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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
  • I-Team exclusive: Inside the grand jury

    CLEVELAND – It is one of the most important – and most secretive – parts of our judicial system. As such, few of us – except for people who have served on one – have any idea how a grand jury really works. But now, as grand juries will soon make decisions on several controversial cases in Cleveland, including the deaths of two people at the hands of the police, the FOX 8 I-Team has been granted unprecedented access inside […]

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    Retired U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes diagnosed with lung and brain cancer

    CLEVELAND- Louis Stokes, who rose from humble beginning in Cleveland to become one of the more powerful members of Congress, has announced that he is battling cancer. The 90-year-old political icon said in a statement on Monday that he is being treated for lung and brain cancer at the Cleveland Clinic. “For years, I’ve made it my career in fighting for the people of Ohio, but now I must devote my time and energy to working with my doctors in […]

  • Fox 8 offers a glimpse into the future of TV

    CLEVELAND – If you think watching TV on a high-definition TV is cool, just wait. “FOX 8 is really leading the way into the next generation of TV technology,” says John Taylor, Vice-President of LG Electronics USA. On Thursday, FOX 8 hosted leading broadcast engineers to conduct one of the first field test in the nation on so-called “4-K” or Ultra Hi-Def TV. “When we went to HD, things got a whole lot better,” says Lynn Claudy, the Senior Vice-President […]

  • Dream come true for little boy battling cancer

    ROCKY RIVER, Ohio– Four-year-old Ethan was having the time of his life – in his own backyard. “He’s defeated the odds,” said Nicole Krish, Ethan’s mom, “and he gets to be a normal little boy now.” Last year, around the Fourth of July, Ethan was undergoing his fifth round of chemotherapy at the Cleveland Clinic in his battle with cancer. But he’s home now, and enjoying a special playground – a wish granted to him by A Special Wish Foundation […]

  • Racial slur written on garage door in Painesville, neighbors help remove it before family moves in

    PAINESVILLE – Residents of the Liberty Greens neighborhood awoke to a shock on Saturday. Someone had scrawled a racial epithet on a house that an African-American family is expected soon to call home. The epitaph, “No N——” drew swift condemnation and action from neighbors. “Appalling and unwarranted,” said Shannon Vickers, an African-American whose family has lived in the area for about ten years. “This is definitely not indicative of our community here,” he says. “This is not what Painesville is […]

  • Strict rules for Avon’s new pools raise some eyebrows

    AVON, Ohio- In theory, if you repeatedly violate pool rules at the new aquatic center in Avon, you could go to jail. Officials say people should take a breath, and see how the rules will be enforced with common sense once the center opens this summer. Still, some of the rules– no gum, only one bounce allowed on the diving board– have raised some eyebrows. “I understand safety rules, but gum, or jumping on a diving board, that’s for parents […]

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    Federal judge approves agreement between Cleveland, DOJ to reform policing

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A federal judge has approved the agreement between the City of Cleveland and the Department of Justice to significantly reform how Cleveland police officers do their jobs. Judge Solomon Oliver approved the so-called consent decree this morning. The sweeping, 105-page agreement calls for new levels of transparency and oversight within the Cleveland Division of Police. Mayor Frank Jackson called for the DOJ investigation shortly after a highly controversial police chase in November of 2012 left two unarmed […]

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    Judge says probable cause exists to charge officer with murder in Tamir Rice case

    CLEVELAND– A judge has released his recommendations in the Tamir Rice case. Judge Ronald Adrine on Thursday recommended that Officer Timothy Loehmann, who fired the fatal shot, should face a murder charge. He found Loehmann should also face a charge of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide and that Officer Frank Garmack, who was driving the police cruiser, should not. He found both officers should face charges of negligent homicide and dereliction of duty; he said neither officer should face an […]

  • Airman comes home to surprise entire family after nearly two years

    EUCLID – Bobby Hastings was having a good weekend, and it only got better. Hastings had graduated from Mentor High School, and was enjoying a family party to celebrate the occasion. Only one thing was missing: his older brother, David, who’s been deployed with the Air Force for two years. But David’s wife, Megan, had a plan, and with the help of family friend Missy Keefe, they pulled it off. As the family posed for what they thought was a […]

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    Prosecutors file appeal in Brelo case

    CLEVELAND–  The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office has filed an appeal in the Michael Brelo case that will not affect the not guilty verdict  – but may have an impact on future cases. Last Saturday, Judge John O’Donnell found the Cleveland police officer not guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of two unarmed people at the end of a controversial police chase back in 2012. In essence, the judge ruled that because Brelo wasn’t the only officer to fire fatal shots, […]

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    Cleveland, DOJ reach comprehensive agreement on changing how police function

    CLEVELAND – The Department of Justice and the city of Cleveland reached a sweeping agreement that holds the promise to fundamentally change policing in Cleveland for the better. The 105-page agreement comes just two days after a judge found Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo not guilty of manslaughter for his role in the deaths of two people at the end of a highly controversial police chase in 2012. Shortly after that chase, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson called for the DOJ […]

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    Sea of Youth police rally stands out for 13-year-old organizer

    MEDINA – This is National Law Enforcement Week, so it is not unusual to see events that pay tribute to police officers. What’s unusual is to have a major event organized in large part by a 13-year-old. But that’s what happened in Medina on Saturday as a large crowd turned out in support of the ‘Sea of Youth‘ rally. “I went to a ‘Sea of Blue’ rally in Cleveland,” says 13-year-old Trevor Satterwaite, “and I noticed there weren’t many kids […]