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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: Senate candidates on Roy Moore, tax reform, residency controversy

    INDIANAPOLIS – Three of the leading candidates in Indiana’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate are weighing in on the controversy over Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, who continues to face multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. In a series of interviews this past week, Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Todd Rokita, and former State Rep. Mike Braun all said they’d like to see Moore step aside from the race, though they were criticized by Democrats for taking several days, in some cases, […]

  • 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 Laura Wilson pick this week’s winners and losers, and share their thoughts on a disturbing week of headlines involving politicians and sexual misconduct. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday morning at 7:30am on CBS4 and again at 9:30am on FOX59.

  • IN Focus: Lugar credits Indy mayors’ bipartisan legacies

    INDIANAPOLIS – He served as mayor of Indianapolis, and later served Indiana in the U.S. Senate. And soon, Richard Lugar’s name will be affixed to one of the city’s newest destinations. This past week, Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett was joined by all the living former mayors of Indianapolis, to honor Lugar and announce that the new City-County building plaza will be named the ‘Richard G. Lugar Plaza.’ Afterwards, Lugar spoke about the legacy of Indy’s former mayors. “Each one of […]

  • IN Focus: Public policy chair hopeful for Sunday alcohol sales

    INDIANAPOLIS – A panel studying Indiana’s alcohol laws voted Tuesday to recommend allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays. The measure would allow stores that currently sell alcohol to sell between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays. The recommendation will be part of a larger report given to state lawmakers that still needs final approval. The measure comes days after a public agreement between two powerful lobbying groups – the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council – essentially a […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – How are Indiana’s elected officials reacting to the scandals involving Sen. Al Franken and Senate candidate Roy Moore? And beyond politics, what’s the larger impact of these sexual misconduct allegations? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Laura Wilson, Mike Murphy, Christina Hale and Tony Samuel discuss this week’s top stories, including the sexual misconduct scandals, and the debate over tax reform.  

  • 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 Jennifer Wagner pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday morning at 7:30am on CBS4 and again at 9:30am on FOX59.    

  • IN Focus: Deal reached on Sunday sales, but what about cold beer?

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers (IABR) and Indiana Retail Council (IRC) announced an agreement Friday that could potentially lead to carry-out alcohol sales on Sunday in the state. The series of policy initiatives would improve the state’s alcohol laws while also strengthening them, according to the organizations. Both groups expressed support for Sunday alcohol sales without any changes to how alcohol products are displayed or organized. Expanding cold beer sales is not included in the support, however. They […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – The scandal surrounding Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore could have ripple effects in Indiana and across the country. So what are pundits and elected officials here in Indiana saying about the controversy? Already, many in Congress are suggesting Moore may have to step down from the race after allegations surfaced that he had an inappropriate sexual encounter with a 14-year old girl when Moore was in his 30’s. “These allegations are extremely disturbing and if it’s true, he […]

  • IN Focus: Rokita, Messer, Donnelly discuss key issues in DC, race for Senate

    INDIANAPOLIS – With the 2018 midterms exactly one year away, three of the leading candidates in the race for Senate appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus to talk about several key issues in the news. In the video above, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and two of his Republican challengers, Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) discuss the tax reform debate, health care, and the recent indictments from the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s […]

  • IN Focus: VP talks tax reform, issues statement on Roy Moore

    INDIANAPOLIS – During a visit Thursday to his home state, Vice President Mike Pence again made the case for tax reform in a round-table discussion on the GOP’s plan to overhaul the tax code. “We’re going continue to work on advancing the kind of tax relief that will create sustained growth in this economy,” said Pence during a speech at TKO Graphix in Plainfield. Facing a friendly crowd, Pence said he was there to listen, but his role as President […]