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
  • Ohio Supreme Court Justice defends post, expected to drop out of governor’s race

    CLEVELAND– Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill defended and attempted to clarify a Facebook post on Friday. In the post, he derided, what he called, the “feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions from decades ago” that is now so prevalent in the news. Several prominent politicians sharply criticized O’Neill’s comments, including Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. In his post, O’Neill, a candidate for governor, said he wanted to save opponents time researching him. “In the last fifty years I was […]

  • Honoring and caring for local veterans: Chaplain serves the sometimes forgotten souls who served the nation

    They served our nation and have the scars to show for it. But as aging veterans cope with the effects of agent orange exposure or post traumatic stress, one thing surely helps ease their pain- a visit from Chaplain Willie. He faithfully drives from place-to-place comforting both the sick and dying. Chaplian Willie works three days a week for Pathways Hospice in Berea. Photojournalist Ali Ghanbari accompanied the Chaplain as he serves the sometimes forgotten souls who served the nation […]

  • Authorities looking for indicted Cleveland police officer who slipped ankle monitor

    CLEVELAND – The FOX 8 I-Team has learned tonight that authorities are actively looking for an indicted Cleveland police officer. U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott confirms to Fox 8 that Tommie Griffin broke his ankle monitoring bracelet, and is on the run. Griffin was arrested back in January on charges related to the alleged beating and sexual assault of a 42 year-old woman in Parma. At the time, his bond was set at $250,000. Griffin, who is in his early 50’s, […]

  • Odds may be changing in Jimmy Dimora’s favor, based on Supreme Court decision

    CLEVELAND -There is no way to know if Jimmy Dimora will get out of prison early because of a successful appeal. What is clear is that his chances of being successful are better then they used to be. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has narrowed the definition of what is “corruption” under federal law. And so far, two federal appeals panels that have ruled in other cases, based on that decision, have sided with politicians who were once convicted […]

  • Blood drive doubles as a celebration of life for mom and son

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Joyce Foley didn’t know what had happened to her until several days later: The mother of five boys had complications during the birth of her son, Asher. Doctors had to race to save both their lives. And, for Joyce, they needed blood — a lot of it. “I lost 26 units of blood,” she said. That’s about three times the amount of blood we usually have in our bodies. But the doctors at the Cleveland Clinic […]

  • 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 […]