Bill can be seen weekdays as co-anchor of the top rated 5, 7 and 10 p.m. editions of Fox 8 News.

Bill Martin came to WJW in 1994, as co-anchor of the then hour-long early morning newscast. He later became field anchor for the 5 p.m. news before joining Fox 8 News in the Morning team in 1996.

After leading the morning show to number one in the ratings for more than three years, Bill was promoted to the 5 p.m. and noon newscasts in 1999.

Prior to WJW, Bill served as a reporter/anchor for WUAB-TV ( Cleveland) from 1991-94. He was a weekend news anchor at WPXI (Pittsburgh) from 1988-91 and since 1980, has had stints in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as well as Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.

Bill is the recipient of the prestigious Headliner Award. He is a multiple winner of Emmy and Associated Press awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. Bill was also inducted into the Ohio Television/Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Buffalo, New York native holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. He has a Masters Degree in Counseling / Human Relations from Liberty University and attended Ashland Theological Seminary. Bill is a licensed professional Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Recent Articles
  • Unbreakable bond: There’s no love like your love for a child

    Ask any parent, there’s no love like your love for a child. As we tell Cleveland’s Own Love Stories, it’s only appropriate to recognize that. Bill Martin introduces us to a mother and son whose complicated start created an unbreakable bond. **Read more Love Stories, here**

  • Sunday update: Bill Martin’s Hurricane Irma report from Florida

    BRADENTON, Florida — Our own Bill Martin is hunkered down at his home in Lakewood Ranch, near Bradenton, Florida, where he is experiencing some effects of Hurricane Irma. Earlier today, he provided an update from his home. Watch, below: Bill reported from his home Sunday just as heavy rain bands struck the area. However, he said he “was safe,” and in “a safe structure.” He had originally planned on going down for a long, relaxing weekend, but Irma had other […]

  • Evening update: Fox 8’s Bill Martin reports live from Florida as Irma approaches

    BRADENTON, Florida – Fox 8 anchor Bill Martin has a home in Lakewood Ranch, near Bradenton, Florida and he is there as Hurricane Irma approaches the state. Just before sunset on Saturday, Bill gave us this report: Here is his live report Saturday afternoon: Bill had originally planned on going down for a long, relaxing weekend, but Irma had other ideas. He has spent the past day putting up hurricane shutters on his second floor condo. Bill also has a […]

  • Congressman Jim Renacci presents Bill Martin with special items honoring his father

    CLEVELAND, Ohio–  Congressman Jim Renacci presented FOX 8’s Bill Martin with several very special items honoring his father Almon W. Martin. Al Martin served in the United States Army during WWII and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He enlisted in Ohio and studied at Ohio Wesleyan University. Al Martin’s name and contributions, as part of the greatest generation, were placed into the Congressional Record which was presented to Bill. A flag flown over the United States Capitol was also […]

  • Scott Savol: Journey from Northeast Ohio to Top 5 on American Idol

    CLEVELAND – Scott Savol remembers his time on American Idol fondly and is grateful for the experience. “I was always kind of a quiet person,” Scott told Bill Martin. “I did have a lot of belief of myself but once I got out there and saw that most people find something that they’re good at, that people accept and people enjoy, I found that with idol.” Scott landed in the Top 5 on season 4, the same year as Carrie […]

  • Eric Carmen: Taking a trip down the gold and platinum record lane

    Forty years ago this month, Eric Carmen released a solo album that was an instant smash hit. You might remember ‘All By Myself;’ it went right to the top of the charts. Since this hit-maker lives right here in Northeast Ohio, Bill Martin caught up with him to take a trip down the gold and platinum record lane. Watch Bill’s interview with Eric Carmen in the video above. **Also, don’t miss some great web extras in the additional videos above including […]

  • FOX 8 FOX Trot: Northeast Ohio can make a difference for families dealing with cancer

    Sometimes it’s scary to think just how much life can change in the blink of an eye. One area family found out just how true that is after their son was diagnosed with a very serious form of brain cancer. Thanks to the FOX 8 FOX Trot, Northeast Ohio can make a difference for those battling cancer, and also for their loved ones.  *Watch Bill Martin’s report above for more* This year, all proceeds from the FOX 8 FOX Trot […]

  • Video: Dozens of teens accused of stealing from Akron Circle K

    AKRON, Ohio- Police are trying to identify teen suspects who they believe ransacked and robbed a Circle K store on West Market Street in Akron late Saturday night. Cellphone video taken by the couple that called 911 shows a large group of teens in front of the store. Police said they are waiting for interior surveillance video so they can better determine who took part in the melee. The police report on the incident says a group of about “50-70” […]

  • Who is running? See the top questions people in Cleveland have about presidential candidates

    Cleveland has questions about the 2016 Race for President. We recently told you about what the country wanted to know when it comes to the top contenders for the next President of the United States. Now, Bill Martin takes a look at what those in our city are searching for. Watch the video above for more on that and take a look at the questions below, courtesy of Google Trends. Top Questions on the 2016 Election and Presidential Hopefuls in […]

  • A match made in alphabet heaven as Q and U renew their vows

    BRUNSWICK – Last year, Q and U were married in a kindergarten class at Memorial Elementary School in Brunswick. This year, their vows were renewed to continue their happy marriage. Watch above to see the ceremony.

  • One-of-a-kind check-up for Kitra the orangutan

    CLEVELAND – Fox 8 was granted exclusive access today to a one-of-a-kind medical event: a full physical for Kitra, who happens to be an orangutan at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Kitra was born here 14 years ago, but in a few weeks she will be loaned to a Portland, Oregon zoo where she will hopefully mate and become a first time mother!

  • ‘Wounded Warrior Project’ helps Iraq war hero

    You are going to meet some incredible heroes as we prepare for this year’s FOX 8 FOX Trot. They are veterans working through incredible obstacles with the help of ‘Wounded Warrior Project.’ Sgt. Shane Parsons is one of those veterans. He lost his legs in Iraq after a roadside bomb blew up his Humvee. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury. During the first few months while Shane was at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, hope came after a […]

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