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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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    CLEVELAND – In an exclusive interview, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said he believes his office is handling the Tamir Rice case with transparency, and in a manner that is best for the community. “Look, I didn’t invent any of this stuff,” McGinty told the I-Team, “we are just using best practices from across the country.” Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer last November outside the Cudell Rec Center. The officers were responding to […]

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    Vietnam veteran makes it his mission to serve other veterans: ‘I want to impact lives’

    CLEVELAND – Wally and Janice Ohler work side-by-side in the basement of their ranch home, doing what has become second nature to them. And that is helping veterans in any way they can. “I want to impact lives,” Wally said.  That desire was born long ago, he said, after returning from the Vietnam War. “I don’t know what we did wrong, but serve,” he said. But Wally remembers feeling rejected, or worse, by the reaction of some people in the United […]

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    I-Team: Vegas, girls and Jimmy: Federal prosecutors release Dimora evidence

    CLEVELAND – A Vegas pool where clothing is optional. A hotel rendezvous with a woman in Sin City. Jimmy Dimora was living the life – because of bribes. That’s the case that federal prosecutors presented to a jury – using over 1,200 exhibits that they released on Thursday, many of them from FBI surveillance recordings, photos, and videos. Dimora, the former Cuyahoga County commissioner, was convicted on over 30 bribery and corruption-related charges, and is currently serving a 28 year […]

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    Amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio goes to a vote on Tuesday

    CLEVELAND– After months of debate, Ohioans go to the polls on Tuesday to decide if marijuana should be legalized in the state. Supporters of Issue 3 say legalization would only recognize what’s already here – the widespread use of marijuana – but it would allow the government to tax it and regulate it. Opponents say it would lead to more addictions in general and increase the use of pot among teenagers. Issue 3 ask voters to: 1) Legalize the medical and recreational […]

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    Issue 8 is critical to the arts, supporters say

    CLEVELAND – Supporters of Issue 8, the measure that seeks the renewal of an arts levy in Cuyahoga County, want voters to understand what they are – and are not – voting on next Tuesday. “It is a renewal; it is not a tax increase,” says Megan Van Voorhis, the CEO of the Community Arts and Culture Partnership. The issue asks voters to decide whether to renew a 1.5 cent per cigarette tax in Cuyahoga County that amounts to thirty cents […]

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    You Decide 2015: Marijuana issues on ballot explained

    CLEVELAND – In two weeks, you will decide at the polls whether to legalize marijuana in Ohio. So, do you know exactly what you’ll be deciding? Supporters say a “yes” vote means you’ll be voting to control what’s already here. “Marijuana prohibition has failed,” says Ian James, the Executive Director of Responsible Ohio, the group behind the legalization push. “You can get marijuana delivered to your door faster than you can a pizza,” he says, “so we need to regulate, […]

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    Linndale officials build police ‘booth’ to catch speeding drivers

    LINNDALE – You have to say this, Linndale is persistent in finding ways to conduct what its officials term traffic enforcement, and others have labeled a legendary speed trap. The latest addition to Linndale’s arsenal – a police “booth.” Resembling a small hut, the booth sits within view of Linndale’s traffic cameras that are trained on the small patch of Memphis Avenue that runs through its jurisdiction. Trying to curb the use of traffic cameras, state lawmakers passed a provision […]

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    Ohio Attorney General continues anti-pot message after visit to Colorado

    CLEVELAND- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he just returned from meeting with officials in Colorado, and he received the same message regarding legalizing pot. “Their message to me, to take back to Ohio is don’t do it,” DeWine said. Colorado is one of a handful of states that has legalized marijuana, and DeWine, a long-time opponent of legalization, said what he learned surprised him and re-enforced his position. For example, DeWine said more than 40 percent of the sales of legal […]

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    A look at when the I-Team dug deep into Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s record in Cleveland

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    I-Team takes close look at how ‘touch DNA’ helped solve Cleveland rape case

    CLEVELAND– The video was both chilling, and all too real. Around Labor Day weekend of 2014, Cleveland authorities released a grainy surveillance video showing the beginning of a rape on Lake Road on the city’s west side. With three armed attacks over just a few days – two rapes and the robbery of two more women – police were starting to believe that a serial rapist was on the loose. Hoping to catch a break before the attacker struck again, […]

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    Old technology may have kept Cleveland Heights officers from seeing health issues of woman who died in jail

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    No on Issue 3: Cleveland’s 3 major hospital systems join forces

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