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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Protesters gather to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bans certain immigration, at DFW International Airport on January 28, 2017. (credit: G. Morty Ortega/Getty Images)

Pro Bono Efforts To Help International Travelers At DFW To Continue Indefinitely

Two attorneys, Chris Hamilton and Lisa Blue, say they will donate a total of $100,000 to fund the operation.


FWISD student eating (CBS11)

Fort Worth Making Progress In Childhood Obesity Battle

Health experts in Fort Worth say they have seen a drop in the number of obese children and the number of children at risk of being obese.


Incoming Fort Worth Police Department Chief Joel Fitzgerald. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Police Chief Stands By Suspension Of Fort Worth Officer In Video

Chief Joel Fitzgerald says department policy limited what disciplinary actions he could take against officer Martin and he didn’t see firing him as an option.


Fort Worth Arrest Bodycam Video

Charges Dropped; Body Cam Video Fort Worth Arrest Released

The video emerged just hours before police announced all charges against the Craigs would be dropped and the officer would not have to appear in front of a grand jury on any charges.



Fort Worth Stock Show And Rodeo Hoping Weather Brings Up Attendance Numbers

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo vendors and organizers say they’re confident a good forecast will help lift attendance numbers which so far have lagged slightly behind last year.



Development Leads To More Options For Fun In Grand Prairie

The city hopes it is part of a rash of building projects that will lure visitors into town and into the mom and pop shops desperate for new customers.



Vandals Deface Little Elm High School Band Trailer

While the community mourned the death of Detective Jerry Walker someone vandalized their high school band’s trailer.


A "T" bus and Trinity Railway Express train. (credit: Fort Worth Transportation Authority)

Arlington Renewing Efforts Toward Public Transportation

For decades, Arlington has wrestled with the idea of creating a large public transportation system. But almost all those plans have been derailed.


ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15:  Dallas Cowboys fans cheer during the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Disappointed Cowboys Fans Feel Good About Future

CBS11 talked to fans from as far away as Canada who said this playoff loss is hard to stomach.


Cowboys fans gathered at AT&T Stadium to rally before the team's playoff game. (Joel Thomas/Twitter)

Cowboys Fans Gather At AT&T Stadium For Rally

It was a different kind of play on the field at AT&T Stadium on the Saturday before the big NFC divisional playoff game between the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers.



Vendors Bucking The Weather At Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

It seems like every year there is some sort of bad weather for the open of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.


Cannan Huey-You may be little, but he's a big man on the campus of TCU. (credit: CBS11 News)

11-Year-Old Studies Intergalactic Space At TCU

Among the scientists, faculty and students roaming the halls at TCU’s College of Science, you’ll find 11 year old Cannan Huey-You. He’s not lost. He’s there studying intergalactic space.




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