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 Tim Swarens, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Elise Shrock and Adam Wren 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 9:30 on FOX59. You can also catch a podcast of our entire program (including exclusive bonus content) on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Stitcher.​

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – In a tight race for Senate, how influential a role will Vice President Pence play in this November’s election? And what’s our panel saying about the latest poll showing Mike Braun with a one-point lead over Sen. Joe Donnelly? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tim Swarens, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Elise Shrock and Adam Wren discuss this week’s top stories, including the race for Senate, the special session at the Statehouse, and the call for a needle exchange […]

  • IN Focus: Donnelly on CIA vote, Senate opponent, Mueller probe

    INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus, to discuss his vote to confirm incoming CIA director Gina Haspel and other key issues in the news. In a statement last week, Donnelly announced he would be supporting her confirmation, becoming one of just a handful of Democrats to support the President’s controversial pick. “I had a tough, frank, and extensive discussion with Ms. Haspel on a wide range of topics, including her vision for […]

  • IN Focus: VP discusses school shooting, tax reform, Senate race during Indy visit

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Vice President Mike Pence returned to his home state Friday to tout GOP tax reform and hold a fundraiser for Senate candidate Mike Braun. The vice president and his wife also visited with members of the Indiana National Guard 38th Infantry Division at Stout Field. The vice president spoke about tax reform at event hosted by America First Policies, discussing the recently passed tax cuts and what they mean for Hoosiers. Pence was also critical of Braun’s […]

  • IN Focus: 15 news-making moments in Indiana politics since 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS – Since the launch of our Sunday political news and issues program IN Focus three years ago, there has been no shortage of news in Indiana politics, with more national attention on the Hoosier State and its political than ever before. And as we celebrate our third anniversary on the air, we’ve compiled a list of 15 news-making moments from our program since its debut in 2015: After the RFRA controversy, then Gov. Mike Pence told us:  “I would have done […]

  • 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, Christina Hale and Laura Wilson 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 9:30 on FOX59. You can also catch a podcast of our entire program (including exclusive bonus content) on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Stitcher.​ And as we celebrate our 3rd anniversary on the air, check out […]

  • IN Focus: Carson ‘disappointed’ by merit board decision

    INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Joe Hogsett (D-Indianapolis) is calling for the city’s Merit Board system to be changed after the two officers who fatally shot Aaron Bailey were cleared of any wrongdoing and will be able to keep their jobs. Prior to the Merit Board’s decision, IMPD Chief Bryan Roach had recommended that Officers Carlton Howard and Michel Dinnsen be terminated because they did not follow their training. In a statement released shortly after Civilian Police Merit Board announced its decision, […]

  • IN Focus: Panelists recap May primary, discuss this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – What’s next for Republicans in Indiana after the divisive May primary? And how will Sen. Joe Donnelly fare against his new opponent Mike Braun? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Christina Hale, Tony Samuel and Laura Wilson discuss this week’s top stories and recap the results of Tuesday’s primary. The panel also previews next week’s special legislative session, with state lawmakers poised to tackle the issue of school safety and other bills that didn’t get completed during […]

  • IN Focus: GOP works to unite party after divisive primary

    INDIANAPOLIS – Businessman and former state lawmaker Mike Braun said he received a flurry of phone calls after winning Tuesday’s primary, including from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Associated Press called the race for Braun Tuesday evening, beating two well-established Republican congressmen, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Braun, who will face Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in November, said Tuesday night’s call was his first […]

  • 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, Christina Hale, Mike Murphy and Tim Swarens 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 9:30 on FOX59. And we’ll have live election night coverage on air and online, starting at 7pm Tuesday night. You can also catch a podcast of our entire program (including exclusive bonus content) on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Stitcher.​