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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Neighbors On Edge After Homeowner Kills Intruder

An overnight deadly shooting after an apparent home invasion attempt has some Rhome families like the Thornhills worried for their safety.

12/26/2014

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Volunteers Bring Christmas To Shelter Residents

Volunteers are Santa’s Elves and give Christmas gifts at Arlington Life Shelter.

CBS 11–12/24/2014

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3 Fort Worth Families Remain Hopeful About 40 Year-Old Cold Case

During the holidays three Fort Worth families are thoughts are on a 40 year old, unsolved mystery.

CBS 11–12/23/2014

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Cowboys Victory Makes Playoff Tickets A Hot Christmas Gift

Ticket vendors say playoff tickets are suddenly the hot Christmas gift since Sunday’s win.

12/22/2014

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Ebola Survivor Dr. Kent Brantly Honored In Fort Worth

Tarrant County commissioners dubbed Tuesday “Dr. Kent Brantly Day” in honor of the medical missionary who contracted the Ebola virus last summer.

CBS 11–12/09/2014

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School Bus Driver Recounts Afternoon Of Fire & Evacuation

School bus driver Heather Bowen said she had no reason to fear for the safety of the high school-aged students on her Northwest ISD bus Wednesday. But that vehicle was minutes from being engulfed in flames.

CBS 11–12/04/2014

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Murder-Suicide At Keller Living Center

A former military man, Joe Woolum, 80, kept a morning routine at his Keller assisted care residence

12/03/2014

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House Fire Set By Cigarette Kills Retired Marine

Cleburne firefighters say a paralyzed, retired Marine accidentally set himself on fire with a cigarette and died in the blaze despite his elderly mother’s best attempts to save him.

12/02/2014

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Fort Worth Considering Demolishing 5 Public Pools

Fort Worth is about to dive into the problem of how to deal of a handful of eyesore pools.

CBS 11–11/27/2014

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It’s The Annual ‘Black Pieday’ At Fort Worth Pastry Shop

Most businesses wait for Black Friday. But for the Swiss Pastry Shop in Fort Worth, the day before Thanksgiving could be called Black Pieday.

CBS 11–11/26/2014

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Parents Urged To Talk To Their Children About Sexual Predators

The lengths that two suspected child predators in Hurst would go to are hard for adults to fathom. Which is why when it comes to talking with their kids about predators it’s hard for some parents to know what to say.

CBS 11–11/21/2014

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Plan Ahead For More North Tarrant Express Lane Closures

Angel Yanez knows the misery of driving on the construction riddled I-35W corridor north of Fort Worth.

11/18/2014

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