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 latest debate, the week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – Who has the edge after Thursday night’s debate in Houston? How will the debate impact the campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg and others running in the middle of the pack? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Adam Wren, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Lara Beck and Mike Murphy discuss the debate and more of this week’s top stories, including a potential primary challenger for Gov. Eric Holcomb and the latest numbers on the race for mayor in Indianapolis. 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 Adam Wren, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Lara Beck and Mike Murphy 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 with our panel, on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher.

  • IN Focus: Veteran reporter discusses journalism, democracy

    BLOOMINGTON- Veteran journalist Scott Pelley spoke with students at Indiana University last week to mark the opening of the Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism. The long-time 60 Minutes correspondent talked about the important of journalism in a healthy democracy, and signed copies of his new book, Truth Worth Telling. “The American people need reliable information,” said Pelley. “There is no democracy without journalism. Rarely in our history has journalism been more important.” The Media School at Indiana University is launching the […]

  • IN Focus: Analyzing the latest Democratic debate

    INDIANAPOLIS – The ten leading candidates for the Democratic nomination met on the debate stage Thursday night in a contentious three-hour debate in Houston. In the video below, IN Focus panelists Adam Wren and Abdul-Hakim Shabazz discuss the implications of Thursday’s debate, and what it means for candidates like Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend) and former Vice President Joe Biden. Democrats will square off again in their next debate October 15 in Columbus, Ohio. Polls have shown Biden leading the race, with […]

  • IN Focus: Young, Braun on gun debate, Taliban talks, Bolton departure

    INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) and Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus, discussing the gun debate, John Bolton’s departure from the White House and the secret talks with the Taliban that were scrapped in recent days. We also asked Young about the scrutiny on the vaping industry after several recent deaths, and the President’s call for a possible ban on flavored vaping products, a move Young says he would support. “I support the […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – How are Indiana’s elected officials preparing to tackle the gun debate in Congress? And what should we expect from Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the other candidates for president in their next debate on Thursday? In the video above, we discuss this week’s top stories with IN Focus panelists Tony Samuel, Elise Shrock, Mike Murphy and Jennifer Wagner discuss this week’s top stories, including Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Ireland, and Gov. Eric Holcomb’s trade mission to Asia. 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 Tony Samuel, Elise Shrock, Mike Murphy and Jennifer Wagner pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday morning at 7:30 on CBS4 and again at 9:30 on FOX59. You can also catch a podcast of our entire program, including exclusive bonus content with our panel, on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher.

  • IN Focus: Holcomb places first legal sports wager

    SHELBYVILLE – Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) placed the state’s first legal sports wager last weekend, after signing sweeping legislation into law earlier this year legalizing sports gambling in Indiana. “Our properties are pioneering sports betting in Indiana, and we’re thrilled to offer sports fans a brand-new way to experience their favorite events while providing a legal platform to make sports bets,” said Ron Baumann, senior vice president and general manager of Indiana Grand. Sports enthusiasts in Indiana will now be […]

  • IN Focus: Buttigieg blasts President’s response to hurricane

    Ahead of next week’s presidential debate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend) is spending the weekend campaigning in New Hampshire. In recent days, Buttigieg has been increasingly critical of the President’s response to Hurricane Dorian, and the seemingly altered weather maps the President used to defend his misguided remarks on the storm’s forecasted path. “I feel sorry for the President, and that is not the way we should feel about the most powerful figure in this country. Somebody on whose wisdom […]

  • IN Focus: Baird, Banks, Carson discuss gun debate as Congress returns next week

    INDIANAPOLIS – Three members of Indiana’s congressional delegation appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus to discuss the debate over gun control, among other topics. Congress returns to work in the days ahead, with mounting debate over how to respond to several recent mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso, and elsewhere. In the video above, Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN4), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN3), and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN7) discuss the gun debate, and various proposals being discussed in Congress. “My […]

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