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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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    Remembering Cleveland legend, Dr. Estus Newberry

    CLEVELAND – Dr. Estus Newberry was linked to a glorious past in Cleveland and used it to help shape the lives of thousands of the city’s students and athletes as a dedicated teacher and coach. Newberry passed away on March 28 and will be laid to rest on Saturday. As a young man, he was a track star at East Tech – following in the legendary footsteps of Olympic champions Jesse Owens and Harrison Dillard. He qualified for the 1956 […]

  • Man convicted of murdering a woman in 1984 will remain in jail as he awaits new trial

    CLEVELAND – Convicted killer Anthony Apanovitch will stay behind bars while an appeals court reviews a judge’s decision to grant him a new trial. Apanovitch was convicted in 1985 for the brutal rape and murder of 33-year-old Mary Anne Flynn, a nurse who had hired him to paint her Cleveland house. Recently, Judge Robert McClelland ruled that DNA evidence entitled Apanovitch to a new trial. Prosecutors vigorously objected, and say the DNA actually shows there’s just a 1 in 285 […]

  • Jobs saved as Hugo Boss plant is sold to an American buyer

    BROOKLYN – The Hugo Boss plant, on the verge of closing twice in the past five years, has now been sold to an American buyer who says their vision is for the long-haul. “It’s a great feeling” says Sheila McVay, a 33-year veteran of the plant, “because we have a job.” In December, Hugo Boss announced it would close the plant, costing about 180 people their jobs.” “We were scared to death,” says U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Brown’s office began […]

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    I-Team: A taxing question: The Browns and Cleveland differ on taxing premium seats

    CLEVELAND – The FOX 8 I-Team learned the city of Cleveland differs with the Cleveland Browns over how much admissions tax the team should pay on club seats and loges at FirstEnergy Stadium. Despite the difference, the city has signed an agreement with the Browns that might resolve the issue in the future But, according to that agreement, a resolution would be applied “prospectively” – which appears to insure that the team may never have to pay any back taxes. […]

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    Public Square renovations to begin on Monday

    CLEVELAND – As the last piece of financing fell into place on a $32 million project to renovate Public Square, leaders cautioned patience as construction begins on Monday to transform the look of the heart of Cleveland. “It will help us reach our vision of having a 24 hour a city,” says Mayor Frank Jackson. The ambitious plan aims to transform Public Square into a vibrant, park-like setting. It was about $7.5 million short in financing, until Cuyahoga County was […]

  • Cavs reportedly want taxpayers to split $140m in Q renovations with the team

    CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County voters who approved a sin tax extension last May for renovations to major league sports facilities may have thought they wouldn’t be asked for money again any time soon. They may have to think again. The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly want $140 million in upgrades to the exterior of the Q – and they may want taxpayers to kick in half that. Cuyahoga County would only say that it is “aware of a proposal” from the Cavs, […]

  • Trayvon Martin’s mother visits Cleveland, calls for change between police and communities

    CLEVELAND – The mother of a Florida teen, whose death sparked a national debate, said here in Cleveland that more needs to be done to improve relations between police departments and the communities they serve. Sybrina Fulton spoke at the Cleveland Public Library. Back in 2012, her family was tragically thrust into the spotlight when her son, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed in Florida by a neighborhood watchman named George Zimmerman. Zimmerman acknowledged shooting Martin, but said […]

  • I-Team: Cleveland keeps winning Republican National Convention bid secret

    CLEVELAND – If you want to know extensive details about what Charlotte and Tampa agreed to do to land political conventions in 2012, all you have to do is ask those cities, and they will turn over extensive documents to you. If you ask Cleveland for the bid that won it the 2016 GOP Convention, you’ll get a different answer: No. After the I-Team’s request for Cleveland’s bid was denied, we set out to see if such a position was […]

  • I-Team: Late-golfer Charles Sifford’s assets under investigation

    CLEVELAND – The FOX 8 I-Team obtained documents showing that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation began an inquiry that concerns the assets of the legendary late-golfer, Charles Sifford. Sifford died earlier this month in Northeast Ohio at the age of 92. Back in 1961, he broke the color barrier on the PGA Tour. He won twice on that tour, as well as winning the 1975 Senior PGA Championship. Last November, President Barack Obama awarded Sifford the Presidential Medal of […]

  • ‘It was a snow job': Frustrations grow over snow removal in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND– Frustrations are growing over problems with snow removal that started on Super Bowl Sunday. The FOX 8 I-Team has been looking into this for days now. The I-Team reported Monday that there have been numerous sightings of city trucks not using their plows on snow-covered streets; that’s prompted some residents to complain to council members that the workers appear to be poorly trained or fishing for overtime. Records obtained by the I-Team reveal that nearly half of the city’s […]

  • I-Team: Chief Williams confirms negotiations have begun with Department of Justice

    CLEVELAND -Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams confirms to the FOX 8 I-Team that negotiations have begun between the city and the Department of Justice, as the two sides try to reach a consent decree that may significantly change how officers operate and are held accountable. Meantime, Chief Williams says the police department is moving forward with significant changes alone. “A total revamping of a community policing model and philosophy of a major police division takes time,” he says. But that’s […]

  • I-Team: Cleveland Police Chief Williams acknowledges problems, sees better days ahead

    CLEVELAND – Almost exactly a year ago, Calvin Williams raised his right hand inside City Hall’s Red Room, and swore an oath to become Cleveland’s Police Chief. What a year it has been. Chief Williams is in the process of trying to change the fundamental model of how his officers police the streets – at the same time he is dealing with fallout from two controversial deaths at the hands of his officers, and a scathing Justice Department report that […]