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
  • Officials defend materials used on FirstEnergy Stadium similar to those in London apartment fire

    CLEVELAND– City of Cleveland officials strongly refuted a report that has led to questions about whether there is a fire risk at First Energy Stadium. “What’s inside of this installation is not flammable,” said Tom Vanover, Cleveland’s Building Commissioner, as he points towards the stadium. Questions arose after an Associated Press story reported the same external material that is on large sections of the stadium was also on the Grenfell Tower in London. That high-rise erupted in flames earlier this […]

  • WWII veteran receives long overdue high school diploma

    BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – 92-year-old Robert Schultz rose with his cane to a standing ovation to receive his high school diploma – class of 1944. “I feel good,” Robert said, adding with a chuckle, “it’s about time.” In 1943, while he was in the eleventh grade, Robert became the first in his class to get drafted into World War II. He served for two years in Europe, and hoped to get his diploma when he returned. “They wouldn’t give it to […]

  • Lee Fisher embraces both his new role in education – and his old profession in politics

    CLEVELAND – A former Ohio Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor believes he may have found the proverbial Fountain of Youth. Well, sort of. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt younger in my life,” Lee Fisher says, adding that “interacting every day with young law students…keeps me refreshed, it keeps me energized.” Fisher officially starts this summer as the Dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. He calls the position the “capstone” on a career that has […]

  • Renovations at the Q could be delayed by potential lawsuit

    CLEVELAND– An attorney says his clients will sue to try and force Cleveland to put the issue of whether to use public money to finance renovations of the Q on a ballot – if the city doesn’t agree to do so first. A lawsuit might delay the sale of county bonds – which are part of the financing package worked out among the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the Cleveland Cavaliers to pay for the $140 million in renovations. […]

  • Fake delivery: Robbers use flowers, balloons to trick way into grandmother’s home

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio– Three brazen armed robbers posing as flower deliverymen tricked an unsuspecting grandmother to gain entry into her home, where they held her and her infant grandson at gunpoint. The trio struck just before Mother’s Day, and the 58-year-old woman opened the door, thinking she was receiving a delivery of flowers and balloons. Instead, the men forced their way in after a brief struggle at the door. At least two had guns, and one of those was a […]

  • WATCH: Octavia Spencer delivers commencement speech at KSU

    KENT, Ohio — Octavia Spencer delivered the commencement speech at Kent State on Saturday, which cost the university $100,000. The contract between the university and the Academy-Award winner had her posing for photos with VIPs starting at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. She then took part in the processional, delivered her speech at 11 a.m., and wrapped up by noon. Thank you #DrWarren and #kentstate for having me deliver commencement address for #2017. Fun day. — octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) May […]

  • Kent State paying actress Octavia Spencer $100,000 to deliver commencement speech

    KENT, Ohio — Kent State will pay actress Octavia Spencer $100,000 to deliver a 15-20 minute commencement speech to its graduating class on Saturday.  The contract between the university and the Academy-Award winner shows her schedule on Saturday starts at 9 a.m. by posing for photos with VIPs. She then takes part in the processional, delivers her speech at 11am, and is done at noon. In addition to a fee that is listed in the contract as “$100,000 GUARANTEED,” the […]

  • Heroin hits home: How to help those battling addiction

    The heroin epidemic is a horrific one, with deaths skyrocketing in Ohio. Here is a list of resources to help those who may be battling addiction: ROSARY HALL / ST. VINCENT CHARITY HOSPITAL 216-363-2580 PRESS EXT. 4 TO SPEAK WITH A CAREGIVER IMMEDIATELY. STVINCENTCHARITY.COM/ROSARYHALL E-MAIL: THE LANTERN 216-941-5005 E-MAIL: THE ED KEATING CENTER 216-472-1276 E-MAIL: MATT TALBOT 6753 STATE ROAD PARMA, OH 44134 216-781-0288 E-MAIL: HARBOR LIGHT / SALVATION ARMY 216-781-3773 STELLA MARIS 216-781-0550 […]

  • Good news following Willoughby-Eastlake BOE fire: Computerized records have been saved

    WILLOUGHBY, Ohio– Willoughby school officials said on Friday that computerized records have been saved, and a century-old building may be salvageable after suffering a devastating fire early Tuesday. The building housed the school board’s offices, and a staff of about forty people. By Friday, the staff had been relocated to another building, and the district’s computers were back up and running. “I had a military career,” says Superintendent Steve Thompson, “and I never saw an organization move better then the […]

  • 6 months later: Effects of ‘Goddard’s Law’ being felt in Ohio

    CLEVELAND – Six months after it become law in Ohio, “Goddard’s Law” is already having an impact. Named for legendary FOX 8 Meteorologist Dick Goddard, the law raised the penalty for abuse of companion animals from a misdemeanor to a felony. In effect, it put teeth into the state’s laws when it comes to protecting pets – even for first-time offenders. “Before ‘Goddard’s Law’,” says Amy Beichler, executive director of Paws Ohio, “an individual who’d never done this before could […]

  • Legalized medical marijuana in Ohio: What will change?

    There are still a number of ifs, but legalized medical marijuana in Ohio holds the potential to have a profound impact on many people’s lives in many different ways. Technically, marijuana is still a schedule 1 drug — meaning the feds see it as an addictive substance that has no medical value, but it’s now legal for medical purposes in Ohio. FOX 8’s Bill Sheil reports there is a little known legal twist that might make pot very attractive to […]

  • History of domestic disputes leading up to Mansfield murder-suicide

    MANSFIELD, Ohio– Two people are dead following a murder-suicide in Mansfield, and a 7-week-old baby was found safe after a harrowing search. For some time Wednesday night, authorities were worried the situation might get worse because they could not locate the child. “Nobody knew where the child was,” said Mansfield Police Chief Kenneth Coontz at an afternoon news conference. Police knew a domestic dispute led to the shooting death of a 22-year-old woman in the parking lot at Broadwood Way […]