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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
  • Volunteers build home for wounded warrior & his family

    OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — They came from near and far, all with one purpose: to help a wounded warrior. “It’s a surreal feeling,” Alex Haworth said, as he watched volunteers, some of whom he didn’t know, build his family a home. Alex, who served with the Ohio Army National Guard, was wounded in Afghanistan in 2012. The volunteers say they were happy to help. “It’s one way of giving back to them,” said Kevin Ennis, with the Local 435 Carpenters […]

  • Ukranian crew ordered to not exit tanker sitting on river in Toledo

    TOLEDO, Ohio — If you look north down the Maumee River toward the bay beyond, you may notice something unusual. A large tanker just sitting on one side of the river. It’s been there for nearly a month and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. “It has a Ukrainian crew, the registration is Liberian,” said Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, “and my understanding is, there’s a huge amount of money owed.” Documents say the U.S. Marshal’s Service is […]

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    Leaders welcome thousands to CLE for 2014 Gay Games

    CLEVELAND — Cleveland-area leaders today welcomed thousands of people from all over the country and world for the 2014 Gay Games. Officials from Cleveland and Akron, along with Gay Games organizers, spoke on the event and welcomed participants and visitors at a press conference Saturday. Cleveland police Friday said they were ready to secure the Gay Games, and hope the week-long event helps them prepare for when the city hosts the Republican National Convention in two years. Officials said at […]

  • I-Team: How hosting RNC can help Cleveland police

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland has landed the 2016 Republican National Convention, a victory that can bring millions of dollars to its police department, the subject of an ongoing Department of Justice Department investigation. The DOJ is examining whether there is a pattern of excessive force in the Cleveland Police Department. The probe began in the wake of a deadly 2012 car chase that left two people, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, dead after police fired 137 rounds and found no […]

  • CLE officials closely monitoring water, ‘confident’ it will stay safe to drink

    WESTLAKE, Ohio — At the Crown Filtration Plant, officials with the Cleveland Division of Water are confident that the region’s water will stay safe to drink, but they are watching the water supply very carefully. “We’re monitoring the water constantly,” said Alex Margevicius, the division’s interim director. Margevicius said that Cleveland gets its water from the central basin of Lake Erie. Toledo, which has had a “do not drink the water” order in place for most of the weekend, gets […]

  • Union to appeal decision to discipline CLE fire supervisors

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland’s fire union said it will challenge Chief Patrick Kelly’s decision to discipline 17 supervisors and suspend 13 of them for one to three days, in connection with a shift-swapping scandal. Last year, 13 rank-and-file firefighters pleaded guilty to misdemeanors regarding the scandal. Audits showed they had avoided working thousands of hours by paying other firefighters to cover for them. Citing an erosion of public trust, Chief Kelly, who wasn’t chief during the scandal, said the supervisors failed […]

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    Local competitors crowned champions in All-American Soap Box Derby

    AKRON, Ohio — Every year, they compete in over 600 races, across countries and across continents, all hoping to make it to one place. Derby Downs in Akron. The 77th Annual First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby crowned champions on Saturday. It also did a lot more – like bring families together. “We do a lot of things together,” said Rick Desens, who is from Rochester, New York, and whose son, Ricky, has twice been a champion at Derby Downs. […]

  • Industrial fire put out with no injuries, crews monitoring hazardous chemical

    MENTOR, Ohio — Firefighters Friday fought a large industrial blaze that was fueled by oil, bringing it under control without injuries and without allowing a hazardous chemical to flow toward Lake Erie. The fire sparked at Metal Seal Precision located at 7333 Corporate Boulevard shortly before 10:30 a.m. and quickly spread through the roof. The first fire trucks from Mentor arrived in about four minutes and quickly called for help from neighboring departments. Fast work by firefighters, coupled with fire […]

  • Dash cam: Officer drags man across highway to save his life

    NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — Patrolman Matt Beck pulled over a car on the morning of July 10 for speeding along I-480. He suspected the 54-year-old driver may be drunk, so he called for back-up. Beck could not imagine what would happen next. Suddenly, the suspected drunk driver opened his door and walked onto I-480 yelling, “Just kill me.” “Get back in the car,” Beck screamed at him, but to no avail. So, without hesitation, Beck ran onto the freeway himself, […]

  • (Jimmy Dimora mug shot taken 8/21/2013; Cuyahoga County Jail)

    I-Team: Jimmy Dimora appeals to U.S. Supreme Court

    CLEVELAND  — The FOX 8 I-Team has confirmed that attorneys for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora have sent an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the high court to hear the case. The appeal petition asks the court to decide whether the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals used the proper standard in finding that the trial judge’s decision to exclude evidence – evidence that Dimora said was key to his defense – was, in fact, “harmless error.” The […]

  • Amy Mihaljevic’s dad: ‘They’re going to find her killer’

    BAY VILLAGE – 25 years later, Mark Mihaljevic is, believe it or not, optimistic. “I’ve never lost hope, it’s going to happen,” Mark says. “They’re going to find her killer.” In late October 1989, Mark’s 10 year-old daughter, Amy, disappeared from a quaint shopping plaza in Bay Village. Friends said she was planning to meet a man who had lured Amy on the pretext of buying a gift for her mother, Margaret. Amy was never seen alive again. Her body […]

  • 45 years later: Cuyahoga River pollution much lower than ‘the day the river burned’

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Gaze down the Cuyahoga River near where its mouth opens into Lake Erie, and you will see rowers and boaters, people on jet skis and others just fishing. In other words, you will see a lot of people enjoying the river. Forty-five years ago, that wasn’t the case. On that date, June 22, 1969, the river caught fire, sparking a national debate about environmental standards and making Cleveland the butt of national jokes. “We came down, and […]