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.


Recent Articles
  • Kids in Flight: giving children with disability, illness the chance to be a kid

    CLEVELAND – If you looked up in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, and saw a number of small planes flying high overhead, you might have been watching more the just a flight. You may have been watching a child’s dream come true. For the 15th consecutive year, “Kids in Flight” gave children with disabilities, or those facing serious illnesses, a chance to see what it’s like to fly just for the fun of it. “This is a chance,” says Dr. Tony […]

  • Bay Village police will look to see if mystery man might have any connection to Amy Mihaljevic case

      BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — Bay Village police will look to see if a mystery man identified only this week might have any connection to the disappearance and murder of ten-year-old Amy Mihaljevic. But Chief Mark Spaetzel stresses that police are doing this only in the ordinary course of their work and that, right now, they have no information that ties that man to Amy’s case. On Thursday, authorities identified a mystery man as Robert Ivan Nichols, a WWII vet who earned […]

  • Discovery Tours answers questions from court, FOX 8, as FBI investigates

    CLEVELAND — The vice president of Discovery Tours described a family business that had been on life-support for some time before filing for bankruptcy last month, leaving thousands of students stranded when prepaid school trips were suddenly cancelled. Shortly before a bankruptcy hearing began, the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office announced that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will also be investigating what happened with Discovery Tours. But, in court and out, Discovery Tours described a situation that appeared more […]

  • Distracted to Death

    This 30-minute news special examines in-depth one of the most under-reported stories of this decade: after a generation of steady decline, more teenagers are now dying in motor vehicle accidents every year then died the previous year. This deadly trend started in 2013, and has continued ever since. Few people have taken notice, except for the families who have lost children. “Distracted to Death” investigates the causes of this deadly phenomenon, and searches for answers that, hopefully, will help save […]

  • Memorial Day 2018: services held throughout northeast Ohio

    CLEVELAND – As “Taps” played at historic Lake View Cemetery, people stop to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day – to honor the fallen. “Our patriotic celebration (remembers) those that have fought in foreign wars, and are still fighting today,” says Kathy Goss, President & CEO of Lake View Cemetery. The Memorial Day tradition dates back more than a century in many northeast Ohio communities. At Lake View, this is the 128th consecutive year for this service. In Parma […]

  • Former Golden Flash Michael Keaton delivers poignant commencement address at Kent State

    KENT – Long before he was Batman, Michael Keaton was a Golden Flash. The star actor, an Academy Award nominee, delivered the commencement address at Kent State on Saturday, a university where he studied journalism in the early 1970s. Keaton recalled fondly his days at Kent State, and said the school had a great journalism program. In an earlier Q & A with a smaller group of students, Keaton said journalism is “more important than ever.” He made a veiled […]

  • May Primary: A look at races, candidates before you head to the polls

    The Primary Election will be held Tuesday, May 8.  Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are a number of races and issues facing Ohio voters. Ohio Governor Race: Among the decisions voters will make will be who will face off against each other for governor in November’s general election. Democratic Candidates: Richard Cordray Dennis Kucinich Larry Ealy Bill O’Neill Paul Ray Joseph Schiavoni Republican Candidates: Mike DeWine Mary Taylor U.S. Senate Race: One of the most closely-watched primaries […]

  • May primary decision: Who will face off against each other for Ohio governor?

    Next Tuesday, Ohio voters will go to the polls in the May primary. Among the decisions voters will make will be who will face off against each other for governor in November’s general election. FOX 8’s Bill Sheil has a preview of Tuesday’s gubernatorial primaries. Watch his video, above, for more. More stories on the Ohio governor’s race.

  • FBI praises courage and strength of women five years after rescue

    CLEVELAND– Just before 6 p.m. on that Monday five years ago, Cleveland police officers were dispatched to Seymour Avenue, a block from Interstate 90 and West 25th Street, after a frantic 911 caller identified herself by name.  It’s a name out of Cleveland’s past. “I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been on the news for the last 10 years.” Amanda was outside the home, holding her 6-year-old daughter. Police raced inside to rescue Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, now named Lily Rose […]

  • Teen driving: The truth about consequences

    HIRAM – It is not often that you can get over 1,700 high school students to sit in shocked silence. But as inmate Jen Jilek shuffled into the room at Hiram College, the only sound you could hear were the shackles on her legs scraping against the floor. *****Watch our Distracted to Death special here***** “My name is Jen”, she began quietly, “(but) for the last seven years, I’ve been known as inmate number 81632. I’m serving ten years for […]

  • Cleveland missing women 5 years later: Remarkable transition after their daring escape from captivity

    CLEVELAND – The month of May marks five years since the dramatic rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight (who changed her name to Lillian Rose Lee) from a home on Seymour Avenue. After close to a decade or more in horrific captivity, all three women have shown remarkable resolve in the last five years. They have written books, and moved on with their individual lives, each in their own way. FOX 8’s Bill Sheil takes a look back to […]

  • ‘Distracted to Death’: Why are deadly teen-driving crashes on the rise?

    CLEVELAND — For a generation, since the mid-1970s, teen-driving deaths across the country have, basically, steadily declined. That’s thanks, in large part, to safer cars, and stricter teen-driving laws. But in the last four years, for which statistics are available, that trend has suddenly reversed itself. More teens are now dying on the roads each year, with the number approaching 3,000. FOX 8’s Bill Sheil hosted a special report, “Distracted to Death,” where we went searching for answers as to […]