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: Panelists discuss this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — How will the trade war with China impact farmers here in Indiana? What are the political and economic implications? And can a deal with Mexico and Canada help soften the blow? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tony Samuel, Lara Beck, Mike Murphy and Peter Hanscom discuss this week’s top stories, including the ongoing trade war, former Senator Richard Lugar’s legacy, the 2020 Presidential campaign, and the controversial bill banning abortion in Alabama. You can also catch […]

  • 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, Lara Beck, Mike Murphy and Peter Hanscom pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us every Sunday morning 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: Rep. Brooks on Lugar’s legacy of bipartisanship

    INDIANAPOLIS – Military pall bearers carried the casket of the late U.S. Senator Richard Lugar into the rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse so that Hoosiers could pay their last respects to the Shortridge High School graduate and former mayor who became a leading American statesman and advocate for nuclear disarmament around the globe. Lugar died on April 29 at the age of 87. Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett welcomed Senator Lugar back home again to Indiana one final time […]

  • IN Focus: Panelists discuss race for mayor, this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — What are Indiana political insiders saying about the race for mayor and the controversial comments that led to a reprimand for two city employees? And what are the latest polling numbers saying about political climate in Indiana and the 2020 campaign? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Jennifer Wagner, Mike Murphy, Lara Beck and Tony Samuel discuss this week’s top stories and recap Tuesday’s mayoral primaries. In the video below, our panel talks about the results of a […]

  • IN Focus: Hogsett, Merritt gear up for general election, react to Ten Point controversy

    INDIANAPOLIS – Controversial comments posted on Facebook about the Ten Point Coalition brought strong reaction Friday from Indianapolis’ mayor and the candidate seeking to replace him this election year. Mayor Joe Hogsett (D-Indianapolis) and his opponent State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) both reacted to the news after two Indianapolis city employees were reprimanded following those controversial comments made on social media. Late Thursday night, a city spokesperson confirmed Gregory Meriweather, the Strategic Initiative Liaison for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, […]

  • 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, Lara Beck, Mike Murphy and Jennifer Wagner pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us every Sunday morning 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: Carmel mayoral primary days away after contentious campaign

    CARMEL – After an often bitter and contentious campaign full of scandals and accusations, Carmel voters will head to the polls Tuesday for the municipal primary. Mayor Jim Brainard is seeking a seventh term in office, but has faced controversy in recent weeks after his Republican primary opponent Fred Glynn accused the Brainard campaign of bribery. Brainard has also been accused of misconduct in recent weeks by the city’s clerk-treasurer who is supporting Glynn in the primary. Brainard has denied […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – What are Indiana political insiders saying about former Sen. Richard Lugar’s life and legacy? How would he have navigated the modern-day controversies of Washington? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tim Swarens, Mike Murphy, Jennifer Wagner and Adam Wren discuss this week’s top stories, including the contentious hearings in Congress involving Attorney General William Barr, the 2020 race for President, and the latest news from the Statehouse. You can also catch a podcast of our entire program (including exclusive […]

  • IN Focus: Sen. Young reflects on Lugar’s legacy, Barr hearings

    INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus, discussing the life and legacy of former Sen. Richard Lugar, and the controversy surrounding Attorney General William Barr’s contentious hearing on Capitol Hill. “There were some fireworks as there often are between congress and the administration, especially when you have members of one party grilling the AG from another party,” said Young. “Hoosiers really want us to move on to other issues that impact their daily lives, […]

  • IN Focus: Lugar, Bayh’s passings represent ‘end of an era’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Long before he served with distinction in the U.S. Senate, sought to disarm the nuclear stockpile of the Soviet Union, counseled presidents and championed American farmers, Richard Lugar was a Shortridge High School student who grew up to serve on the IPS Board of School Commissioners, remade city/county government and became “The father of modern Indianapolis,” according to the historian who has studied the legendary mayor’s career. “His vision, his drive, his ambition, fundamentally reshaped the city,” said […]

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