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 Mike Murphy, Jamar Cobb-Dennard, Lara Beck and Rob Burgess pick this week’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) on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Stitcher.​

  • IN Focus: New support for medical marijuana in Indiana?

    INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosier veterans are promising to lead the way when it comes to legalized medical marijuana in Indiana. They made their voices heard at a recent medical cannabis town hall at the state library. Jep Staker is a former Marine sniper who at one time was taking opioids. He realized his dosages were increasing, as was his risk for overdose. That’s when he asked his VA doctor about cannabis. “I took a good look at it and I talked […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – How will Indiana voters view the latest controversies at the White House? And how great of an impact will Sen. Joe Donnelly’s vote on the President’s Supreme Court pick play in this year’s race for Senate? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Rob Burgess, Lara Beck, Mike Murphy and Jamar Cobb-Dennard discuss this week’s top stories including the race for Senate, the Supreme Court nomination fight, and the brewing feud between President Trump and his former aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman. […]

  • IN Focus: One-on-one with IPS superintendent

    INDIANAPOLIS – IPS superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus to discuss the Indianapolis Public school district’s upcoming ballot measures to pay for teacher salaries and safety and security upgrades. In the video above, Ferebee talks about the time-consuming process to determine how much money the tax referendum would entail, and the potential for more school closures even if the referendum passes this November. Earlier this summer, the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners reached a […]

  • IN Focus: Donnelly meets with Supreme Court nominee

    WASHINGTON – Indiana’s Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly met with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, Wednesday, the second Democrat to do so ahead of his confirmation hearing next month. No cameras were allowed inside Donnelly’s office. His staff released a picture after the meeting. Donnelly released the following prepared statement: “I had a wide-ranging conversation and productive meeting with Judge Kavanaugh. This was an important opportunity to sit down and talk in-depth with Judge Kavanaugh about: his record; […]

  • 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 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) on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Stitcher.​

  • IN Focus: Panelists discuss early voting dispute, this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – What’s behind the dispute between Attorney General Curtis Hill and Secretary of State Connie Lawson over early voting? And what are our insiders saying about the latest news in the race for Senate? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tim Swarens, Christina Hale, Mike Murphy and Jennifer Wagner discuss this week’s top stories, including the early voting dispute, the race for Senate, and the potential Indiana impact of the current national political climate in this midterm election year.

  • Senate race heats up as Donnelly prepares for Kavanaugh meeting

    INDIANAPOLIS – Next week, the President’s nominee for the Supreme Court will sit down with Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) in a long-awaited meeting that could have a ripple effect on Indiana’s race for Senate. This past week, we caught up with Donnelly to discuss the looming confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the contentious Senate campaign. As a vulnerable red-state Democrat up for re-election, Donnelly’s vote is being closely watched ahead of his November election matchup with […]

  • 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 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) on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Stitcher.​

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – Could state lawmakers be on the verge of finally passing a statewide hate crime law? And with the 2018 midterms now three months away, how will the latest fundraising feud impact candidates 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: President Trump’s controversial week on Twitter The GOP’s emerging fundraising feud with the Koch brothers Sen. Joe Donnelly responds to opponent Mike Braun […]