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.

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    Stokes’ autobiography recalls a fascinating man and his times

      CLEVELAND – The boy with the paper route who answered to the nickname “Billy” knew what he wanted in life. But he had no idea how he’d get there. “I knew, if things worked out, that I’d like to be a lawyer one day,” Lou Stokes told us during a wide-ranging interview back in 2013. Things, of course, worked out for Stokes, in ways he said exceeded his dreams. And now, everyone can share in the journey, thanks to […]

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    ‘It’s very bittersweet:’ Alesci’s owners say community response has been overwhelming

    SOUTH EUCLID – Customers started to fill up the parking lot of Alesci’s on this Saturday morning about a half-hour before the store even opened. They wanted to have a chance to get some great Italian food – and perhaps, to have a chance to say goodbye. After 73 years in business, Alesci’s will close for good next Saturday. “It’s very bittersweet,” says co-owner Tony Alesci, adding that the response from customers has been overwhelming and has made his family […]

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    New way to remove those orange barrels in construction zones

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– As drivers, we’ve probably all had our fill of the orange barrels at multiple construction zones this summer. Still, when the work is done, and it’s time to remove those barrels, ODOT says workers can be in danger. “One of the most dangerous aspects of our job is setting up and removing work zones so close to moving traffic,” ODOT says. But now, there are new methods designed to curb the danger. SkyFOX captured one of them from […]

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    Five indicted in Elyria and Lorain heroin overdoses

    ELYRIA, Ohio– Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced indictments against five Lorain County men for selling heroin or fentanyl that resulted in five overdoses – three of them fatal. While drug dealing convictions, and even manslaughter convictions, can result in prison sentences that run several years, the enhanced sentencing provisions sought in these cases could result in a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years. “Aggressively targeting dealers who sell heroin or fentanyl that kills people is one of several tools required to turn […]

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    ‘Love trumps hate’ at Pride in the CLE event

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– With cheers, and chants of “love trumps hate,” Cleveland’s LGBTQ+ community pulled off a large-scale march and festival that, only a few weeks ago, was in doubt. “We put this together in 13 days,” said Jacob Nash. After another group unexpectedly canceled its gay pride parade, 18 different organizations came together to put on what was entitled the “Pride in the CLE” event. A large group marched to Public Square, where a festival took place on Saturday afternoon. […]

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    ‘She mangled my baby:’ 12-year-old dies after hit-and-run in East Cleveland

    EAST CLEVELAND – A 12 year-old boy was run over and killed by a truck on Wednesday on a street where neighbors say cars routinely go too fast. Ameer Mitchell died on Thursday at University Hospitals. His mother had tried to save him after the truck hit him and left the scene. “She mangled my baby,” says Navetta Clark, Ameer’s mom. East Cleveland police say the driver, Starlesha Lewis, did not stop after hitting Ameer, but did turn herself into […]

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    ‘It touched my heart:’ Parents of fallen Cleveland officer talk about standing ovation at DNC

    CLEVELAND – Returning on Friday from their moments on the national stage, Barbara and Wayne Owens quietly retrieved their luggage at Hopkins International Airport. Stepping outside, they reflected on a night they could hardly have imagined just a few months ago – addressing the Democratic National Convention, and by extension, the nation. They were honored to do so, but wish they were there for almost any other reason than the one that brought them out onto that massive stage in […]

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    VIDEO: Akron serial robber strikes in frightening way each time

    AKRON, Ohio– Police are searching for a brazen robber who is now suspected of up to seven armed hold-ups this summer. “We feel we have a serial robber,” says Lt. Rick Edwards of the Akron Police Department. Lt. Edwards says they believe the robber may be using the money to feed a drug habit. On Wednesday, the suspect walked into a Loan Maxx on Tallmadge Avenue, brandishing a silver handgun, demanded all the money, and walked out with just over […]

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    Cleveland police union donates supplies to DNC officers

    CLEVELAND – The line formed Monday morning with people passing 12-packs of bottled water down to load onto trucks. Even though the effort was taking place in front of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association headquarters on the near west side of Cleveland, many of the volunteers were not police officers. “Many of them live in the neighborhood,” said Steve Loomis, the president of the CPPA. The spirit to help the police continues after a successful Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The police union […]

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    Back in 2014, Chief Williams predicted that Cleveland had better days ahead

    CLEVELAND –A Washington Post reporter remarked that they worried about a riot during last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and instead, they got a block party. A lot of the credit for the successful convention is going to the security forces. Shortly after becoming Cleveland’s police chief in 2014, Calvin Williams predicted better days ahead for his embattled Division of Police. He made that prediction during the first sit-down interview he ever did as Chief with the I-Team’s Bill […]

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    More than 700 officers sworn in on Saturday for the RNC

    CLEVELAND – More than 700 officers from around the nation were sworn in on Saturday for the duties they will perform this week during the Republican National Convention. They are part of a force that easily numbers in the thousands who will guard Cleveland, the convention, as well as protesters, during this week’s convention. “We have to over-plan,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, following the second swearing-in ceremony held at Case Western Reserve University. Deputy Chief Ed Tomba would not […]

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    Countdown to the Republican National Convention continues

    CLEVELAND – Final preparations are well underway for Monday’s start of the Republican National Convention, and downtown is beginning to fill with people – and excitement. “The renaissance is wonderful,” says Yasmin Reccord, who has worked downtown for 25 years. Looking around, Laura Lennerth declared, “I’m proud to be a Clevelander.” Security remains a top priority, especially in light of this week’s terror attack in Nice, France that killed over 80 people. But the head of the convention says the […]