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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
  • U.S. Attorney determined to get a deal on changing Cleveland policing sooner rather than later

    CLEVELAND – U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach tells the FOX 8 I-Team that he is determined to get a deal on how to change policing in Cleveland that is complete and that gets put into place fairly soon. “We do feel a sense of urgency to get a comprehensive agreement in this case quickly,” Dettelbach said during a sit-down interview that he agreed to do with the I-Team. In December, Dettelbach stood along side U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as the […]

  • With dates set, Cleveland begins to gear up for Republican National Convention

    CLEVELAND – The announcement that the Republican Party has settled on July 18-21 as the dates next year for its national convention has planners in Cleveland gearing up to host an event that will thrust the city into the international spotlight. “Now, with that certainty, people can begin to plan and do things they need to do to be successful,” says Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. Hotels can now block out those dates to save for convention-goers and delegates. And restaurants […]

  • Starting at noon on Jan. 11, the Summit County Jail will release some inmates.

    Budget cuts lead to release of inmates at Summit County Jail

    AKRON – The doors swung open on Sunday, and 72 inmates walked out of the Summit County Jail. They weren’t being released because their sentences were over, or they had been found not guilty. Some are still awaiting trial. They were released because the sheriff was closing two housing units at the jail because of staffing problems due to Summit County’s budget issues. “We have some thefts; we have some probation violations; we have a few types of assaults, domestics, […]

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    Three more die from flu in Cuyahoga County

    CLEVELAND- The latest figures released by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health show this season’s flu is proving to be both severe and widespread. So far, seven people have died in the county this season from the flu – a high number for this time of year. All of the deaths have been people who were 70 years old or older. In terms of breadth, 800 people have been hospitalized in the county because of the flu and 500 of […]

  • Family of Massillon shooting victim given gift from good Samaritans

    MASSILLON, Ohio – If New Year’s Eve night was the worst night of Kathie McKernan’s life, then Friday started out as perhaps her worst day. Until strangers intervened to make it just a little brighter. A few nights ago, Kathie raced over to her 29-year-old son’s place after learning from one of his friends that there had been a shooting. “I told them, ‘I’m Robert McKernan’s mom, what’s going on?’” She was greeted by kind and compassionate Massillon police officers, […]

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    I-Team exclusive: Jimmy Dimora’s story from behind bars

    CLEVELAND – In an exclusive interview with the FOX 8 I-Team, an at times defiant, and at times seemingly deflated Jimmy Dimora maintains his innocence as he holds out hope that he might receive a new trial. Federal prison rules prevented the phone call from being recorded for broadcast, but in a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion, the former Cuyahoga County Commissioner said he has no choice but to stand on his beliefs. “I’m adamant,” Dimora said. “I’m not going to […]

  • 70 children get special shopping trip with Lorain police officers

    LORAIN, Ohio — They boarded the school bus on a Saturday with smiles on their faces. Maybe that’s because they weren’t going to school; they were going shopping. Lorain police officers took about 70 children to Wal-Mart to “Shop with a Cop” for Christmas. “It is so fun,” one little girl said. The Lorain Fraternal Order of Police raises money through donations all year long to fund today’s shopping spree. The officers hope it helps people young and old alike […]

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    Students meet Attorney General Eric Holder

    CLEVELAND — On Wednesday, Mike Tiernuy, 16,  and Dealijah Jeffries, 16,  were studying social justice as part of their curriculum at Cleveland’s Facing History, New Tech high school. On Thursday, they saw a little bit of justice up close as they met the man who heads the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric Holder wanted to meet with some student leaders during his visit to Cleveland. Holder was in Cleveland to announce that a 19-month DOJ investigation had found that Cleveland […]

  • The U.S. Department of Justice plans to release its findings today in an investigation of the Cleveland Police Department that began in 2013.

    Justice Department report blasts Cleveland Police practices, seeks outside oversight

    CLEVELAND – The Justice Department has found that the Cleveland Division of Police engages “in a pattern or practice of the use of excessive force” and that outside, independent monitoring of the division is required to address the problem. Just who that monitor will be, and what he or she will oversee is still being negotiated. But the monitor’s role may ultimately be tied to oversight of the police force by a federal judge. In a scathing, 58-page report that […]

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    Attorney General Eric Holder coming to Northeast Ohio: Is it connected to DOJ probe of Cleveland police?

    CLEVELAND- The Justice Department has announced that Attorney General Eric Holder is coming to Cleveland Thursday. The visit raises the possibility that the Department of Justice has completed its lengthy investigation of the Cleveland Division of Police. The investigation started after an incredible police chased ended with officers firing 137 pounds into a car and killing two people back in November of 2012. No weapon was found on either on them. The DOJ is investigation whether there is a pattern […]

  • Must see! Neighborhood builds winter wonderland for girl battling leukemia

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Outside, a small army of volunteers toiled away, while inside her home, a little 3-year-old girl thought all that noise was just her parents doing hard work. Little Gianna Andolina, “Gigi,” had no idea. “Every year, we typically go see a couple houses that are all decked out with Christmas lights,” says her dad, Adam. But, back in late June, Gigi was diagnosed with leukemia. The current treatments weaken her immune system, meaning her parents can’t really […]

  • Man conspires with Christmas performers for proposal of a lifetime at Tower City

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Leanna Krause always said she wanted an engagement proposal she would remember. And now she knows her new fiance, Ryan Mulloy, really listens to her. On Saturday, Leanna and Ryan attended a Christmas performance at Tower City. Leanna didn’t know that Ryan and the performers had conspired to make her the star of the show. A toy soldier just happened to ask Leanna to dance with him. And wouldn’t you know it, Ryan was soon dancing as […]