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
  • Effects of government shutdown felt here at home

    CLEVELAND – The impending government shutdown will be felt far beyond Washington – including right here in northeast Ohio. “We have a race tomorrow,” says Jeff Boni, a runner and Cuyahoga Falls resident. The race is scheduled to take place in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If the government shuts down at midnight, the race will likely have to be cancelled. “We’re hoping to keep the park as accessible as possible,” says Jennie Vasarhelyi, a park ranger. But, she adds, […]

  • Sleeping outside on a cold winter’s night: for a good cause

    LAKEWOOD – At about 3 p.m. today, they started building the shelter they would sleep under tonight. Shelters made out of boxes. “It’s almost become a rite of passage,” says Brad Humphreys, one of the organizers of the annual “Sleep Out” at the Lakewood Congregational Church. Young people between the ages of 11 and 18 take part in the event. They build their boxes, then try to get passing motorists to make donations to help the homeless. Later, they turn […]

  • Ohio minimum wage goes up as new year begins

    CLEVELAND — About 150,000 minimum wage workers across the state get a pay raise starting today. Ohio’s new minimum is $8.30 an hour, up from $8.15 last year. “Not enough,” says Leslie Penman of Cleveland. Penman, a mechanical engineer, says he once worked minimum wage jobs after he got out of the Marine Corps. “It’s very difficult to support a family, you barely can support yourself, on minimum wage,” he says. In 2006, Ohio voters approved a measure that basically […]

  • Mad dash to pay 2018 real estate taxes early

    CHARDON, Ohio– The week between Christmas and New Year’s is usually fairly normal at the Geauga County Treasurer’s Office. Not this year. “It has been crazy,” said Caroline Mansfield, the chief deputy of the treasurer’s office. The new tax law has led to a flood of people coming in to pay their 2018 real estate taxes before the end of 2017. Usually, the Geauga County Treasurer’s Office collects about $1 million in those taxes during this week. This year, it’s […]

  • Heroin epidemic: Most doctors can’t prescribe ‘gold standard’ medication to help save lives

    CLEVELAND — It is a medication that the drug court judge in Cleveland calls the “gold standard” in helping people recover from heroin addictions. Yet astonishingly, less then two percent of doctors practicing in the county are allowed to prescribe it. We are operating without one of the tools that has been proven, by science, to help someone the most,” says Drug Court Judge David Matia. The judge is talking about buprenorphine – one of a group of drugs that […]

  • ‘Elves and More’ show the true spirit of Christmas

    AKRON – The blaring sound of a police siren rarely means good news in the Summit Lake neighborhood of Akron. Sunday was different. Police cars led a convoy of “XPO” trucks carrying over 1,100 bikes to be passed out to children in need – just in time for Christmas. “I am so excited,” shrieked Terrie Nurse, as each of her grandchildren received a bike. “I didn’t buy them bikes, but I’d promised to, but I couldn’t because I got into […]

  • Man survives driving off I-480 bridge embankment while trying to elude police

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — It’s not clear yet what a driver was thinking – but clearly, he wasn’t thinking straight – when he decided to try and elude police by going down the steep embankment that separates the two spans of the I-480 Valley View Bridge. Police say a sheriff’s deputy was in pursuit of the man eastbound on 480 on Thursday night. As they approached the bridge, the driver made a slight turn to the left, onto a grassy median. […]

  • Prosecutors argue Dimora’s actions clearly still corrupt

    CLEVELAND – Federal prosecutors say former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora should stay in prison for his entire sentence – arguing that his crimes fit well within a new definition of corruption set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court. As the FOX 8 I-Team has reported, the high court narrowed the definition of corruption by ruling in another case that a public official must perform an “official act” – and receive something in exchange for it – in order to […]

  • Jimmy Haslam breaks silence to address ‘vile’ secret recordings in Pilot Flying J investigation

    BEREA, Ohio- Browns owner Jimmy Haslam broke his self-imposed silence to address what a federal judge called “vile” comments made by one of Haslam’s former trucking executives – comments the judge said disparaged women, “the entire city of Cleveland,” and the Cleveland Browns. “I’m actually glad you brought that up,” Haslam said, after a FOX 8 reporter asked him about the judge’s remarks. Haslam was holding a news conference where he announced the hiring of a new general manager for […]

  • Cordray believes, in the era of Trump, he can win by bringing people together

    CLEVELAND – Richard Cordray, the former Ohio Attorney General who is now running for governor, believes he can win with a completely different style then the one used by President Donald Trump to win the state so easily in the Presidential election. While states that vote Republican are often called “red” states, and those that vote blue are called “Democratic”, Cordray says Ohio is a combination of the two. “I think Ohio is a purple state,” he says, “what people […]

  • As teen driving deaths increase, can technology be part of the answer?

      CLEVELAND –  Josh Weil and Alex Doody led lives full of purpose, and promise, and almost limitless potential. That is, until the two Hawken School seniors died two years ago in a tragic car crash with a teenage friend behind the wheel. “We never thought we were going to be the parents… of a child who dies,” said Michael Weil, Josh’s father. “But we all know there are parents whose children die.” “The idea that this will never happen to […]

  • Young drivers, deadly crashes: A toll that can last forever

    PHILADELPHIA – Aaron Cooksey has lived the other side of the story – a story of his own making, a story that took one life and changed his own forever. When asked if he feels like a killer, Cooksey responds simply, “absolutely.” His life has become a cautionary tale of what can go terribly wrong when a young person makes a bad decision to get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t be driving. Sixteen years ago, Cooksey and his best […]