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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
  • 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 […]

  • New County Executive has deputy drive him, says it’s for protection

    CLEVELAND – New Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has a deputy drive him around – a step he says he was advised to take for his protection. Former Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald reportedly did not have a driver for protection until after he announced he was a candidate for governor in 2014. Asked by FOX 8 why he needs the driver if FitzGerald did not have one until his gubernatorial candidacy, Budish says, “I’m not sure I can tell you […]

  • I-Team: How much first-aid training does Cleveland provide its police officers?

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland’s Division of Police tells the FOX 8 I-Team that it is considering whether to provide officers more first-aid training on-the-job. “I do know that it’s something that’s being revisited,” said Sgt. Ali Pillow, public information officer for the division. The issue came to the forefront after the release of surveillance video from the police-involved shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November. Rice was carrying an airsoft gun that looked like a real gun. A rookie officer […]

  • U.S. Attorney determined to get a deal on changing Cleveland policing sooner rather than later

    CLEVELAND – U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach tells the FOX 8 I-Team that he is determined to get a deal on how to change policing in Cleveland that is complete and that gets put into place fairly soon. “We do feel a sense of urgency to get a comprehensive agreement in this case quickly,” Dettelbach said during a sit-down interview that he agreed to do with the I-Team. In December, Dettelbach stood along side U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as the […]

  • With dates set, Cleveland begins to gear up for Republican National Convention

    CLEVELAND – The announcement that the Republican Party has settled on July 18-21 as the dates next year for its national convention has planners in Cleveland gearing up to host an event that will thrust the city into the international spotlight. “Now, with that certainty, people can begin to plan and do things they need to do to be successful,” says Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. Hotels can now block out those dates to save for convention-goers and delegates. And restaurants […]

  • Starting at noon on Jan. 11, the Summit County Jail will release some inmates.

    Budget cuts lead to release of inmates at Summit County Jail

    AKRON – The doors swung open on Sunday, and 72 inmates walked out of the Summit County Jail. They weren’t being released because their sentences were over, or they had been found not guilty. Some are still awaiting trial. They were released because the sheriff was closing two housing units at the jail because of staffing problems due to Summit County’s budget issues. “We have some thefts; we have some probation violations; we have a few types of assaults, domestics, […]