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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Drought Dries Up Business In Mineral Wells

Towns such as Mineral Wells are blending river water with the lake water to stretch reserves.

11/03/2014

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NASCAR Fans Race To The Race At Texas Motor Speedway

The NASCAR events at Texas Motor Speedway create tremendous traffic congestion as 180,000 fans flock to the races. But some have invested a lot of time winning the race to the race.

CBS 11–10/31/2014

Woodland Trust Inspect Trees For Signs Of Ash Dieback Disease

Construction Crews Mistakenly Cut Down Trees

A spokesperson for the city of McKinney has called it ” a really awful mistake.”

10/29/2014

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Swim Teacher Dies After Jeep Rear-Ended On Toll Road

The Texas Department of Public Safety is trying to determine if road rage between two drivers led to the crash and death of a third driver late Saturday night near Josey Lane on The Sam Rayburn Tollway.

10/27/2014

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Students Train As Firefighters For Class Credit

An innovative Arlington Fire Department program is placing high school students through the same training as fire academy students.

10/23/2014

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Texas Presbyterian Nurses Stand Behind Hospital

Nurses and staff from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital marched out of their hospital building dressed in scrubs Monday afternoon to appear in a united front before the media.

10/20/2014

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Liberian Community Concerned About Ebola Stigma

Ebola patient is being cared for in the city with the second largest population of African immigrants

CBS 11–10/18/2014

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Second Ebola Patient’s Father: She’s “In Fine Spirits”

One day after the Center For Disease Control confirmed Nina Pham, 26, has Ebola, her father told CBS 11 News she’s “in fine spirits.”

10/13/2014

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UTA Students Relocate; Move On From Storms

Nursing student Magen Isaacs’ University of Texas at Arlington living quarters are much smaller than where she lived just a week ago.

10/10/2014

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Guitars Stolen From Grace Tabernacle Church

Letter by letter, an associate pastor spelled out a message on the marquee in front of Grace Tabernacle Church in south Fort Worth Thursday.

10/09/2014

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Frequent Travels To Africa Carry Ebola Stigma

The CDC and homeland security will enhance health screenings for international passengers at 5 airports: New York’s JFK, Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta Hartsfield.

10/08/2014

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Ebola Threat May Impact DFW Airport Protocol

In a day where travelers are already slowed by long lines at security checkpoint, some think a health checkpoint would be another unnecessary delay.

10/06/2014

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