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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Joe Pool Lake (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Business Coming Back After Flooding At Joe Pool Lake

Monday, boaters waited in line to launch their water crafts to hit the lake for the first big holiday weekend since the Lynn Creek Marina reopened.



Rain Boots Fit For A Queen On-Trend At Dean & DeLuca Invitational

The Colonial crowd doesn’t let rain put a damper on fashion.


Graffiti at Arlington's Martin High School (CBS11)

Security Tightens At 2 Arlington Schools After Racist Graffiti Found

Photos showed spray painted profanity, vulgar pictures and the words ‘whites only’ sprayed over a drinking fountain at Martin High School.


This little guy loves dumpster diving and long walks to your pantry. (credit: CBS11 News)

Rats On The Rise In Flower Mound After Historic Rains

More and more Flower Mound residents are contacting Environmental Services lately with concerns about rats and mice scurrying around their homes.


The Waddell's, from left to right; Matthew, Benjamin, Neil and Jody. (Joel Thomas - CBS11)

Fort Worth Family Graduates From TCC At The Same Time

Jody and Neil Waddell answered their sons’ challenge when the parents were pushing them to go to college.


A boy was hit by a driver in Arlington.

Boy Hit By Car In Arlington, Driver Charged With DWI

A woman was arrested and charged with DWI after hitting a 10-year-old boy with her car Saturday.


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Thrift Store For Homeless ‪Veterans About To Go Under

For years a North Texas man has done his part to help military veterans. Now, he and his family need help of their own.



Water Damages Historic XTO Building In Fort Worth

Large pumps hummed outside of the XTO building on the east end of The Stockyards Thursday as they pumped air through giant tubes into the historic building in an effort to dry out parts of the building damaged by water overnight.



Rev. Kyev Tatum Asks TEA To Investigate FWISD Transgender Meeting

The Fort Worth head of the SCLC is asking a state agency to look into how the Fort Worth school district conducted a public meeting to hear reaction to controversial district policies regarding the treatment of transgender students.


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Manziel In Court For Domestic Violence Case

Johnny Manziel made his first court appearance in Dallas on Thursday morning after his indictment in a domestic violence case. The former Browns quarterback learned the details of his release.


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Big Rig Crash Blocks Fort Worth Highway For Hours

Traffic has started moving again along southbound Interstate-35W in Fort Worth after being shut down Wednesday morning. A crash involving an 18-wheeler turned the highway into a parking lot for nearly four straight hours.


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Officials Discuss Bullet Train Connecting DFW & Houston

Discussions continue in Fort Worth on Wednesday about a proposed high-speed rail that would connect the Metroplex with Houston. The trip between Cowtown and H-Town would last only about 90 minutes.




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