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, Christina Hale, Mike Murphy and Jamar Cobb-Dennard pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday morning at 7:30 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: Downtown plaza named for former mayor, senator

    INDIANAPOLIS – He served as mayor of Indianapolis, and later served Indiana in the U.S. Senate. And now, Richard Lugar’s name has been permanently affixed to one of the city’s newest destinations. This past week, Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett presided over the official dedication of the new City-County building plaza, now named the ‘Richard G. Lugar Plaza.’ “I love this great city,” said Lugar. “I love the people who are part of the history and present of this great city.” […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – What are Indiana political insiders saying about the IndyStar’s bombshell report involving House Speaker Brian Bosma? In the video above, we discuss the claims of intimidation involving an alleged sexual encounter from the 1990’s, and the potential impact at the Statehouse, discussing the accusations with IndyStar investigative reporter Tony Cook and with our IN Focus panelists. Our panelists also discuss the latest news on the race for Senate, including VP Mike Pence and former VP Joe Biden’s visit to Indiana, […]

  • IN Focus: Gov. Holcomb won’t say much about Bosma allegations

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Governor Eric Holcomb (R-IN) is speaking out on allegations against House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), published in an Indianapolis Star article Wednesday. The article claims Bosma spent more than $40,000 in campaign funds on attorneys to dig up information to discredit a former intern. That intern claims she had a sexual encounter with Bosma two decades ago, an allegation he denies. Thursday morning, Holcomb said it wasn’t his place to comment on the story or the allegations without […]

  • 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 Christina Hale, Mike Murphy, Jennifer Wagner and Tim Swarens pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday morning at 7:30 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 SCOTUS vote, this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – How will this weekend’s Supreme Court vote impact the midterm elections in November? And what will Sen. Joe Donnelly’s vote against Brett Kavanaugh mean for his re-election chances here in Indiana? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tim Swarens, Christina Hale, Mike Murphy and Jennifer Wagner discuss this week’s top stories, including the Supreme Court confirmation vote, the race for Senate, and the shakeup at the Statehouse involving state superintendent Jennifer McCormick. This past week, McCormick announced […]

  • IN Focus: Braun discusses Supreme Court fight, Senate race

    INDIANAPOLIS – Senate candidate Mike Braun appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus to discuss the Supreme Court nomination fight, and next week’s first debate in the race for Senate. This week’s confirmation vote meant rising political pressure for Braun’s opponent, Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN), who is facing a tough re-election fight against his Republican challenger. Donnelly said in a statement he would vote “no” on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, citing “deep reservations about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to this lifetime position.” Braun […]

  • 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 Christina Hale, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Jennifer Wagner and Adam Wren pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday morning at 7:30 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: Rokita on tariffs, SCOTUS & Senate race

    INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus to discuss a number of issues in the news, including the Supreme Court nomination fight and the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Rokita also discussed his recent trip to China, the impact of the President’s tariffs, and the race for U.S. Senate. Rokita was defeated in May’s contentious Republican primary by former State Rep. Mike Braun. In the video above, Rokita is also asked about recent reports that […]

  • IN Focus: Lugar won’t make Senate race endorsement

    INDIANAPOLIS – Former Republican Sen. Richard Lugar won’t endorse either candidate in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race, a seat he once held for more than three decades. “I believe at this point they deserve to have their own campaign,” Lugar said in an interview Tuesday. “I’m not part of the campaign. I’m not a candidate. I’m not trying to enforce points of view, and I’m afraid it would be misinterpreted.” Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly succeeded Lugar in 2012 after beating Richard […]