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
  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]