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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    Bishop Lennon on meeting with Pope Francis: It was a “very happy, special time”

    CLEVELAND– Perhaps the best story Bishop Richard Lennon has about his time with Pope Francis this week in Washington, D.C. concerns a stranger who the bishop happened to meet while walking out of church after the Pope had said mass. Turning to the man, Bishop Lennon asked, “Wasn’t that wonderful?”   And the bishop recalls the man turning to him and saying, “Yes, and I’m Methodist.” After a hearty laugh, the bishop said the encounter shows the unifying power of Francis’ papacy.”(That man) […]

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    ‘There was a lot of blood’: Cleveland officers save 10-year-old shooting victim

    CLEVELAND – As police officers rolled up on yet another shooting scene in the city, they instantly noticed this one was different. A 10-year-old boy was lying on the ground. He was alive, but bleeding from a gunshot wound. Officer Chris Heater, whose been a Cleveland officer less than two years, knelt over the boy. “There was a T-shirt next to him,” Officer Heater said, “so I took the T-shirt and used that to attempt to stop the bleeding.” The […]

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    Cleveland’s Bishop Lennon reflects on upcoming meeting with Pope

    CLEVELAND – Preparing to meet Pope Francis, Bishop Richard Lennon, head of the Cleveland Diocese, knows what he hopes to take away. “The advice, the guidance, the direction that Pope Francis will give us as the successor to Peter,” he says. In a wide-ranging, one-on-one interview, Bishop Lennon said the pope has “raised possibilities” with his comments on a wide array of controversial subjects. But Bishop Lennon cautioned that he had seen no changes in church doctrine under Pope Francis, […]

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    Police investigating after two killed in shooting at Avon home

    AVON — An estranged boyfriend shot and killed a man before taking his own life at a home on Sandy Lane, all while a 20 month-old child was in a crib inside the home. Police say both the child, and the child’s mother, are safe tonight. Police tell Fox 8 that they responded to a call of shots fired and found a man deceased on the front stoop when they arrived. While on scene, officers heard at least one additional […]

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    Police chase, car break-ins have west side community on edge

    AVON LAKE – A rash of car break-ins and burglaries, culminating in a high-speed police chase early Friday morning, has people on edge in what are usually quiet bedroom communities. “I think it’s probably a wake-up call,” says Terry Nickolette of Avon Lake. Four cars have been stolen from Avon Lake alone recently, according to police, with three of them recovered so far. The thefts and break-ins are believed to be related to a series of similar incidents in neighboring […]

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    George Forbes endorses Issue 3 to legalize marijuana in Ohio

    CLEVELAND -Citing reasons both political and personal, former Cleveland City Council President George Forbes endorsed Issue 3 on Friday– the measure that would legalize recreational and medical marijuana, if voters approve it in November. Forbes’ political motivation stems from his belief that marijuana laws are unfairly applied against minorities. “In the city of Cleveland,” Forbes said, “out of every 10 people who are arrested for marijuana, eight of them are black.” His personal reason is his decades-long battle with osteoporosis– […]

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    Vice President Joe Biden to pay respects at Louis Stokes’ funeral

    CLEVELAND — Vice President Joe Biden will be among the hundreds of people on Tuesday at the funeral of Louis Stokes. Stokes’ funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Quincy Avenue. The funeral is open to the public; however, the burial afterwards is private. *Click here for more on funeral arrangements* On Monday, underneath the American flag, a steady stream of people – the powerful as well as the powerless – paid their respects […]

  • ‘To us, he is Superman’: Louis Stokes’ daughter talks about the love for her father

    CLEVELAND – As the city prepares for the funeral of political icon Lou Stokes, his youngest daughter speaks movingly about her family’s love for her father – and her father’s love for Cleveland. “It is just an overwhelming, beautiful outpouring of love,” said Lori Stokes, about the tributes that have poured in since her father died of cancer Tuesday night at the age of 90. Lori, a news anchor in New York, has been in Cleveland for the past three […]

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    Former Ohio Congressman, political icon Louis Stokes has died

    CLEVELAND — Former Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes has died following a courageous battle with lung and brain cancer. The 90-year-old political icon passed away late Tuesday according to his family. Congressman Stokes, who was born in Cleveland and elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968, was the first African-American member of congress elected from Ohio. His family released the following statement Wednesday morning, “Our family is mourning the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and close confidant. He […]

  • ‘I did not expect that key to turn’: Solon woman wins YMCA dream home

    CONCORD TOWNSHIP – Angela Vecchio says she just had a feeling. “I’ve been nervous for three days,” the Solon grandmother told us, “and I just couldn’t sleep and eat, and I just kept thinking ‘I’m going to win it.'” Vecchio says she was really just trying to think positively, “but I didn’t think it would actually happen.” She was one of twenty people who might get a chance to turn the key on the front door of a fabulous $450,000 […]

  • Yvonne Pointer’s journey to honor her daughter takes another amazing step

    CLEVELAND– Community activist Yvonne Pointer, who has been an extraordinary advocate for children, will open a preschool in Ghana, West Africa Saturday in honor of her daughter. Gloria Pointer was only 14 when she was beaten, raped, and murdered in 1984 in Cleveland. Her killer, Hernandez Warren, 60, was only found after DNA evidence linked him to the crime. He was sentenced to life in prison last year. Since Gloria’s death, her mother, Yvonne, has worked tirelessly on behalf of […]

  • Proposed amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio different from other states

    CLEVELAND- Now that the Ohio Secretary of State announced that Ohioans will vote on whether to legalize marijuana this November, what exactly will you be deciding? Ohio’s proposal is different from those passed in other states to legalize marijuana. It limits who can commercially sell marijuana to the owners of 10 predesignated sites. Those owners are basically funding the campaign that got the issue on the ballot in the first place. The plan has met with opposition from people who […]