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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.

Recent Articles
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    Local competitors crowned champions in All-American Soap Box Derby

    AKRON, Ohio — Every year, they compete in over 600 races, across countries and across continents, all hoping to make it to one place. Derby Downs in Akron. The 77th Annual First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby crowned champions on Saturday. It also did a lot more – like bring families together. “We do a lot of things together,” said Rick Desens, who is from Rochester, New York, and whose son, Ricky, has twice been a champion at Derby Downs. […]

  • Industrial fire put out with no injuries, crews monitoring hazardous chemical

    MENTOR, Ohio — Firefighters Friday fought a large industrial blaze that was fueled by oil, bringing it under control without injuries and without allowing a hazardous chemical to flow toward Lake Erie. The fire sparked at Metal Seal Precision located at 7333 Corporate Boulevard shortly before 10:30 a.m. and quickly spread through the roof. The first fire trucks from Mentor arrived in about four minutes and quickly called for help from neighboring departments. Fast work by firefighters, coupled with fire […]

  • Dash cam: Officer drags man across highway to save his life

    NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — Patrolman Matt Beck pulled over a car on the morning of July 10 for speeding along I-480. He suspected the 54-year-old driver may be drunk, so he called for back-up. Beck could not imagine what would happen next. Suddenly, the suspected drunk driver opened his door and walked onto I-480 yelling, “Just kill me.” “Get back in the car,” Beck screamed at him, but to no avail. So, without hesitation, Beck ran onto the freeway himself, […]

  • (Jimmy Dimora mug shot taken 8/21/2013; Cuyahoga County Jail)

    I-Team: Jimmy Dimora appeals to U.S. Supreme Court

    CLEVELAND  — The FOX 8 I-Team has confirmed that attorneys for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora have sent an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the high court to hear the case. The appeal petition asks the court to decide whether the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals used the proper standard in finding that the trial judge’s decision to exclude evidence – evidence that Dimora said was key to his defense – was, in fact, “harmless error.” The […]

  • Amy Mihaljevic’s dad: ‘They’re going to find her killer’

    BAY VILLAGE – 25 years later, Mark Mihaljevic is, believe it or not, optimistic. “I’ve never lost hope, it’s going to happen,” Mark says. “They’re going to find her killer.” In late October 1989, Mark’s 10 year-old daughter, Amy, disappeared from a quaint shopping plaza in Bay Village. Friends said she was planning to meet a man who had lured Amy on the pretext of buying a gift for her mother, Margaret. Amy was never seen alive again. Her body […]

  • 45 years later: Cuyahoga River pollution much lower than ‘the day the river burned’

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Gaze down the Cuyahoga River near where its mouth opens into Lake Erie, and you will see rowers and boaters, people on jet skis and others just fishing. In other words, you will see a lot of people enjoying the river. Forty-five years ago, that wasn’t the case. On that date, June 22, 1969, the river caught fire, sparking a national debate about environmental standards and making Cleveland the butt of national jokes. “We came down, and […]

  • ‘Runway to Freedom': Fashion show empowers human trafficking survivors

    PEPPER PIKE, Ohio — It is a fashion show that really is only somewhat about fashion. It’s mostly about confidence. On Saturday afternoon, the Renee Jones Empowerment Center hosted the Runway Freedom multicultural fashion show at Beech Brook in Pepper Pike. “It’s an opportunity to empower those survivors,” said Jones. “So they can mingle with people who are not victims of human trafficking, so they can begin to re-integrate into society.” FOX 8’s Suzanne Stratford served as the emcee for […]

  • Storm causes thousands of dollars in damage to school roof

    MUNSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — As restoration workers began the clean up process at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School, its president said she’s just glad that no one was hurt in Wednesday night’s powerful storm. “We feel very grateful to God,” said Sister Jacquelyn Gusdane, who leads the school that is set on beautiful rolling acres in the middle of Geauga County. On Wednesday night, a powerful storm ripped an air conditioning unit off its foundation on the roof of the […]

  • Revealing changes inside Browns FirstEnergy Stadium

    CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Browns first preseason home game of 2014 is just over two months away and fans will notice changes inside FirstEnergy Stadium. Monday, FOX 8 got a look at the renovations from inside the stadium. The changes include the removal of some upper level seats in the end zones and the installation of giant video boards that will be installed later. *Click for more coverage*  

  • Ramez Gharabawy sentenced for sexual battery

    Former doctor pleads guilty to sexual battery

    CLEVELAND – Ramez Gharabawy, a former Cleveland Clinic doctor, will spend a total of 45 days behind bars, then leave the country, after being convicted of sexual battery regarding a patient. Prosecutors said Gharabawy sexually assaulted a patient after performing a nerve block on her. She only called authorities, prosecutors said, after he contacted her at a rehab facility to ask if she wanted another nerve block and a massage. The Clinic let him go after the charges surfaced, and […]

  • Scouts retire American flags for Flag Day

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Inside historic Lake View Cemetery, a large group of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and some Cub Scouts learned the importance of not only looking up to the American flag, but also how to bring it down with honor. On Flag Day Saturday, they “retired” older flags through a carefully choreographed procedure that was repeated time and time and again. “You don’t want to disrespect the flag by flying it when it’s destroyed, tattered, or worn,” scout Stephen […]

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    Firefighters awarded for helping Dick Goddard from floodwaters

    MEDINA TWP., Ohio — Several firefighters were awarded commendations for their heroic efforts to help two people trapped in peril by a fast-moving spring storm — including our own Dick Goddard. At a Flag Day ceremony Saturday, the firefighters were honored for their rapid response last month to one resident who was in his car “with water up to his neck” – that was Dick Goddard - and another person who was trapped in a tree. Firefighters were able to […]