned to the West Division Patrol Unit. (credit: Fort Worth Police Department)

FWPD Officer Recovering After Shootout With Suspects

An officer with the Fort Worth Police Department is recovering from serious injuries at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth on Wednesday after a Tuesday shootout with a wanted fugitive and that suspect’s son.


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Family Wants Answers After Teen Killed By FB Officer

Friends and family members of 16-year-old Jose Raul Cruz are demanding some answers Tuesday after the teen was shot and killed late Sunday night by a Farmers Branch police officer.


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Tolar Residents Start Cleaning Up After Tornado

Even with more storms hitting parts of North Texas on Wednesday, the focus for families in the Hood County community of Tolar is on cleanup and recovery, after much of the city was ravaged by a tornado less than a day ago.


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Azle Police Officer Shoots & Kills Armed Suspect

A police officer in Azle was forced to fire his weapon Sunday night, and an armed suspect is now dead. It happened at a home where there were reports of a man shooting a gun.




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