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 Podcast: Panelists discuss this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS — What do our panelists have to say about last week’s State of the State address? And how will this year’s elections be impacted by big national developments on impeachment? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tony Samuel, Jennifer Wagner, Mike Murphy and Robin Winston discuss this week’s top stories, including the start of the impeachment trial, last week’s Democratic debate and the governor’s State of the State address. Join us every Sunday morning at 8:30 on CBS4 and […]

  • IN Focus: This week’s winners and losers

    INDIANAPOLIS – Who had the best (and worst) year in politics? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tony Samuel, Jennifer Wagner, Mike Murphy and Robin Winston picks this year’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 with our panel, on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher.

  • IN Focus: Lawmakers, candidates react to Holcomb’s state of state address

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —   Governor Eric Holcomb said the state of our state has never been stronger in his annual address Tuesday night, while also laying out plans to increase teacher pay, a hot topic at the start of this year’s legislative session. Governor Holcomb’s plan for teacher pay is for next year, 2021. He recommends lawmakers use $250 million from the state’s surplus and put it toward teacher retirement funds. This would generate $50 million annually for teacher pay. He […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS,Ind — What do our panelists expect from next week’s State of the State address? And what are they saying about the latest news from the campaign trail? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tony Samuel, Rima Shahid, Mike Murphy and Mary Ann Sullivan discuss this week’s top stories, including the start of the legislative session at the Indiana Statehouse and the ongoing tensions with Iran. Join us every Sunday morning at 8:30 on CBS4 and again at 9:30 on […]

  • IN Focus: This week’s winners and losers

    INDIANAPOLIS – Who had the best (and worst) year in politics? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tony Samuel, Rima Shahid, Mike Murphy and Mary Ann Sullivan picks this year’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 with our panel, on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher.

  • IN Focus: Bosma discusses teacher pay issue, start of session

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The fight to increase teacher pay is heating up at the Statehouse. Senate Democrats unveiled their plans Thursday morning while some House Democrats tried to tack the issue onto other bills. Several amendments related to teacher pay increases were struck down on the house floor Thursday afternoon. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said he expects more of them to come this session. “I’m sure we’ll get the chance to debate it,” said Bosma. While teacher pay increases […]

  • IN Focus: Myers discusses campaign for governor as field takes shape

    INDIANAPOLIS- A candidate’s sudden departure led to some surprising developments in the race for governor last week, after State Sen. Eddie Melton abruptly withdrew from the race, saying he was turning his focus to this year’s legislative session. “Unfortunately politics today require way too much of a candidate’s time being spent on the phone chasing dollars. Fixing our systems of elections will take the work of all of us,” said Melton. “As I look to address this issue and the […]

  • IN Focus: Sen. Braun, other Indiana lawmakers react to Iran conflict

    In the video above, Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) share their thoughts on this week’s developments in the Middle East. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) also issued a statement on this week’s vote, saying he was “proud to vote for the war powers resolution” and that “the administration’s needless and reckless escalation of tensions jeopardized American lives” WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a war […]

  • IN Focus: Panelists preview upcoming legislative session, discuss this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – How will Indiana lawmakers deal with the mounting pressure over the issue of teacher pay? And what impact will the issue have on this year’s elections? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Mike Murphy and Mary Ann Sullivan discuss this week’s top stories, including the upcoming legislative session, the race for president and the political reaction to President Trump’s military strike that led to the death of an Iranian general. Join us again next Sunday morning when […]

  • IN Focus: This week’s winners and losers

    INDIANAPOLIS – Who had the best (and worst) year in politics? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Mike Murphy and Mary Ann Sullivan picks this year’s winners and losers. Join us again next week — starting next Sunday morning our program returns to its normal 8:30 time slot on CBS4 and airs 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.

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