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
  • ‘Walk for Freedom’ draws large crowd in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND – Many people came to listen and they came to learn, as Cleveland joined more then 400 cities worldwide to host a “Walk for Freedom” in an effort to combat human trafficking. Organizers said that Gina DeJesus, one of three Cleveland women held in captivity for about a decade, was scheduled to be at the walk. Amanda Berry, one of the other women held with Gina, was seen taking part in the walk. The walk goes for a mile, […]

  • Hugs and thank you’s for the ‘Angel of Tremont’ as she retires

    CLEVELAND – Sister Corita Ambro received hugs and well-wishes as she retired on Sunday, after spending 48 years feeding millions of meals to the homeless in Tremont at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. The meals program she started will continue, but Sister Corita says some of the homeless have expressed concern that she won’t be there every day. “I keep telling them, ‘I’ll be around if you need me,'” she said. Now at 83-years-old, Sister Corita said the physical toll of […]

  • The ‘Angel of Tremont’ retires

    CLEVELAND – Sister Corita Ambro, whose food program in Tremont has served millions of meals to the homeless, will retire this Sunday after 48 years at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. “It was God’s plan, and I loved every single minute of it,” she says. Sister Corita, who looks to be about 60 years old, but is actually 83, didn’t start out wanting to be a nun. “I use to cry myself to sleep because I thought I didn’t want to […]

  • Assist the Red Cross in hurricane efforts with money, blood donations

    CLEVELAND — Red Cross volunteers from northeast Ohio have been dispatched to the Carolinas to help with disaster relief efforts, once the storm passes. And, the Red Cross says it’s important to remember what type of help the organization needs and what type it doesn’t. Blood donations are a top priority – especially because donation centers across the eastern seaboard are already closed because of Hurricane Florence. In addition, the Red Cross says it can always use financial donations to help […]

  • I-TEAM: RTA withholds pay from two board members, seeks opinion on law

    CLEVELAND – The RTA has stopped paying two of its board members, and says it began investigating the payments before the I-Team started to raise questions about whether they are legal. The RTA Board is comprised of a mix of elected local officials, high-ranking public employees, and private civic leaders. Regarding public employees who are not elected, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in an interview with the I-Team that, in general, they can’t be paid to serve on a […]

  • Calabrese payout at RTA tops $270,000

    CLEVELAND – On the same day that RTA’s Board said it would draft tax hike proposals to put before voters in the fall, it also signed a deal with its outgoing CEO that calls for paying him more than a quarter of a million dollars as he leaves. Board Chairman Dennis Clough, who is also the Mayor of Westlake, says the agreement benefits RTA because CEO Joe Calabrese will receive less as he departs under the new deal then he […]

  • Police Memorial Motorcycle Rally: A convoy meant to convey its respect

    AKRON – Hundreds of motorcyclists rode into town today, pausing to pay respects to fallen police officers from all over the area. “Our main goal,” says Sgt. Andy Ezzo with the Cleveland Division of Police, “was never to let people forget our fallen.” This is the 19th annual Police Memorial Motorcycle Rally, and it drew an estimated 500 riders. “It’s just overwhelming that so many people are interested and willing to commit their time and energies remembering officers that have […]

  • Parents put up special street sign for 3-year-old son with autism

    SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio- Alex Cammon got a present from his parents on this, his third birthday, that he may never remember – but they will never forget. On this Friday, South Euclid put up a street sign on the family’s tree lawn that warns drivers that a child with autism is playing nearby. “This is really his gift,” says Latisha Cammon, Alex’s mom. “His safety is number one to us, so this sign is worth it.” Latisha and her husband, […]

  • I-Team exclusive: More questionable expenditures at RTA

    CLEVELAND – Abuse of RTA’s para-transit  system by some employees was more widespread then previously  reported – a fact that surprised a senior RTA executive when the I-Team asked about it. In 2016, FOX 8 reported  that three RTA employees were charged for giving  unauthorized rides on the para-transit system – a system  whose primary purpose is to allow people with disabilities to access public transit more easily. Since that initial report, the FOX 8 I-Team has obtained internal, confidential […]

  • A celebration of life: ‘Big Mike’ motorcycle rally held in honor of organ donor

    NORTH CANTON, Ohio – It was an extraordinary celebration of life in North Canton on Sunday. The Big Mike Memorial Motorcycle Run was held in honor of Michael Kerr, who died 10 years ago in a motorcycle accident. Michael was an organ donor, and three of the people who received his organs were on hand to take part in the ride. Tom Beadle got a new kidney from Michael. He says he’s doing pretty good these days. In addition to […]

  • Saniyah Nicholson laid to rest in emotional service

    CLEVELAND – 9 year-old Saniyah Nicholson was laid to rest on Saturday in a ceremony that was solemn at times, spiritual at others, and paid tribute to a little girl who deserved so much more out of life. Saniyah was shot and killed just over a week ago while sitting in the back of her Mom’s car. She was caught in the crossfire as two groups of younger people fired shots towards each other. Six people are now in custody […]

  • 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 […]