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.
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The battle lines appear drawn as Ohio once again considers whether to remove the requirement that vehicles in the state have front license plates. Nineteen states, including all five that border Ohio, do not require a front plate. The Ohio House of Representatives voted to remove the front plate requirement as part of a larger transportation bill that now goes to the state Senate. The provision has bi-partisan support. Backers said it would make buying and selling cars […]
CLEVELAND – On a clear St. Patrick’s Day the annual service to remember fallen firefighters had an extra special purpose Sunday. It also served as a re-dedication of the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial next to First Energy Stadium. The restoration process on the memorial took about six months. “Through generous donations of the firefighters and the late Sam Miller, we collected over $50,000 to do repairs and restore the memorial,” said Thomas McGinty, the president of the Cleveland Firefighters Shamrock Club. […]
AKRON, Ohio — An abandoned property has been cleaned up thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers. Tammy Cummings, who is running for Akron City Council, helped organize the event, which was was held on Saturday. The yard is located on Moore Street and was full of garbage, discarded tires and broken furniture. “An elderly lady brought it to my attention. I was so floored by what I saw and I knew we couldn’t just leave it like that,” said […]
CLEVELAND — The City of Cleveland has finally released its proposal that tried to get online giant Amazon to put its second headquarters here. The documents show the city was basically ready to reshape itself and to offer huge incentives to get Amazon to come to town. A small portion of the bid, focusing on the transportation infrastructure in Cleveland, had already become public after a court fight. It took another court battle to get the rest of the bid […]
AVON, Ohio — We know that experiences shape and change our children, but rarely is that captured in a way like this. This is a different kind of love story: it’s about second-graders and a lesson that may last a lifetime. Noah Dudas is a second-grader at Avon East Elementary, who has autism. His parents, Lauren and Dan, had sent him to a specialized school, trying to do what’s best for their son but the environment didn’t suit him. Noah […]
MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — It’s an annual tradition in Middleburg Heights that involves kids going up and down on a teeter totter for a good cause. The 43rd Annual Teeter Totter Marathon fundraiser was held Saturday at the Middleburg Heights Community United Church of Christ. The church hosts the annual fundraiser regardless of weather conditions. It has now been going on so long that the church is actually known for it in the community. Organizers said they believe a few […]
BRUNSWICK – Betty and Chuck Mercurio worked hard to build the family they love. Two years ago, life was going pretty much according to plan. They had two active sons, Vinny and Tony, and a home and friends here in Brunswick that they loved to enjoy. Then, one Sunday in November of 2017, everything changed. “We often times wish we had a life like it was,” Betty says, “(because) one moment can change everything. And you have no control […]
BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — Twenty-nine years to the day after Amy Mihaljevic’s body was found, authorities are hoping new advancements in DNA technology may soon bring them closer to identifying her killer. Bay Village police are confirming that DNA from more then one source was found on Amy when the little girl’s body was recovered from a remote field in Ashland County on February 8, 1990. “We have DNA that cannot be attributed to Amy or her family,” says Bay […]
CLEVELAND — When we spend some time, or some money, to help students and teachers in need, the payoff can be hard to measure, but it’s easy to see. That’s why FOX 8 has partnered with Liberty Ford to help Fuel Your School. Nationwide, statistics show that 94% of teachers report using their own money to buy students supplies. On average, teachers spend $479 a year on those supplies. That’s why employees at Liberty Ford are looking over applications to determine […]
CLEVELAND — There was a lot of climbing at Key Tower in Cleveland Sunday, but it was all for a good cause. It was the annual Fight for Air climb. Climbers went up 58 floors or rather 1,349 stairs to raise money for the American Lung Association of Ohio. Taking part in the American Lung Association Fight For Air climb, brave souls, including Cleveland Firefighters Local 93, walk up the stairs of the tower. Events like this take place across the nation, […]
CLEVELAND — Clevelanders had the opportunity to receive free tax help on “Super Refund Saturday.” CHN Housing Partners, Enterprise Community Partners and KeyBank partnered to host the annual event at St. Ignatius High School Saturday. Dozens of volunteers were on hand to provide free tax help to residents who, hopefully, would come away knowing they’re getting potentially a big refund. While tax refunds obviously vary by circumstances, experts say people often leave a lot of money on the table by not […]
CLEVELAND– If the government shutdown continues, here’s a twist: You would still owe your taxes on time. But if you’re due a refund, well, you may have to wait a long time to get it. Almost 90 percent of the people who work for the Internal Revenue Service are not at their jobs because of the shutdown. The longer that continues, the greater the chance that tax returns – and refunds – will be impacted. “There’s going to be a […]