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 Tony Samuel, Jennifer Wagner, Robin Winston and Jennifer Hallowell 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) on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Stitcher.​

  • IN Focus: Hoosiers remember former President Bush

    INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier political operatives who worked closely with former President George H.W. Bush are remembering the 41st president fondly in this week of remembrance. “He was a wonderful individual and I think when times were though, that’s the measure of an individual,” said Lou Gerig, who worked as a press assistant in the White House when Bush was Vice President. “Every time he was there, he made the time to make the rounds around the west wing to see […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – How will the latest developments in the Mueller probe impact the political climate in Washington? And what about the news that VP Mike Pence’s chief of staff may be in line to replace White House chief of staff John Kelly? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Jennifer Wagner, Tony Samuel, Jennifer Hallowell and Robin Winston discuss this week’s top stories, including the President’s pick for attorney general and the latest news on the Russia probe. According to reports from […]

  • IN Focus: Sen. Young discusses new AG nominee, Mueller probe

    INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus to discuss a number of topics making news in Washington, including the latest developments in the Mueller probe and the President’s pick to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, William Barr, who served in that role in the early ’90’s. “I’m still reviewing his record, but I imagine supporting him,” said Young. In the interview recorded on Friday afternoon, Young is also asked about the looming threat of […]

  • 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, Mike Murphy, Lara Beck and Adam Wren 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) on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Stitcher.​

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – How will the Curtis Hill allegations impact this year’s legislative session? Could lawmakers move to impeach the attorney general? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Adam Wren, Mike Murphy, Lara Beck and Tony Samuel discuss this week’s top stories, including the Curtis Hill controversy, and some of the top national stories making news in the nation’s capital.

  • IN Focus: Hill accusers want stronger sexual harassment prevention measures

    INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers returned to the Statehouse Tuesday, crafting a new policy to prevent sexual harassment. It comes after four women, including State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and three staff members, accused Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill of inappropriately touching them at a party in March. “It can’t be just let’s put a policy on the table, let’s put a policy of what kind of consequences are gonna result in these kind of actions,” said Gabrielle McLemore, one of Hill’s […]

  • IN Focus: Curtis Hill controversy overshadows organization day at Statehouse

    INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill appeared at an event at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday, surrounded by several community activists and law enforcement officials, discussing the strategies for crime prevention. “We all want to live and work and raise our kids in an environment that is safe,” Hill said. But he couldn’t escape the allegations and calls for his resignation and impeachment. “They told me I wasn’t allowed to be here, which I know isn’t true because this is a state […]

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – Could a new battle be brewing between the President and special counsel Robert Mueller? What impact will the new Congress have on the investigation? And could Democrats soon be facing a battle of their own over who to lead their new House majority? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Jennifer Wagner, Tony Samuel and Tim Swarens discuss this week’s top local and national political news, including the push for a hate crime law in Indiana ahead of next week’s […]

  • 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, Jennifer Wagner and Tim Swarens 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) on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud or Stitcher.​