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.
WILLOWICK, Ohio — “CP’s Cooler” ice cream and treats is making sure their employees head back to school with a little extra cash. On Sunday, the owners donated all of their sales for the day to all nine of their college-bound workers. “We’re known for giving back to the community,” said General Manager, Kristina Burns. She said about three years ago, they were brainstorming ideas when someone suggested helping out some of their own. “It blossomed from there,” she recalls. […]
LORAIN, Ohio — The Lorain Fire Department decided to get creative in showing the city why proper staffing is needed. On Saturday, they held two demonstrations where they battled a house fire. In the first scenario, there were 14 firefighters on hand and in the second there were 16. Fire Chief Chris Radman said two people can really make a difference. “(Having few firefighters) doesn’t necessarily take longer to put the fire out,. It’s longer to find the victims,” he […]
CLEVELAND- Space may be the final frontier, but the next frontier in travel may be going between Cleveland and Chicago — in 28 minutes. “Hyperloop is closer than you may think,” says Rob Miller, chief marketing officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, “and we are not talking decades away. We’re talking years.” Leaders in Northeast Ohio are interested enough they have split the cost of a $1.2 million feasibility study with the company to see if the first such link could […]
AKRON, Ohio – Hundreds of motorcyclists turned out on a warm summer Sunday for the 20th Annual Police Memorial Motorcycle Rally which organizers called “The Final Ride.” This will be the last year for this particular event, which served a dual purpose: honoring fallen officers, and raising money for scholarships. Cleveland Sgt. Andy Ezzo, who has been a driving force behind the ride, received a special proclamation marking his dedication of the event. “I never did this for any attention,” […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A man involved in a deadly hit and run near MetroHealth Medical Center back in March was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after an emotional court hearing where both the defendant and the victim’s son spoke. Davonte Long changed his plea to guilty last month on a charge of vehicular homicide. Camillo Gabriel, 68, was in a crosswalk with his wife and pushed her out of the way before he was hit and killed. In […]
AKRON, Ohio — The horns on the trucks starting honking and children began appearing on the streets of Akron’s North Hill neighborhood on Sunday morning. And soon, they were going home with something many of them couldn’t have imagined just an hour earlier: a new bicycle. Welcome to “Christmas in July” as done by the organization known as “Elves and More.” For over a decade, the group has brought magic to children around Christmas time by first assembling, and then […]
CLEVELAND– Fred Griffith, who helped revolutionize morning television as host of the “Morning Exchange,” has died at the age of 90. When Griffith started on the “Morning Exchange” at WEWS-TV in Cleveland, it was suppose to be a temporary gig. Twenty-seven years later, he had helped change how morning TV was done nationwide, including on network television. Griffith’s show did away with the news desk as a barrier between the hosts and their audience. His combination of a folksy charm […]
CLEVELAND – Governor Mike DeWine signed as part of the state budget a provision that will make Ohio the 18th state to put its legal smoking age at 21. Governor DeWine also used his line-item veto power to eliminate a section of the new law that would have “grandfathered” in people who are now between the ages of 18 and 21. The law that come to DeWine would have allowed that group to continue to buy tobacco products legally. But […]
He is one of the most famous people in history, Neil Armstrong — the first man to step foot on the moon. Yet, few people know that his career actually started in Cleveland. Here, FOX 8’s Bill Sheil tells that story and more, in part, with a rarely-heard audio interview that Neil Armstrong did with NASA in 2001. You can watch Bill’s story in the video, above; and also listen to even more of the audio interview. **More stories on […]
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ohio native Neil Armstrong stepping foot on the moon, we are looking back at the extraordinary contributions to that achievement that were made in Ohio. In fact, beyond Neil Armstrong, a lot of people in Cleveland helped put man on the moon – a story that is often overlooked. FOX 8’s Bill Sheil examines how Cleveland helped take us to the moon in the first place, and is now helping to take us […]
CLEVELAND – On a sunny Sunday in downtown Cleveland, hundreds of motorcyclists took to the streets to remember fallen police officers. The 11th Annual Cops Ride paid tribute to four Ohio officers who lost their lives in the last year: Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli of Westerville Officer Matthew Mazany of Mentor Officer Vu Nguyen of Cleveland In a poignant speech, Ohio Representative Tom Patton, who lost a son in the line of duty back in […]
FOX 8 recently won a public records case in an Ohio appeals court seeking to learn how much the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation paid an Academy-Award winning actress to speak at a luncheon. What may surprise you is that Tri-C paid more for the legal fight then they did to have Octavia Spencer speak. FOX 8’s Bill Sheil has part two of his investigation in the video, above. Below, you will find the checks from Tri-C to the law firm; […]