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
  • Federal rule actually prevents more Opiate treatment

    CLEVELAND – As the opiate crisis continues to kill a record number of people, a little-known federal rule has kept treatment centers so small that they turn away thousands of people a year who want help. “When you use heroin, you can’t wait a couple hours. When you need help, you have to be able to literally walk right in,” says Christa Sirois of Massillon. Sioris, 32, has now been clean for four months, after being addicted to heroin for […]

  • Could Cleveland hold some answers when it comes to the heroin/opiate crisis?

    CLEVELAND – The head of the White House Opioid Task Force, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, brought members of his team to Cleveland this past week to learn about some amazing addiction rates at the Louis Stokes VA Center in Cleveland. They are amazing – because of how low they are. The VA has now put together an 8-step program (“Stop Pain”) that incorporates some elements of care that  have been seen in various places in Cleveland for years. FOX […]

  • Presidential Opioid Commission praises, learns from Cleveland VA

    CLEVELAND – Gov, Chris Christie of New Jersey, head of a Presidential Commission on opioids, summed it up well when addressing doctors and patients gathered at the Louis Stokes VA Center in Cleveland. “We didn’t come here by accident,” he said. Christie, and several prominent national figures, toured the VA Center on Thursday to learn more about a remarkable contradiction. Even though the state of Ohio has the highest addiction rate in the nation, the Stokes Center in Cleveland has […]

  • Hurricane Irma leaves some Northeast Ohio couples waiting to get home

    CLEVELAND – As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, it has already altered the plans for many people from northeast Ohio including two couples on their honeymoons. Gayle Powell-Cummings and her husband, Tony, know they are among the lucky ones. “We’re on here another three days because of Hurricane Irma,” Gayle told us from her cruise ship. Their ship was originally supposed to dock back in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, just as Irma is expected to batter Florida. **TRACK HURRICANE […]

  • Cuyahoga County Election Board security questioned after door left unlocked

    CLEVELAND – The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into security at the Board of Elections, after a former congressman and Cleveland mayor found a back door unlocked. “I went to vote,” says Dennis Kucinich, “so I opened the door and walked in.” Kucinich entered the Board’s offices on Saturday afternoon through a rear door that voters often use. Once inside, he discovered the Board wasn’t open for voting. But he also discovered that no employees were inside, […]

  • Willoughby South High School drops controversial ‘Rebel’ mascot

    WILLOUGHBY, Ohio– The Rebel mascot for Willoughby South High School has had its share of controversy over the years. On Thursday, Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools confirmed the Willoughby South Rebel is gone. The mascot depicted a man dressed in a uniform with an “X” on his hat. Many believed that to be representative of a Confederate soldier from Civil War time dressed in “rebel gray.” During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Superintendent Steve Thompson said, “Times have changed; it’s taken on […]

  • Two cities compete on one baseball field – and they both win

    AVON, Ohio –  There were a lot of professionals on the field of Sprenger Stadium on Sunday, where the Lake Erie Crushers usually play. One look, and you could tell their profession probably wasn’t baseball. Or even softball. But police officers and city officials from Lorain and Cleveland gave it their all in a softball showdown that benefited charities in both communities. Fox8’s Peggy and Ed Gallek were on hand for the first pitch ceremony with Peggy doing the honors. “It’s […]

  • President Trump’s former campaign manager speaks at City Club of Cleveland

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Friendly, yet combative, Corey Lewandowski told a highly-engaged City Club audience that Donald Trump was a political phenomenon that likes of which have rarely, if ever, been seen. Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, created less controversy in his answers about the President then he did about himself. Questioners, and later reporters, wanted to know about whether he had any business relationship with an Ohio payday lending company called Community Choice Financial. Last Sunday, on Meet The Press, […]

  • Former Medina County high school football star shows what you can make out of life and love

    WADSWORTH – Kory Wiita just finished taking the bar exam yesterday, and is getting married tomorrow. Which one is he more nervous about? “The wedding,” he says, “I can take the bar exam again if need be, but I don’t want to forget any of my vows.” Taking the bar and getting married would seem like a lot for anyone to tackle in a week. But those milestones show just how remarkable a person Kory has become since a football […]

  • NAACP files lawsuit against Cleveland Police

    CLEVELAND – Saying the case is disappointing “under the backdrop of our federal consent decree,” the NAACP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Cleveland man who was allegedly roughed up by police in front of his own house. The officers had filed a police report saying the man in question, 22-year-old Shase Howse, had assaulted one of them. “It’s hard to assault someone when you’re face down, with your hands behind your back,” says Michael Nelson, Howse’s NAACP attorney. […]

  • Officials defend materials used on FirstEnergy Stadium similar to those in London apartment fire

    CLEVELAND– City of Cleveland officials strongly refuted a report that has led to questions about whether there is a fire risk at First Energy Stadium. “What’s inside of this installation is not flammable,” said Tom Vanover, Cleveland’s Building Commissioner, as he points towards the stadium. Questions arose after an Associated Press story reported the same external material that is on large sections of the stadium was also on the Grenfell Tower in London. That high-rise erupted in flames earlier this […]

  • WWII veteran receives long overdue high school diploma

    BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – 92-year-old Robert Schultz rose with his cane to a standing ovation to receive his high school diploma – class of 1944. “I feel good,” Robert said, adding with a chuckle, “it’s about time.” In 1943, while he was in the eleventh grade, Robert became the first in his class to get drafted into World War II. He served for two years in Europe, and hoped to get his diploma when he returned. “They wouldn’t give it to […]