Dan Spehler serves as evening news anchor for FOX59 News Live at Five, 6:00, 7:00 and FOX59 News at Ten, while also reporting on state & government issues across Indiana.

Dan also hosts IN Focus, an Emmy-award winning political news/issues program which airs every Sunday morning at 9:30 on FOX59, and on CBS4 at 8:30am (7:30am during football season).

A native Midwesterner, Dan has enjoyed working close to home through the years, covering news in Indiana & Ohio throughout his 15-year career in television. Spehler comes to Fox 59 from WKRC in Cincinnati, where he served as a reporter/anchor. During that time, he came back to Indiana regularly to cover several major news stories, including the State Fair stage collapse and Super Bowl XLVI. Previously, he spent several years here in Indianapolis, covering everything from floods to tornadoes to the Colts’ Super Bowl victory in 2007!

In 2012, Spehler & the Fox 59 crew won an Emmy for their coverage of the South Side explosion, and Dan was also honored with an Emmy for his “Hoosier Heroes” series which launched in 2013, highlighting the achievements and struggles of our brave men and women in uniform. Spehler was again awarded an Emmy for his 2014 report on school bus safety. Dan was also awarded an Emmy for his political reporting during the 2016 election, when he conducted the very first interview with then-Gov. Pence after Pence was chosen as the Republican candidate for Vice President. Dan’s work in Indy has also been honored by the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Indiana Associated Press.

Originally from Ohio, Dan is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, and has also worked at television stations in Toledo and Dayton, before first moving to Indianapolis in 2005. Proud parents of two amazing little kids, Dan and his wife Kristi are proud to call Central Indiana home – they met here in Indy, and got married here in 2010.


Recent Articles
  • IN Focus: This week’s winners and losers

    INDIANAPOLIS – Who had the best (and worst) week in politics? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tony Samuel and Christina Hale pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- during football season our program airs every Sunday at 7:30am on CBS4 and again at 9:30am on FOX59.  

  • IN Focus: Panelists discuss this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – How are Republicans reacting to the President’s latest discussion with the Democrats? And will President Trump’s base stick with him if Trump strikes a deal on DACA? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Christina Hale, Tony Samuel and Matt Smith discuss this week’s top stories, including the ongoing divide within both major parties over issues like health care and immigration. The panel also talks about the latest Indiana politician to embrace the national stage, stoking speculation about a possible […]

  • IN Focus: Rokita, Brooks take different approach on DACA

    INDIANAPOLIS – What approach does the President want to take on DACA, and how will it effect an already contentious political climate for congressional Republicans? It’s a vexing question for many in the GOP, after President Trump met again with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer this past week, leading to confusion over whether a deal was imminent allowing “dreamers” to stay if more border security enhancements were put in place. This week, we spoke […]

  • IN Focus: This week’s winners and losers

    INDIANAPOLIS – Who had the best (and worst) week in politics? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Jennifer Wagner, Mike Murphy, Christina Hale and Laura Wilson pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next Sunday- our program airs at 7:30am on CBS4 and again at 9:30am on FOX59.

  • IN Focus: Former presidents team up to raise money for storm victims

    All five living former Presidents are teaming up to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all appeared in a public service announcement airing during NFL games all weekend long. The first spot focuses on aid for Harvey victims, while a second ad on Sunday will also ask for help for those affected by Hurricane Irma. For more information on how you can […]

  • IN Focus: Panelists discuss this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – What are the political ramifications of the President’s deal with the Democrats to tie hurricane relief funding to a three-month budget and debt ceiling extension? And how are Indiana’s representatives to Congress reacting to the President’s controversial decision to overturn DACA? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Jennifer Wagner, Mike Murphy, Christina Hale and Laura Wilson discuss this week’s top stories, including the hurricane relief bill and the swearing-in for surgeon general Jerome Adams, the latest Hoosier to […]

  • IN Focus: Full interviews w/Sen. Donnelly, Rep. Banks

    INDIANAPOLIS – In an interview for this week’s edition of IN Focus, we spoke with Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) about his vote against the package combining hurricane relief with a three-month budget and debt ceiling extension, a measure that passed Friday despite ‘no’ votes from five of Indiana’s seven GOP representatives. The deal was crafted by President Donald Trump and leading congressional Democrats in an Oval Office meeting earlier this week. “All of us from Indiana voted for the (relief money) […]

  • Indiana GOP lawmakers vote against hurricane relief, debt ceiling package

    WASHINGTON – Five of Indiana’s seven Republican representatives voted against the package combining hurricane relief with a three-month budget and debt ceiling extension. The deal was crafted by President Donald Trump and leading congressional Democrats in an Oval Office meeting earlier this week, but it’s still causing division and frustration for many Republicans on Capitol Hill. The five Indiana representatives voting against the measure were: Rep. Jim Banks (R-3rd district) Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-9th district) Rep. Luke Messer (R-6th district) […]

  • IN Focus: This week’s winners and losers

    INDIANAPOLIS – Who had the best (and worst) week in politics? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tim Swarens, Mike Murphy, Jennifer Wagner and Christina Hale pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- starting this month our program moves to 7:30am on CBS4 & airs again in its regular time slot at 9:30am on FOX59.

  • IN Focus: Panelists discuss this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – How will Congress tackle the issue of hurricane relief funding? And how are Indiana lawmakers preparing for Congress’ return to DC next week? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tim Swarens, Mike Murphy, Jennifer Wagner and Christina Hale discuss this week’s top stories, including the President and Vice President’s response to Hurricane Harvey and the latest news on the 2018 race for Senate.