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 nine 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.


Recent Articles
  • ‘Distracted to Death’: In-depth special on teen driving dangers

    CLEVELAND – Over the past few years, northeast Ohio has endured a series of tragic – and deadly – teen driving accidents. What’s happened here is part of a disturbing national trend: more teens are now dying on the roads each year. This Sunday, April 22,  at 5:30 p.m., FOX 8’s Bill Sheil will host a FOX 8 News special report, “Distracted to Death”, where we will go searching for answers as to why teen highway deaths are once again […]

  • Good to go bald for a great cause

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS – They smiled as they sat in the chairs, their hair falling in clumps onto the floor below. These people – men, women, and children – all chose to become temporarily bald, in part to help raise money for those who often don’t have a choice.  “We are celebrating their courage,” says Dr. Ilia Buhtoiarov, a pediatric oncologist with the Cleveland Clinic, speaking of the children who are his patients.  Dr. Buhtoiarov was one of those who chose […]

  • Chardon’s Coach Hall Foundation presses for an actual change to help school safety

    CHARDON – They are old friends, two men who haven’t been through a war together.  But they have been through a school shooting. “I knew they were gunshots,” says Chardon teacher Tim Armelli, “and, for an instant you just thought, ‘you’re never going to see your wife and kids again.'” Six years ago, Armelli was in the Chardon High School cafeteria, when a gunman opened fire. He ran to the P-A system to put the school on lockdown. Coach Frank Hall, […]

  • RTA says it was victim of multi-million dollar scam

    CLEVELAND – More than a week after a FOX 8 I-Team investigation revealed that RTA’s own auditors questioned $1.8 million in prescription payments, the transit agency says it was the victim of a multi-million dollar scam that impacted both public and private organizations nationwide. The agency said it already terminated ten employees as a result of what it had found. RTA declined to do an interview before our initial story to explain what happened. It now says it was the […]

  • Nearly $2 million questioned at RTA

    CLEVELAND – RTA’s own internal auditors are questioning close to $2 million in prescription payments made for some of its employees, the FOX 8 I-Team learned. A confidential audit summary obtained by the I-Team shows that, in one case, RTA paid more than $1.5 million for 103 prescriptions of Flonase. That works out to more than $14,600 per prescription. “That’s shocking,” said Ward 8 Councilman Mike Polensek, the longest-serving member of Cleveland City Council. This comes at a time when, […]

  • Local landscapers worried about having workers this summer

    CLEVELAND – Landscapers across northeast Ohio are worried that what could be a boom spring/summer season may turn into a bust or worse. “This lack of labor is going to decide whether we grow, survive, or close,” says Joe Drake, president of J.F.D. Landscapes in Chagrin Falls. The small business owners say they can’t get enough American workers to take jobs at competitive wages and two programs which usually allow them to hire seasonal foreign workers are stalled in Congress. […]

  • Effects of government shutdown felt here at home

    CLEVELAND – The impending government shutdown will be felt far beyond Washington – including right here in northeast Ohio. “We have a race tomorrow,” says Jeff Boni, a runner and Cuyahoga Falls resident. The race is scheduled to take place in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If the government shuts down at midnight, the race will likely have to be cancelled. “We’re hoping to keep the park as accessible as possible,” says Jennie Vasarhelyi, a park ranger. But, she adds, […]

  • Sleeping outside on a cold winter’s night: for a good cause

    LAKEWOOD – At about 3 p.m. today, they started building the shelter they would sleep under tonight. Shelters made out of boxes. “It’s almost become a rite of passage,” says Brad Humphreys, one of the organizers of the annual “Sleep Out” at the Lakewood Congregational Church. Young people between the ages of 11 and 18 take part in the event. They build their boxes, then try to get passing motorists to make donations to help the homeless. Later, they turn […]

  • Ohio minimum wage goes up as new year begins

    CLEVELAND — About 150,000 minimum wage workers across the state get a pay raise starting today. Ohio’s new minimum is $8.30 an hour, up from $8.15 last year. “Not enough,” says Leslie Penman of Cleveland. Penman, a mechanical engineer, says he once worked minimum wage jobs after he got out of the Marine Corps. “It’s very difficult to support a family, you barely can support yourself, on minimum wage,” he says. In 2006, Ohio voters approved a measure that basically […]

  • Mad dash to pay 2018 real estate taxes early

    CHARDON, Ohio– The week between Christmas and New Year’s is usually fairly normal at the Geauga County Treasurer’s Office. Not this year. “It has been crazy,” said Caroline Mansfield, the chief deputy of the treasurer’s office. The new tax law has led to a flood of people coming in to pay their 2018 real estate taxes before the end of 2017. Usually, the Geauga County Treasurer’s Office collects about $1 million in those taxes during this week. This year, it’s […]

  • Heroin epidemic: Most doctors can’t prescribe ‘gold standard’ medication to help save lives

    CLEVELAND — It is a medication that the drug court judge in Cleveland calls the “gold standard” in helping people recover from heroin addictions. Yet astonishingly, less then two percent of doctors practicing in the county are allowed to prescribe it. We are operating without one of the tools that has been proven, by science, to help someone the most,” says Drug Court Judge David Matia. The judge is talking about buprenorphine – one of a group of drugs that […]

  • ‘Elves and More’ show the true spirit of Christmas

    AKRON – The blaring sound of a police siren rarely means good news in the Summit Lake neighborhood of Akron. Sunday was different. Police cars led a convoy of “XPO” trucks carrying over 1,100 bikes to be passed out to children in need – just in time for Christmas. “I am so excited,” shrieked Terrie Nurse, as each of her grandchildren received a bike. “I didn’t buy them bikes, but I’d promised to, but I couldn’t because I got into […]