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.


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    Six months away: Cleveland counts down to the Republican National Convention

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland continues to prepare as the Republican National Convention is quickly approaching. In just about 6 months thousands of people will be flooding into Cleveland for the political event. Planners say they are on track to have everything completed by July, thanks to Mother Nature. “We got a real bonus the past couple of months with the weather,” said one planner. About 50,000 people are expected to come to Cleveland throughout the week of the convention. Check out more […]

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    Huge turnout for vigil to honor the life of coach who helped turn around little league

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    Hockey jersey retired to honor Lyndhurst native murdered in Washington D.C.

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    Prosecutor McGinty in exclusive interview: What happened to Tamir Rice ‘could have been any of our kids’

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    I-Team: Vegas, girls and Jimmy: Federal prosecutors release Dimora evidence

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    Amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio goes to a vote on Tuesday

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    Issue 8 is critical to the arts, supporters say

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