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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
  • ‘The bitterness is over': Wiley Bridgeman set free after 39 years in jail

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Wiley Bridgeman walked out of jail after 39 years and into the waiting arms of his brother Friday. In a story of tragedy and triumph – and an almost unbelievable injustice – the two brothers reunited after spending decades in prison – some of the time on death row – for a murder they did not commit. “You don’t give up,” Wiley says, “and anybody can take a fall…it’s always the ‘getting up’ that counts.” Wiley and […]

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    Video: Wrongly-convicted man released after decades in prison

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — After nearly 40 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, Ricky Jackson is now a free man. Jackson and two other men were convicted of a murder in 1975 that they did not commit. It was finally revealed this week when a lone eyewitness confessed that he lied. Eddie Vernon, who was 12 at the time, said investigators pressured him to testify that he saw Ricky Jackson and two brothers kill a money order collector. […]

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    I-Team: Cleveland settles with police chase victims’ families for $3 million

    CLEVELAND- The I-Team’s Bill Sheil reports that the City of Cleveland will pay $3 million to the families of two victims who died at the end of a police chase. The families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams will reportedly receive $1.5 million apiece. In November 2012, Russell was driving near the Justice Center downtown when his car apparently backfired, and a police officer apparently thought it was a gunshot. What followed was an almost unbelievable chase that lasted almost […]

  • I-Team: Akron chief called for stricter gun laws a year before officer shot, killed

    AKRON, Ohio — More than a year before he lost an off-duty officer to gunshots, Akron Police Chief Jim Nice told the I-Team that Ohio’s gun laws needed to change. Officer Justin Winebrenner, 32, was shot and killed early Sunday morning while trying to diffuse an unruly customer at a bar. Authorities arrested Kenan Ivery, 35, in the shooting — a man with a long criminal history that includes drug dealing and, the chief said, two charges of having a […]

  • I-Team investigation: Lake Erie algae blooms and the ghost of the river burning

    CLEVELAND – It’s taken 45 years, but the jokes about the river burning in Cleveland have faded. Now they can’t be replaced by jokes about Lake Erie being the only great lake where you can’t drink the water. “We don’t want to be the butt of late night comedians again,” says Rep. Dave Hall, the Republican chairman of the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Hall, whose district stretches from Millersburg north to Brunswick, says the first concern is […]

  • I-TEAM: Could it happen here? The Untold Story of the Toledo Water Crisis

    CLEVELAND – A FOX 8 I-Team investigation raises troubling questions about both the standards and the equipment used to test the water from Lake Erie. In early August, close to half a million people living in or near Toledo couldn’t drink their water for an entire weekend because of fears that an algae bloom on Lake Erie had rendered their water toxic. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio also gets its drinking water from Lake Erie. The lake is shallower off Toledo […]

  • 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 […]

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    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 […]