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 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: Indiana lawmakers question Trump approach to Russia

    INDIANAPOLIS – After a contentious week overseas for President Donald Trump and NATO allies, the world’s attention now shifts to Monday’s scheduled summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, mere days after twelve Russian intelligence operatives were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for meddling in the 2016 election. Some Indiana lawmakers, including Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) have called for President Trump to cancel the summit in light of the new indictments. READ: Joe's statement about President Trump’s scheduled meeting with […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – What could happen next in the Curtis Hill controversy? And how will the scandal impact other elected officials 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 the latest news on the Hill investigation, the race for U.S. Senate and the President’s choice for the Supreme Court.

  • IN Focus: Holcomb praises Hill accusers, won’t call for impeachment yet

    INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb discussed the allegations against Attorney General Curtis Hill for the first time with the press Friday afternoon. Just over a week ago, Holcomb asked Hill to resign after four women said the attorney general touched them inappropriately at a bar. The governor praised the women who have come forward with the allegations. He also said he made his zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment clear earlier this year. “Believing [the women] and having my […]

  • IN Focus: Donnelly discusses Supreme Court choice, race for Senate

    INDIANAPOLIS – In an interview for this week’s edition of IN Focus, we sit down with Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) to discuss the looming confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the contentious race for U.S. Senate. As a vulnerable red-state Democrat up for re-election, Donnelly’s vote is being closely watched ahead of his November election matchup with Republican Mike Braun. In the video above, Donnelly also discusses the latest fundraising figures, showing the incumbent with a large cash-on-hand […]

  • 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, Jennifer Wagner, and Bob Donaldson pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday at 8:30am on CBS4 and again at 9:30am on FOX59.

  • IN Focus: Panelists discuss Curtis Hill controversy

    INDIANAPOLIS – What will happen next in the Curtis Hill controversy? With the embattled attorney general refusing to resign despite allegations of groping, many GOP leaders are calling for Hill to step down. But in a statement Friday, the AG said he wasn’t going anywhere, insisting the allegations were false, even after a state lawmaker came forward in an op-ed that same day to describe the alleged encounter back in March. In the video above, Bob Donaldson talks with IN Focus panelists […]

  • IN Focus: IndyStar reporter discusses Hill investigation

    INDIANAPOLIS – After last week’s bombshell report highlighting the allegations faced by Indiana’s attorney general Curtis Hill, we spoke one-on-one Thursday with one of the reporters who first broke the story. Tony Cook is a statehouse reporter with our newsgathering partners at the IndyStar. In the video above, Cook discusses the report and the potential ramifications, including questions about whether Hill can survive the accusations. Since our interview was recorded, more and more Indiana politicians have called for Hill’s resignation, […]

  • IN Focus: GOP leaders call for Hill’s resignation

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Embattled Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is calling for a “fair and thorough” independent investigation into allegations that he groped several women at a bar in March. In a statement released Friday afternoon, Hill says he’s been falsely accused and is innocent until proven guilty. He said he would not resign, despite calls from Gov. Eric Holcomb and leaders in the state legislature to do so. Four different women accused Hill of touching them inappropriately as lawmakers […]

  • IN Focus: Sen. Young discusses border crisis, Trump’s executive order

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. government released new video last week, showing conditions inside a border patrol facility, as the outcry, finger-pointing and defense of the Trump administration policy intensified. The policy has resulted in the separation of thousands of kids from their parents who have crossed the border illegally. On Monday, the President doubled-down in his blame on Democrats, before finally signing an executive order to end the separations on Wednesday, giving into mounting political pressure from both sides of […]