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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Drones Will Soon Help First Responders

North Texas first responders get a first look at the next generation of high tech drones.


Possible Dinosaur Tracks Discovered In Springtown

A hiker found the tracks and paleontologists are pretty excited about them.


Friends Of Murdered Restaurant Manager Remember Father Of Four

Friends of Zona Caliente Sports Bar manager Cesar Perez describe him as more like family than coworker, a caring father of four (ages 18, 17, 12 and 10) and as having an unflappably laid back and good-natured attitude.


Myles Garrett’s HS Coach Bursts With Pride

Martin High School’s head football coach Bob Wager was with Myles Garrett when he was drafted Thursday night.


Grandmother ‘An Eye For An Eye; He Needs To Pay For Killing My Baby’

One Fort Worth family has waited nearly two decades for this day, now they’re only an hour away from the justice they’ve wanted for the murder of a college cheerleader.


Former Firefighter’s Stance On Prop 2 Draws Ire From Colleagues

A battle at the ballot box about how Arlington’s fire department is controlled has ignited passionate debate.


Arlington’s K9 Units Are Cute, Cuddly And Can Sniff Out Explosives

They’re cute. They’re cuddly. They’re among the country’s most elite anti-terrorism tools. Arlington’s K9 units have a skill to keep crowds safe which few others in the U.S. have.


Rowlett Pays Big Money After Building Radio Tower On Wrong Land

Rowlett taxpayers are paying for a towering mistake after a radio tower was accidentally built on someone’s private property.


North Texan Sues E-Cigarette Battery Maker For Explosion In Pocket

Matthew Bonestele said the spare battery in his pocket exploded and burned him.


Some Cities Challenge Oncor’s Proposed Electricity Rate Increase

Oncor is seeking to raise its electric rates to increase its revenue by 7½ percent.


Family Of Driver Who Hit Arlington Teen Apologizes

A morning walk to school ended with a 15-year old boy fighting for his life in the hospital.


Medal Of Honor Recipients Recognized In North Texas

More than 500 motorcycles, officers from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies and firefighters from three dozen agencies rode alongside the Medal of Honor recipients. Well wishers cheered them along from the roadside.




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