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.

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    ITEAM: Ohio’s gun law for felons adds some teeth

    AKRON – More than two years after the FOX 8 I-Team first revealed the weakness of a state gun law when compared to its federal counterpart, the Ohio Legislature has passed a bill that strengthens that law. But the deal did not come without controversy – or compromise. Almost three years ago, the I-Team rode along with Akron Police narcotics officers, and within a couple of hours, they had arrested someone who had a gun on him he wasn’t legally […]

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    Hundreds turn out at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery to honor the fallen

    RITTMAN – A large crowd turned out on this warm Sunday at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery to honor the fallen on this Memorial Day weekend. Many of the thousands of graves that line the countryside here receive many visitors year around. But others, perhaps older graves, see few. “The flag you place today at his or her grave site may be the only visitor they get this year,” Matthew Metschke, the cemetery’s director, told the audience. The ceremony […]

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    Banned list: Fake guns, tennis balls among items not allowed in RNC ‘event zone’

    CLEVELAND – The broad “event zone” for July’s Republican National Convention will prohibit people from carrying fake guns, or weapons that are similar to real guns. But real guns themselves? They’ll be allowed. This week, the City of Cleveland and the Secret Service released a comprehensive list of items that will be banned from a broad area that stretches east to Cleveland State University, north to Burke Lakefront Airport, and west across the Cuyahoga River to West 25th Street. Here […]

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    Honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at police memorial ceremony

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– A large crowd turned out on a sunny day to pay their respects to fallen police officers. The Ohio State Highway Patrol Drum & Bugle Corps escorted the families of fallen officers to the 31st Annual Great Cleveland Peace Officers ceremony. Julia Ruane lost her brother, Cleveland officer Desmond Sherry, 36 years ago, to an assailant. “That pain is (still) as fresh,” Ruane told the crowd. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said he struggles every year with trying to […]

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    ‘I felt like I didn’t matter:’ Teenage girl goes from being bullied to leading her class

    SANDUSKY – Jayda Jackson appears to be a typical teenager, but the transformation she has undergone is remarkable – and contains lessons for any parent who is concerned that their child is being bullied. Choking back tears, Jayda says, just a few years ago, she considered suicide. “I started biting my hands, and not even realizing it,” she says, “and one time, I actually tried to take my life because that’s all I had left to do.” But now, Jayda […]

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    A mother’s message after losing her son to bullying: ‘Force them to have time with you’

    MENTOR, Ohio– As Janis Mohat watches the DVD of her son, Eric, a certain smile crosses her face that can only belong to a mother. It’s a smile of pride, and love, a smile that recalls better days as Janis watches the video of Eric’s rocking solo at the Mentor High School musical. But the smile quickly fades as Janis recalls the pain of losing her son to suicide. “I loved (being his Mom),” Janis says, “and I miss who I […]

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    Finger-painted mural breaks Guinness World Record, hoping to bring attention to playground

    ROCKY RIVER – What do you do if you want to bring attention to a great cause? One suggestion: break a record that’s in the Guinness Book of World Records. With a lot of finger painting – and a lot of patience – that’s what a large group of volunteers did today at The Force in Rocky River. In fact, the mural is so big, the painting was started before today – Bay Presbyterian Church had over 200 participants add […]

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    RNC Countdown: How Cleveland was picked to host the convention

    CLEVELAND – The roots of the efforts to bring a major political convention to Cleveland can be traced back nearly a decade – and include an ironic twist involving a former high-profile elected official who is now in prison on corruption convictions. For years, business leaders in the community had bemoaned the lack of a modern convention center, which they said was needed to attract major events to town. The problem was, there was no agreement on how to pay […]

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    101 days away, Republican National Convention planners are optimistic

    CLEVELAND -As the countdown to the GOP Convention in Cleveland hits the 100-day mark, planners for both Cleveland and the Republican National Committee believe they are on-target to be ready. With the potential that the GOP nominee won’t be decided until the week of the convention itself, planners have to be a little more flexible that usual. Steve King, chairman of the RNC’s Arrangements Committee, says that because the field started with 17 candidates, there have been some contingencies in […]

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    NAACP expresses concern over RNC security

    CLEVELAND – The local chapter of the NAACP is asking city and county leaders to share details of security planning for this summer’s GOP Convention, saying it is concerned about what may happen. Recalling protests that followed controversial police shootings, the NAACP writes in a letter that the protests “surrounding the Tamir Rice and Michael Brelo matters were just child’s play compared to what many think will occur in our city in July.” The letter is addressed to Cleveland Mayor […]

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    Democrats to choose between Senate candidates with 43-year age gap

    CLEVELAND – Ohio Democrats will have a generational choice when they decide next week between the two candidates vying to be the party’s nominee for a U.S. Senate seat now held by Rob Portman, a Cincinnati Republican. There are 43 years between the two men. Ted Strickland, a former Ohio Governor and Congressman, is 74. His opponent, P.G. Sittenfeld, a two-term Cincinnati council member, is 31. One area where the two men are in agreement is that, if Donald Trump […]

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    I-Team: Number of people saved shows true scope of heroin/fentanyl epidemic

    EUCLID – Sitting on the shores of Lake Erie, Euclid is a nice-size community: it covers a little more than ten square miles, and is home to just under fifty thousand people. Which makes the number of people saved by its fire department last year all the more frightening. In 2015, the city’s paramedics and firefighters administered Nalaxone to 145 people who were overdosing.   The drug is an antidote for those who may well otherwise die on the spot […]