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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
  • Legendary theology teacher passes away from cancer

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The St. Ignatius community is grieving tonight over the loss of Jim Skerl, a 1974 graduate who went on to become a legendary theology teacher at the school. Skerl, 58, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Thursday morning surrounded by his family. A star basketball player while a student, Skerl spent his career teaching theology in a way that gave it meaning to everyday life. His “Christian Manhood” class became iconic at the school. “His gift was […]

  • Douglas Prade in court on 8/1/13

    Doug Prade back in prison awaiting court decision

    AKRON, Ohio — A Summit County judge ordered former Akron Police Captain Doug Prade to go back into the state’s prison system as he awaits word on whether he will get a new trial. Prade was convicted in the late 1990’s of killing his ex-wife, Dr. Margo Prade. He was freed last year, after a now-retired judge ruled DNA evidence entitled him to a new trial. But an appeals court disagreed, and Prade was ordered back behind bars in Summit […]

  • ‘The lost boys of Cleveland’ big screen debut

    CLEVELAND – They speak quietly, gracefully, their gentle voices revealing none of the unspeakable horrors they saw – and survived – so early in life. “Didn’t see my mother, how she die with my father, and I left,” says Akol Madut. Many of us are about to learn more about the extraordinary story of courage and survival of men such as Makol with the October 3rd release of the Hollywood movie entitled “The Good Lie.” But more people may know […]

  • ‘Budd Strong': Remarkable show of support for teacher injured by rock

    PERRY HEIGHTS, Ohio — A large crowd turned out Saturday to raise money through a motorcycle poker run to benefit 52-year-old Sharon Budd, a teacher, wife, and mother who is still recovering from a senseless attack. In July, Budd was a passenger in her family car when several teens threw rocks down from an overpass above the Pennsylvania Turnpike. One of those rocks smashed through the windshield and hit Budd at highway speeds — nearly killing her. Over 200 riders […]

  • It’s official: Ashtabula River is clean after 25-year project

    ASHTABULA, Ohio — If you gaze down the Ashtabula River on a sunny day, you are likely to see people on boats enjoying a scenic ride. What you can’t see is what’s underneath: 25 years of work to clean up a once notoriously contaminated river. “Today is a great day for the Ashtabula River and for Lake Erie,” said Susan Hedman, the EPA’s Great Lakes Program Manager. Hedman was in Ashtabula to announce that the river has officially been cleaned […]

  • Volunteers build home for wounded warrior & his family

    OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — They came from near and far, all with one purpose: to help a wounded warrior. “It’s a surreal feeling,” Alex Haworth said, as he watched volunteers, some of whom he didn’t know, build his family a home. Alex, who served with the Ohio Army National Guard, was wounded in Afghanistan in 2012. The volunteers say they were happy to help. “It’s one way of giving back to them,” said Kevin Ennis, with the Local 435 Carpenters […]

  • Ukranian crew ordered to not exit tanker sitting on river in Toledo

    TOLEDO, Ohio — If you look north down the Maumee River toward the bay beyond, you may notice something unusual. A large tanker just sitting on one side of the river. It’s been there for nearly a month and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. “It has a Ukrainian crew, the registration is Liberian,” said Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, “and my understanding is, there’s a huge amount of money owed.” Documents say the U.S. Marshal’s Service is […]

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    Leaders welcome thousands to CLE for 2014 Gay Games

    CLEVELAND — Cleveland-area leaders today welcomed thousands of people from all over the country and world for the 2014 Gay Games. Officials from Cleveland and Akron, along with Gay Games organizers, spoke on the event and welcomed participants and visitors at a press conference Saturday. Cleveland police Friday said they were ready to secure the Gay Games, and hope the week-long event helps them prepare for when the city hosts the Republican National Convention in two years. Officials said at […]

  • I-Team: How hosting RNC can help Cleveland police

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland has landed the 2016 Republican National Convention, a victory that can bring millions of dollars to its police department, the subject of an ongoing Department of Justice Department investigation. The DOJ is examining whether there is a pattern of excessive force in the Cleveland Police Department. The probe began in the wake of a deadly 2012 car chase that left two people, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, dead after police fired 137 rounds and found no […]

  • CLE officials closely monitoring water, ‘confident’ it will stay safe to drink

    WESTLAKE, Ohio — At the Crown Filtration Plant, officials with the Cleveland Division of Water are confident that the region’s water will stay safe to drink, but they are watching the water supply very carefully. “We’re monitoring the water constantly,” said Alex Margevicius, the division’s interim director. Margevicius said that Cleveland gets its water from the central basin of Lake Erie. Toledo, which has had a “do not drink the water” order in place for most of the weekend, gets […]

  • Union to appeal decision to discipline CLE fire supervisors

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland’s fire union said it will challenge Chief Patrick Kelly’s decision to discipline 17 supervisors and suspend 13 of them for one to three days, in connection with a shift-swapping scandal. Last year, 13 rank-and-file firefighters pleaded guilty to misdemeanors regarding the scandal. Audits showed they had avoided working thousands of hours by paying other firefighters to cover for them. Citing an erosion of public trust, Chief Kelly, who wasn’t chief during the scandal, said the supervisors failed […]

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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. […]