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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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North Texas Firefighters Take 9/11 Memorial On The Road

The Prosper Fire Department has a heavy metal piece of history from Ground Zero.

CBS 11–09/04/2015


Neighborhood Changes Near AT&T Stadium

A nearly 30 acre, undeveloped lot has a new owner and could see commercial and/or residential development beginning in coming months.


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CBS 11 Reporter Gears Up & Takes The Firefighter Combat Challenge

Arlington is setting up the obstacle course for a regional, firefighter combat challenge. The competition is a timed, physical challenge that runs firefighters through a rigorous course in full firefighting gear including air tanks.

CBS 11–08/28/2015

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Police Praise Actions Of 10-Year-Old Approached By Suspicious Driver

Police say a young girl approached by a stranger did everything right. In fact, authorities in North Richland Hills are so impressed with the moves the little girl made, they say parents can use them as a lesson for their children.

CBS 11–08/27/2015

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SPCA Rescues Nearly 150 Animals From Balch Springs House

SPCA rescue teams entered a Balch Springs home Wednesday afternoon and were soon pulling out stacks of animal crates from a home that records show is occupied by a 69-year-old woman.

CBS 11–08/26/2015

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Residents Trapped By Rail Cars Hoping City Council Will Bring Relief

A small neighborhood east of Fort Worth is hoping it will soon get some relief after years of busy railroad tracks causing long delays when trying to get in and out of the area.

CBS 11–08/25/2015

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Electric Company Warning: Beware Of Fake Utility Workers

Oncor Electric is warning customers through social media of thieves posing as employees. The fake workers have been reported in towns across North Texas — from Mesquite to Midland.

CBS 11–08/24/2015

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Regal Cinemas Now Checks Bags At The Door

A national theater chain is now checking purses and backpacks at door. Will that keep you from going to cinema or encourage you to go?


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Hot, Dry Conditions = Increased North Texas Grass Fire Risk

A dozen North Texas counties have declared burn bans as foliage and area residents wither during a long, dry summer. And fire hazards become more dangerous with each dry, hot day.

CBS 11–08/18/2015

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Wildfire Concern Top Of Mind In Parts Of North Texas

Firefighters handed out the pamphlets in neighborhoods nestled in trees, brush and grass that flourished in spring rains are now fuel for a fire.



Keller ISD Postpones Vote On Anti-Discrimination Policy

KISD is backing away from the hot button issue of adding LGBT to the list of group specifically protected against discrimination in its codes.


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Father Of Arlington Teen Killed Frustrated; Feels Judged

The father of nineteen year old Christian Taylor who was shot and killed while unarmed during a car dealership burglary said the fact Arlington fired the officer who killed his son and is pursuing criminal charges brings no joy to him.