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
  • Sen. Young: ‘We need to make sure mentally ill people don’t have access to firearms’

    INDIANAPOLIS- Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus, discussing the tragic shooting in Florida and some of his policy proposals dealing more broadly with the issues of safety and mental health. On the issue of gun control, Young was more inclined to focus on the issue of mental health, and said more time was needed to remember the victims and gather more information about what happened and why. “It’s really important that we don’t forget to […]

  • IN Focus: This week’s winners and losers

    INDIANAPOLIS – On this week’s edition of IN Focus, panelists Jennifer Wagner, Mike Murphy, Tony Samuel and Jamar Cobb-Dennard pick this week’s winners and losers. In the video above, our panel shares some final thoughts on this week’s news, including the tragic shooting in Florida. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday morning at 8:30 on CBS4 and again at 9:30am on FOX59.

  • Donnelly: “No doubt” Russians are trying to meddle with 2018 midterms

    INDIANAPOLIS – Even before Friday’s news that thirteen Russian nationals had been indicted for meddling in the 2016 elections, the issue had been front and center last week on Capitol Hill. Director of National Intelligence and former Indiana senator Dan Coats testified about the ongoing Russian efforts, which we discussed on Wednesday with Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN). “There’s no doubt that the Russians are involved in trying to meddle in the 2018 elections,” said Donnelly. “They were deeply involved in […]

  • IN Focus: Former first lady visits Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS – Michelle Obama was in Indianapolis Tuesday night. The former first lady spoke at an event hosted by the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Officials with the group said Obama’s initiatives as first lady matched their interests. “Michelle Obama and Women’s Fund share common interests,” said Jennifer Pope Baker, the organization’s executive director. “We are both invested in improving the lives of women and girls.” Tickets to “A Moderated Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – What are Hoosiers saying about the gun control debate in the wake of Wednesday’s tragic shooting in Florida? And how will news of Russian meddling impact this year’s midterms in Indiana and beyond? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Jennifer Wagner, Mike Murphy, Tony Samuel and Jamar Cobb-Dennard discuss this week’s top local and national stories, with additional bonus content available on our podcast. In the video below, we sit down with Hoosiers on both sides of the […]

  • 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 Laura Wilson, Mike Murphy & Jennifer Wagner pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday morning at 8:30 on CBS4 and again at 9:30am on FOX59.

  • IN Focus: Watson gearing up for primary in bid to unseat Hollingsworth

    INDIANAPOLIS – Congressional candidate Liz Watson is one of two Democrats making waves in Indiana’s 9th district, raising money and hitting the trail in hopes of unseating freshman Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN). Watson appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus to discuss her candidacy, and her hopes for this year’s campaign. In the video above, she also responds to questions about her recent move to Indiana, and  her background in DC working with progressives like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – How will local Democrats move forward after kicking council president Stephen Clay out of their caucus in the midst of a lawsuit over Clay’s firing of two council staffers? And what’s our panel saying about the latest political ads to hit the airwaves in Indiana? What about the latest controversies at the White House? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Jennifer Wagner, Mike Murphy and Laura Wilson discuss this week’s top stories, including the chaos on City-County Council, the […]

  • IN Focus: Braun takes on GOP rivals ahead of bitter Senate primary

    INDIANAPOLIS – And then there were three. In what’s expected to be a bitter fight for the GOP nomination, three candidates have collected enough signatures to officially be on the ballot for the Republican primary in May. Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Luke Messer, and former State Rep. Mike Braun are squaring off in what’s been called “the GOP’s nastiest primary” for the 2018 midterms. And that tension was on full display last week at the Statehouse. When Messer and Braun […]

  • IN Focus: Trump, candidates for Senate react to Colts player’s death

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Shortly after the arrest of the man accused of hitting and killing Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe, Indiana State Police released more information on the suspect, an undocumented immigrant who has been deported twice. Some lawmakers took to social media afterwards to make the case for stricter immigration laws, including Rep. Todd Rokita, who is also a candidate for U.S. Senate. “You know, the loss of life at the hands of illegal […]