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 – On this week’s edition of IN Focus, panelists Adam Wren, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Elise Shrock and Rob Burgess discuss this week’s top stories, including the race for President, the race for governor, and the latest headlines from the world of politics. Join us every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FOX59. You can also catch a podcast of our entire program, including exclusive bonus content, on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher. ​

  • 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, Elise Shrock and Rob Burgess pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday at 9:30am on FOX59. You can also catch a podcast of our entire program, including exclusive bonus content, on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher.​

  • IN Focus: Carson, Young, Hollingsworth on this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – What are Indiana’s elected officials saying about an eventful week in the nation’s capital? In the video above, we talk with three members of Indiana’s congressional delegation about several noteworthy topics in the news, including Robert Mueller’s upcoming testimony in Congress, the controversy over immigration and the census, and the resignation of labor secretary Alex Acosta. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) sits on the House intelligence committee, which is scheduled to question Mueller in an open hearing on July […]

  • IN Focus: Former state rep, LG candidate making run for Congress

    INDIANAPOLIS – Former state representative Christina Hale (D-IN) announced a run for Congress this past week for the fifth congressional district seat currently being held by retiring Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN). Hale ran on the Democratic ticket in 2016 as John Gregg’s running mate, and is hoping to turn a historically red district blue next year, while GOP leaders continue to insist the district remains reliably Republican. In the video above, we talk with Hale about the district’s dynamics, her […]

  • IN Focus: Supporters, opponents react to Holcomb re-election announcement

    KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. — Governor Eric Holcomb announced his reelection campaign Saturday in Knightstown. Gov. Holcomb made his announcement at the iconic Hoosier Gym, which is most notably known for as the filming location for 1986 film classic “Hoosiers.” “We’ve come so far. But we didn’t come this far to only to come this far. And as much as we’ve done, we’re going to do even more,” said Holcomb. “In every corner of the state, Hoosiers know that they have a […]

  • IN Focus: Buttigieg appearing at Indianapolis event later this month

    INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend) will make an appearance in Indianapolis next month to headline the annual convention for the Young Democrats of America. Organizers say it’s likely they’ll have other big-name Democrats in attendance as well, with another announcement forthcoming. Buttigieg will speak on the second day of the convention, which takes place July 17-20 in Downtown Indianapolis. In the video above, national planning vice-chair Keith Potts (who’s also a candidate for City-County Council) discusses the convention […]

  • IN Focus: Melton, McCormick tour raising eyebrows in political circles

    INDIANAPOLIS – Potential gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary) and Republican state superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus, ahead of their statewide tour next week that’s been making waves on the political scene in Indiana. Melton’s campaign issued a joint statement announcing the tour last week, in which McCormick said: “Indiana needs more state-wide leaders who value the voices of practitioners and community stakeholders, as demonstrated by Sen. Eddie Melton.” She added: “As State […]

  • IN Focus: Analyzing the Democratic debates

    INDIANAPOLIS – What are Indiana political insiders saying about the first round of Presidential debates? Which of the Democratic candidates stood out most on the debate stage, and how are the experts grading the performance of Mayor Pete Buttigieg? IN Focus panelists Laura Wilson, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz and Adam Wren discuss the debates, the candidates and the stories making news this week that could impact the race for President. You can also catch a podcast of our entire program, including exclusive […]

  • IN Focus: Candidates spar in first Democratic debates

    MIAMI – Twenty candidates took to the debate stage over two nights in Miami, to officially start the first of several debates leading up to next year’s Democratic primaries. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) emerged early in the second debate, taking the fight to former Vice President Joe Biden and delivering a performance that many analysts described as the strongest of the field. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend) also took the stage on Thursday, facing questions about the recent police shooting […]

  • IN Focus: Braun, Banks on 2020 candidates, border controversy

    INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) spoke with FOX59 this week, discussing a range of issues in the news, including the 2020 campaign and the controversy on the border. In the video above, Braun and Banks also share their thoughts on the controversy Mayor Pete Buttigieg has faced after an officer-involved shooting in South Bend. Over the weekend, Banks also tweeted his thoughts about the President’s travels overseas to the G20 summit, and the trade […]

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