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Bill Sheil is an anchor for FOX 8 and a member of its award-winning I-Team.

An attorney, Bill is the recipient of the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton – broadcast journalism’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

Bill’s stories are known for their impact and their depth. Some examples include:

1. A series that helped expose pedophile priests in the Cleveland area, and the pain they had caused over decades.
2. Reports on a terrorist who was the initial connection that brought Osama bin Laden’s organization to the United States. He was ultimately deported.
3. A series on the foreclosure crisis in Cleveland where Bill was asked to testify before Congress about his findings. The series was credited with helping Ohio receive an extra $172 million in foreclosure relief funds to help people stay in their homes.
4. Two series of reports over three years on the deepening heroin crisis – one that foretold how the problem would worsen, and one that helped search for answers to an epidemic that now kills more people in Ohio than car accidents.
5. The first story, nine months before an FBI raid, on the possibility of massive corruption inside county government in Cleveland. Federal prosecutors ultimately charged more than fifty people.

In addition to the duPont, Bill has won six National Headliner Awards, two national Public Service Awards from NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists), and the RTDNA’s (Radio Television Digital News Association) Unity Award, as well as many regional Emmys.

Bill is a former regional “Big Brother” of the year, as awarded by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.

He is a member of the Cleveland Broadcasting Hall of Fame.


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    AKRON, Ohio– Police are searching for a brazen robber who is now suspected of up to seven armed hold-ups this summer. “We feel we have a serial robber,” says Lt. Rick Edwards of the Akron Police Department. Lt. Edwards says they believe the robber may be using the money to feed a drug habit. On Wednesday, the suspect walked into a Loan Maxx on Tallmadge Avenue, brandishing a silver handgun, demanded all the money, and walked out with just over […]

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    Cleveland police union donates supplies to DNC officers

    CLEVELAND – The line formed Monday morning with people passing 12-packs of bottled water down to load onto trucks. Even though the effort was taking place in front of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association headquarters on the near west side of Cleveland, many of the volunteers were not police officers. “Many of them live in the neighborhood,” said Steve Loomis, the president of the CPPA. The spirit to help the police continues after a successful Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The police union […]

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    Back in 2014, Chief Williams predicted that Cleveland had better days ahead

    CLEVELAND –A Washington Post reporter remarked that they worried about a riot during last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and instead, they got a block party. A lot of the credit for the successful convention is going to the security forces. Shortly after becoming Cleveland’s police chief in 2014, Calvin Williams predicted better days ahead for his embattled Division of Police. He made that prediction during the first sit-down interview he ever did as Chief with the I-Team’s Bill […]

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    More than 700 officers sworn in on Saturday for the RNC

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    Countdown to the Republican National Convention continues

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    CLEVELAND – If you looked out at one section of Hopkins International Airport on Saturday morning, you’d be forgiven for thinking your eyes were deceiving you. Yes, those were groups of people pulling a plane at the end of a thick rope. The groups of twenty participants pulled the plane as far as they could in ten seconds. And not any small plane, but a 737 jet weighing well in excess of 100,000 pounds. And, yes, there is just one […]

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    Sign apology: Cleveland inventor left off large downtown sign

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– The Host Committee for the Republican National Convention has issued an apology after a factual mix-up led it to cover up the name of a prominent Cleveland inventor on a large downtown sign. The sign, on the side of a building at East 6th Street and Euclid Avenue, had originally read: Garrett Morgan stopped the world in 1914 with the installation of the first electric traffic signal on Euclid Avenue. Mr. Morgan was a prominent African-American whose contributions included […]

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    RNC in Cleveland: protestors are coming, with or without the permits

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    New Ohio law helps good Samaritans trying to stop ‘hot car’ deaths

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    Bride’s beautiful way of making sure parents shared meaning of song at wedding

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    Group prays for dads behind bars to be reunited with their children

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A large crowd, led by a group of local pastors, stood on the steps of the Justice Center Saturday and prayed — both for a particular group of fathers, and for a change that might reunite those fathers with their children sooner rather than later. “God does not need any clearance,” one of the pastors said. “He can walk right through the prison cells.” The United Pastors in Mission wanted to draw attention to the number of fathers who […]

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    NBA security calls incident involving Steph Curry father-in-law case of mistaken identity

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