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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North Texan Marcie Gibson has ALS and is campaigning to have all Ice Bucket Challenge money go to research. (credit: Joel Thomas/CBS 11 News)

Texas ALS Patient Wants ‘Ice Bucket’ $ To Go To Research

Marcie Gibson is completely paralyzed by ALS and lies in her wheelchair, with a specialized computer in front of her. She wants the ALS Association to spend the more than $100 million recently raised solely on research.

CBS 11–09/10/2014

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Fort Worth Council Considering Discipline For Police Chief

The Fort Worth City Council is taking a closer look at Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead, who has served in that role since December 2008.

09/09/2014

A photo of 94-year-old Marine Alcee Chriss wearing his Congressional Gold Medal. (credit: Ann Pulliza/CBSDFW.COM)

North Texas WW II Marine Hero Is Living Black History

Senior citizens in Fort Worth know Alcee Chriss as the man who calls raffles and bingo and volunteers to help out with projects like the food bank. But recently, they found out Chriss is living history.

CBS 11–09/04/2014

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Fallen Firefighter’s Son Receives Star Of Texas Award

The ceremonies people most closely link with fallen heroes are somber and heart wrenching.

09/03/2014

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I-30 Construction ‘Bumps’ Mean Repairs Will Take Longer

Tuesday evening crews shutdown two lanes of I-30, on both sides, until 6 a.m. Wednesday. For months drivers have bumped and rattled over a construction project that’s taking longer than planned.

CBS 11–09/02/2014

Perry "unauthorized" tweet

Rick Perry Joins List Of Political Social Media “Fails”

Governor Perry’s Twitter account posted a picture of the Travis County DA with the line, “I am the most drunk democrat in Texas.” The governor quickly tweeted that he wasn’t responsible for the message.

CBS 11–09/01/2014

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Garage Explosion Kills 1, Injures Another

A huge explosion in the garage of an Arlington home rattled houses around it and left one man dead.

08/29/2014

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Arrow Through The Heart Kills Beloved Llama

Employees at the Cinnamon Creek Ranch archery range say someone intentionally shot their mascot through the heart with a blunt, target arrow.

08/28/2014

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Virtual Schools A Flexible Option For Students

Most students spend the first day of school finding their locker or their home room. But Tristin Thomas spent his first day of 8th grade at home, logging into his virtual classroom.

08/25/2014

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A Miraculous Recovery, Fort Worth Doctor Survives Ebola

Dr. Kent Brantly took the stage in Atlanta for a press conference as an Ebola survivor thankful to the staff of the hospital and relief agencies who came to his aid.

08/21/2014

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Cleaning Crew Finds More Ashes At Troubled Mortuary

A cleaning crew at the building once occupied by a mortuary where eight decaying and mummified bodies were found said they found ashes they believe are the cremated remains of a person.

08/20/2014

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Perry’s Attorney Calls Indictment ‘Banana Republic’ Politics

“This is nothing more than banana republic politics,” said Tony Buzbee, the lead attorney of the five lawyers Gov. Perry hired.

08/18/2014

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