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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High lake levels mean parks, marinas and boat ramps will be closed Memorial Day Weekend on Lake Lewisville
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From Too Little Water To Too Much On Lake Lewisville

The parking lot is flooded. So are nearby marinas, boat ramps and parks. The lake is seven-and-a-half feet above its maximum capacity.

05/19/2015

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Rising Denton County Waters Taking A Toll On Man & Beast

A Denton County woman and her neighbors have been watching an unpredictable trespasser on their property — the Trinity River. The water began rising as warnings of possible flooding reached their home Monday night.

CBS 11–05/12/2015

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Teen Tweets About Helicopter Rescue During Flash Flooding

The 17-year-old who is one of two people plucked by a helicopter from the roof of a pick up truck surrounded by rushing flood water declined requests for on-camera interviews, choosing instead to let his tweets tell the story.

05/11/2015

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EF-1 Tornado Weaves Path Of Damage In Wise County

The national weather service said an EF-1 tornado was on the ground for three miles in Wise County last night affecting an area about 200 yards wide.

05/08/2015

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Bedford State Representative Faces Ethics Probe

Jonathan Stickland is accused of faking support for one of his own bills.

05/01/2015

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Volunteer Comes To The Rescue After Residential Road Closures

Euless is the first Texas city to apply a high-tech street surface protection promising to save on road repairs for years, but homeowners can’t drive on it for 24 hours. That’s where Loren Johnson comes in.

CBS 11–04/30/2015

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Woman Takes Dramatic Picture Of North Texas Weather

There were two people with very different reactions to Sunday night’s tornadoes that spun around Rio Vista.

04/27/2015

Despite rain Lake Palo Pinto is in BAD shape, water supplies extremely low. (Credit: CBS 11/Joel Thomas)

Mineral Wells Water Supply Still In Jeopardy Despite Recent Rains

Residents fear the lake that supplies their drinking water may dry up by this fall.

04/24/2015

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Police Involved In Fort Worth Neighborhood Gun Fight

A gunman, who may have been trying rob a man in his house, triggered a massive shootout with police that left the suspect dead on a northeast Fort Worth street.

04/22/2015

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Vets Honoring 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War At NAS Fort Worth JRB

U.S. Navy CDR (Ret.) Jack Bailey did a lot while serving in both the Army and the Navy, but he would not want to repeat the reception at the airport one man gave him when he returned from Vietnam.

04/21/2015

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Pre-ACM Interview With Lady Antebellum Singer Hillary Scott

Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott tells us in an exclusive interview she has a lot to be thankful for.

CBS 11–04/17/2015

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A Witness To 40 Years Of Country Music History

Country music in North Texas has flowed under the fingers of Charlie Ferguson for 40 years.

04/17/2015

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