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.
BEACHWOOD, Ohio– Hough Bakeries, an institution in Cleveland for most of the 20th century, planned to hold a soft re-opening at a new store location on Friday. Within 90 minutes, every cake, pastry, and cookie in the store had been sold. The display cases were empty. “I thought it would be a soft opening,” said owner Archie Garner, “but it wasn’t.” People flooded the store on news that Hough was re-opening. “It’s nostalgia,” said Dru Thompson, who came to the […]
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — For the second time in less than a year, a TV studio has been dedicated at a local school in honor of former FOX 8 reporter Kathleen Cochrane. Kathleen, an Emmy award winning journalist and beloved colleague, passed away unexpectedly from a flu virus in late 2017. Her husband, Dean DePiero, along with his and Kathleen’s children, Blake, 9, and Hadley, 6, took part in Friday’s dedication. “Nothing, of course, will bring her back,” Dean told […]
NORTH CANTON, Ohio — 580 Ohio National Guard members, who are part of an armored brigade combat team, will soon be headed to the Middle East to serve as part of “Operation Spartan Shield.” On Sunday, in front of their families, friends and many of the state’s leading political figures, the soldiers marched in to applause at the Canton Memorial Civic Center to begin their “Call to Duty” send-off ceremony. The group will be based out of Kuwait, but may […]
CLEVELAND – It’s called “The Buddy Walk,” which may give you the idea that it’s a nice, little event. Oh, it’s an event – but it’s anything but little. About 5,000 people took part in this year’s walk to raise money for the “Upside of Downs” – the Cleveland organization that helps individuals and families dealing with Down syndrome. “It’s my favorite day of the year,” says Toni Mullee, the executive director of the organization. This year’s event was hosted […]
CLEVELAND – A Cleveland police officer, indicted this week for allegedly exposing himself and urinating on a 12-year-old girl at a bus stop, had been suspended three times in just five years on the job. The officer is now suspended indefinitely (placed on administrative leave) as he faces charges that include attempted kidnapping and pandering. The personnel file for 34-year-old Solomon Nhiwatiwa reveals several disciplinary incidents including one where the report describes conduct that was both insubordinate towards a superior […]
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 […]