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.
(WJW) — A Westlake couple has filed a suit against Kiddie Kollege in Bay Village, alleging their 2 1/2 year-old son was “brutalized” while at the day care center. Will Kesling says he picked up their son one day in January of this year and saw bruising on several parts of his body, most noticeably near his neck. “So I go up front expecting to get an incident report, and there’s another teacher up front who looks at me and […]
CLEVELAND (WJW)- The FOX 8 I-Team is uncovering more about a Cleveland Catholic Diocese priest arrested in Strongsville Thursday by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A criminal complaint filed shows Father Robert McWilliams is facing charges tied to child pornography dating back to 2016. The complaint shows Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material or Performance “on or about 8/17/2016”, “on or about 10/24/2018”, and “on or about 2/24/19”. The complaint also notes Pandering Sexually-Oriented Matter Involving […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJW) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed the so-called PACT Act — which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture — that makes animal cruelty a federal crime. The law follows in the footsteps of many state laws including Goddard’s Law here in Ohio, named after our own Dick Goddard. That law strengthened penalties for animal cruelty in the state. The National Sheriffs’ Association says these types of laws are important to protect animals as well as […]
CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Sam Sheppard case led to three different verdicts over 46 years: guilty in 1954, then not guilty in 1966, followed by not innocent at a civil trial in the year 2000 – three decades after Sam Sheppard’s death. Even after his acquittal, Sam Sheppard would not live a long life – at one point, near the end, becoming a professional wrestler. Here’s FOX 8’s Bill Sheil with the final installment of his series: “Sam Sheppard: Case Closed.”
CLEVELAND (WJW)– Has science caught up with the Sam Sheppard case? Convicted of killing his wife Marilyn at a first trial, then later exonerated at a second trial, Sam Sheppard lived the rest of his life with a shadow of doubt hanging over him – many people always believing he was his wife’s killer. But decades after both Sam and Marilyn died, their bodies were exhumed in the hopes that a new science might help prove – once and for […]
CLEVELAND (WJW)– By the time of Sam Sheppard’s second trial in 1966, a lot had changed since his conviction in 1954. He had a new lawyer, and key provisions of the law itself had changed. In addition, Sheppard’s defense team relied in part on groundbreaking scientific analysis conducted by Dr. Paul Kirk. But it was one of the most famous cross-examinations in history that may have helped sway the jury. Here’s FOX 8’s Bill Sheil with the next chapter of […]
CLEVELAND (WJW)– For a case that has received so much exposure, there are parts of the Sam Sheppard saga that remain, to this day, misunderstood. This week, on “Sam Sheppard: Case Closed,” FOX 8’s Bill Sheil will take us inside the case from the perspectives of the people who were there. On Monday, Bill looks at the first trial, and the subsequent appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, through the lens of the man who is, in essence, the last […]
CLEVELAND (WJW) – It is a case unlike any other in Cleveland, or American, history. The Sam Sheppard case produced three trials over 46 years – with three different and shocking verdicts. The basic facts: A young doctor accused of murdering his wife, claiming he fought with the real killer who got away – turned the case into a media sensation that also captured the imagination of popular culture. Watch a preview of what’s ahead on Bill Sheil’s series, as […]
BAY VILLAGE – She was a feisty little girl who loved horses. Her father and brother are not sure who she would have become – but they are sure they would have loved the person she never got to be. Thirty years after her abduction and murder, Amy Mihaljevic’s case remains open and active, and her family remains determined to see her killer brought to justice. “I will live to see an answer,” says her father, Mark, who is now […]
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 […]