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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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    I-Team exclusive: Jimmy Dimora’s story from behind bars

    CLEVELAND – In an exclusive interview with the FOX 8 I-Team, an at times defiant, and at times seemingly deflated Jimmy Dimora maintains his innocence as he holds out hope that he might receive a new trial. Federal prison rules prevented the phone call from being recorded for broadcast, but in a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion, the former Cuyahoga County Commissioner says he has no choice but to stand on his beliefs. “I’m adamant,” Dimora says, “I’m not going to […]

  • 70 children get special shopping trip with Lorain police officers

    LORAIN, Ohio — They boarded the school bus on a Saturday with smiles on their faces. Maybe that’s because they weren’t going to school; they were going shopping. Lorain police officers took about 70 children to Wal-Mart to “Shop with a Cop” for Christmas. “It is so fun,” one little girl said. The Lorain Fraternal Order of Police raises money through donations all year long to fund today’s shopping spree. The officers hope it helps people young and old alike […]

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    Students meet Attorney General Eric Holder

    CLEVELAND — On Wednesday, Mike Tiernuy, 16,  and Dealijah Jeffries, 16,  were studying social justice as part of their curriculum at Cleveland’s Facing History, New Tech high school. On Thursday, they saw a little bit of justice up close as they met the man who heads the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric Holder wanted to meet with some student leaders during his visit to Cleveland. Holder was in Cleveland to announce that a 19-month DOJ investigation had found that Cleveland […]

  • The U.S. Department of Justice plans to release its findings today in an investigation of the Cleveland Police Department that began in 2013.

    Justice Department report blasts Cleveland Police practices, seeks outside oversight

    CLEVELAND – The Justice Department has found that the Cleveland Division of Police engages “in a pattern or practice of the use of excessive force” and that outside, independent monitoring of the division is required to address the problem. Just who that monitor will be, and what he or she will oversee is still being negotiated. But the monitor’s role may ultimately be tied to oversight of the police force by a federal judge. In a scathing, 58-page report that […]

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    Attorney General Eric Holder coming to Northeast Ohio: Is it connected to DOJ probe of Cleveland police?

    CLEVELAND- The Justice Department has announced that Attorney General Eric Holder is coming to Cleveland Thursday. The visit raises the possibility that the Department of Justice has completed its lengthy investigation of the Cleveland Division of Police. The investigation started after an incredible police chased ended with officers firing 137 pounds into a car and killing two people back in November of 2012. No weapon was found on either on them. The DOJ is investigation whether there is a pattern […]

  • Must see! Neighborhood builds winter wonderland for girl battling leukemia

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Outside, a small army of volunteers toiled away, while inside her home, a little 3-year-old girl thought all that noise was just her parents doing hard work. Little Gianna Andolina, “Gigi,” had no idea. “Every year, we typically go see a couple houses that are all decked out with Christmas lights,” says her dad, Adam. But, back in late June, Gigi was diagnosed with leukemia. The current treatments weaken her immune system, meaning her parents can’t really […]

  • Man conspires with Christmas performers for proposal of a lifetime at Tower City

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Leanna Krause always said she wanted an engagement proposal she would remember. And now she knows her new fiance, Ryan Mulloy, really listens to her. On Saturday, Leanna and Ryan attended a Christmas performance at Tower City. Leanna didn’t know that Ryan and the performers had conspired to make her the star of the show. A toy soldier just happened to ask Leanna to dance with him. And wouldn’t you know it, Ryan was soon dancing as […]

  • ‘The bitterness is over': Wiley Bridgeman set free after 39 years in jail

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Wiley Bridgeman walked out of jail after 39 years and into the waiting arms of his brother Friday. In a story of tragedy and triumph – and an almost unbelievable injustice – the two brothers reunited after spending decades in prison – some of the time on death row – for a murder they did not commit. “You don’t give up,” Wiley says, “and anybody can take a fall…it’s always the ‘getting up’ that counts.” Wiley and […]

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    Video: Wrongly-convicted man released after decades in prison

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — After nearly 40 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, Ricky Jackson is now a free man. Jackson and two other men were convicted of a murder in 1975 that they did not commit. It was finally revealed this week when a lone eyewitness confessed that he lied. Eddie Vernon, who was 12 at the time, said investigators pressured him to testify that he saw Ricky Jackson and two brothers kill a money order collector. […]

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    I-Team: Cleveland settles with police chase victims’ families for $3 million

    CLEVELAND- The I-Team’s Bill Sheil reports that the City of Cleveland will pay $3 million to the families of two victims who died at the end of a police chase. The families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams will reportedly receive $1.5 million apiece. In November 2012, Russell was driving near the Justice Center downtown when his car apparently backfired, and a police officer apparently thought it was a gunshot. What followed was an almost unbelievable chase that lasted almost […]

  • I-Team: Akron chief called for stricter gun laws a year before officer shot, killed

    AKRON, Ohio — More than a year before he lost an off-duty officer to gunshots, Akron Police Chief Jim Nice told the I-Team that Ohio’s gun laws needed to change. Officer Justin Winebrenner, 32, was shot and killed early Sunday morning while trying to diffuse an unruly customer at a bar. Authorities arrested Kenan Ivery, 35, in the shooting — a man with a long criminal history that includes drug dealing and, the chief said, two charges of having a […]

  • I-Team investigation: Lake Erie algae blooms and the ghost of the river burning

    CLEVELAND – It’s taken 45 years, but the jokes about the river burning in Cleveland have faded. Now they can’t be replaced by jokes about Lake Erie being the only great lake where you can’t drink the water. “We don’t want to be the butt of late night comedians again,” says Rep. Dave Hall, the Republican chairman of the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Hall, whose district stretches from Millersburg north to Brunswick, says the first concern is […]