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 Jennifer Wagner, Mike Murphy, Lara Beck 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 with our panel, on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher.

  • IN Focus: Panelists discuss AG’s re-election bid, this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill just announced he’s running for re-election, with his campaign posting a video online Thursday morning to make it official. “I’m Curtis Hill, I’m your attorney general, and I’m ready to keep fighting for Indiana, our values and our way of life,” said Hill, announcing his run for a second term. Hill went in front of a disciplinary commission last month, facing groping allegations by a state lawmaker and a group of statehouse staffers […]

  • Curtis Hill officially announces bid for re-election as attorney general

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill just announced he’s running for re-election, with his campaign posting a video online Thursday morning to make it official. “I’m Curtis Hill, I’m your attorney general, and I’m ready to keep fighting for Indiana, our values and our way of life,” said Hill, announcing his run for a second term. You may remember Hill went in front of a disciplinary commission last month, facing groping allegations by a state lawmaker and a […]

  • IN Focus: Panelists recap elections, discuss the week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – What are Indiana political insiders saying about the results of last week’s municipal elections? And will the so-called ‘suburban shift’ impact the 2020 elections in Indiana? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Elise Shrock, Mike Murphy and Abdul-Hakim Shabazz recap the elections, and discuss this week’s top stories, including the latest member of Congress from Indiana to announce their retirement. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) announced Wednesday that he would not be seeking re-election in 2020. In the video below, IN […]

  • 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 Elise Shrock, Mike Murphy and Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 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 with our panel, on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher.

  • IN Focus: Hogsett, Merritt, party leaders discuss mayoral election results

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will get another term in office, after defeating State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) by more than forty points in Tuesday’s mayoral election. Fresh off his re-election victory, Hogsett stopped by CBS4 to talk about his hopes for the next four years. “I think the last 4 years we’ve accomplished a lot,” said Hogsett. “There’s more work to do, and that’s what we intend to do over the next four years.” “I think we […]

  • 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 James Briggs, Laura Wilson, Jennifer Wagner 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 with our panel, on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher.

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

    INDIANAPOLIS – What are local political insiders saying about last week’s mayoral debate and one candidate’s apology for the mayor? And how are Indiana lawmakers approaching the latest news on the impeachment inquiry? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Jennifer Wagner, Jennifer Hallowell, Laura Wilson and James Briggs discuss this week’s top stories, including the race for mayor, Gov. Holcomb’s campaign tour, and the latest news from Washington and the 2020 campaign trail. Join us again next week — our program […]

  • IN Focus: Fact-checking the Indianapolis mayoral debate

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– In what might be called the ultimate campaign fact check, State Sen. Jim Merritt apologized to Joe Hogsett in the final debate before Tuesday’s mayoral election for misleading information the Republican put out last week concerning the mayor’s history of paying child support. “When you referred to this unfortunate error that we played it is obvious that we’re all held accountable,” Merritt told FOX59’s Dan Spehler during the debate in Wayne Township. “My campaign did put this information […]

  • IN Focus: Panelists discuss mayoral debate, the week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – What are the latest polling numbers saying about the race for mayor? And how will the candidates react to the latest controversy on the campaign trail? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Jennifer Wagner and Abdul-Hakim Shabazz discuss this week’s top stories, including a preview of Monday night’s mayoral debate on FOX59, reaction to last week’s Curtis Hill hearings, and the latest news on the impeachment inquiry. Join us again next week — our program airs every Sunday […]

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