Bill can be seen weekdays as co-anchor of the top rated 5, 7 and 10 p.m. editions of Fox 8 News.

Bill Martin came to WJW in 1994, as co-anchor of the then hour-long early morning newscast. He later became field anchor for the 5 p.m. news before joining Fox 8 News in the Morning team in 1996.

After leading the morning show to number one in the ratings for more than three years, Bill was promoted to the 5 p.m. and noon newscasts in 1999.

Prior to WJW, Bill served as a reporter/anchor for WUAB-TV ( Cleveland) from 1991-94. He was a weekend news anchor at WPXI (Pittsburgh) from 1988-91 and since 1980, has had stints in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as well as Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.

Bill is the recipient of the prestigious Headliner Award. He is a multiple winner of Emmy and Associated Press awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. Bill was also inducted into the Ohio Television/Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Buffalo, New York native holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. He has a Masters Degree in Counseling / Human Relations from Liberty University and attended Ashland Theological Seminary. Bill is a licensed professional Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Recent Articles
  • Scott Savol: Journey from Northeast Ohio to Top 5 on American Idol

    CLEVELAND – Scott Savol remembers his time on American Idol fondly and is grateful for the experience. “I was always kind of a quiet person,” Scott told Bill Martin. “I did have a lot of belief of myself but once I got out there and saw that most people find something that they’re good at, that people accept and people enjoy, I found that with idol.” Scott landed in the Top 5 on season 4, the same year as Carrie […]

  • Eric Carmen: Taking a trip down the gold and platinum record lane

    Forty years ago this month, Eric Carmen released a solo album that was an instant smash hit. You might remember ‘All By Myself;’ it went right to the top of the charts. Since this hit-maker lives right here in Northeast Ohio, Bill Martin caught up with him to take a trip down the gold and platinum record lane. Watch Bill’s interview with Eric Carmen in the video above. **Also, don’t miss some great web extras in the additional videos above including […]

  • FOX 8 FOX Trot: Northeast Ohio can make a difference for families dealing with cancer

    Sometimes it’s scary to think just how much life can change in the blink of an eye. One area family found out just how true that is after their son was diagnosed with a very serious form of brain cancer. Thanks to the FOX 8 FOX Trot, Northeast Ohio can make a difference for those battling cancer, and also for their loved ones.  *Watch Bill Martin’s report above for more* This year, all proceeds from the FOX 8 FOX Trot […]

  • Video: Dozens of teens accused of stealing from Akron Circle K

    AKRON, Ohio- Police are trying to identify teen suspects who they believe ransacked and robbed a Circle K store on West Market Street in Akron late Saturday night. Cellphone video taken by the couple that called 911 shows a large group of teens in front of the store. Police said they are waiting for interior surveillance video so they can better determine who took part in the melee. The police report on the incident says a group of about “50-70” […]

  • Who is running? See the top questions people in Cleveland have about presidential candidates

    Cleveland has questions about the 2016 Race for President. We recently told you about what the country wanted to know when it comes to the top contenders for the next President of the United States. Now, Bill Martin takes a look at what those in our city are searching for. Watch the video above for more on that and take a look at the questions below, courtesy of Google Trends. Top Questions on the 2016 Election and Presidential Hopefuls in […]

  • A match made in alphabet heaven as Q and U renew their vows

    BRUNSWICK – Last year, Q and U were married in a kindergarten class at Memorial Elementary School in Brunswick. This year, their vows were renewed to continue their happy marriage. Watch above to see the ceremony.

  • One-of-a-kind check-up for Kitra the orangutan

    CLEVELAND – Fox 8 was granted exclusive access today to a one-of-a-kind medical event: a full physical for Kitra, who happens to be an orangutan at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Kitra was born here 14 years ago, but in a few weeks she will be loaned to a Portland, Oregon zoo where she will hopefully mate and become a first time mother!

  • ‘Wounded Warrior Project’ helps Iraq war hero

    You are going to meet some incredible heroes as we prepare for this year’s FOX 8 FOX Trot. They are veterans working through incredible obstacles with the help of ‘Wounded Warrior Project.’ Sgt. Shane Parsons is one of those veterans. He lost his legs in Iraq after a roadside bomb blew up his Humvee. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury. During the first few months while Shane was at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, hope came after a […]

  • FOX 8 FOX Trot: Boy’s Miraculous Recovery After Brain Injury

    In a flash, his life changed forever. A young boy hit by a car after chasing his ball that went into the street. Our own Bill Martin sat down with Noah’s family and has more on his road to recovery in the video above. Meanwhile, FOX 8 is excited and honored to announce a very special project we intend to continue for years to come: the FOX 8 FOX TROT! ​​Thanks to our friends at Northern Ohio Honda Dealers, Fox […]

  • Fox 8 Chili Cook-off: Tracy McCool & Bill Martin’s Recipes

    The temperatures outside are starting to take a dip and what better way to warm up than chili. Our very own Tracy McCool and Bill Martin faced off in the kitchen to determine who cooks the best chili. Their dishes were put to the taste test during Fox 8 News at 5. Read below for their recipes. Bill Martin’s Spicy Beef Chili with Beans Recipe: 1/4 pound bacon 2 lbs lean ground beef 1 28-ounce can Italian-style (spicy) tomatoes, chopped, […]

  • Bill Martin’s Hometown Hero

    Helping those less fortunate while passing on the gift of giving to a new generation. That’s why Fox 8 News anchor Bill Martin says John Kapelka is his Hometown Hero. At just about 74 years of age, most people are in retirement or at least relaxing. Not John Kapelka, of North Ridgeville. John has more energy than most. He’s up with the sun collecting day-old pastries and breads, but then spends the day at his business performance clinic, servicing and […]

  • Bill Martin’s Fascinating Facts

    Fascinating Facts: Bill Martin 1. I have two tattoos. 2. Two of my three daughters were adopted from Romania. 3. I am an ordained minister. 4. I have a Master’s Degree in counseling and hope to soon have my license as a professional counselor. 5. I have several guitars including a martin (of course) fender Stratocaster, 1956 Gibson, a banjo and a ukulele. 6. I love riding horses and did own a thoroughbred. 7. My daughter Katie is an Intercollegiate […]