Eric Spillman
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Eric Spillman is a reporter for the KTLA 5 Morning News.

An original member of the Morning News team, Eric began at KTLA in May of 1991. Prior to that, he worked as a news reporter for KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, where he won numerous awards for investigative, spot news and feature reporting. He later worked as a news reporter for KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, where he generated political and investigative stories that exposed corruption, waste and conflicts of interest in government.

Eric is the recipient of several Emmys, Golden Mikes, Los Angeles Press Club and other awards. His commitment to live reporting has earned him several Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for best live news coverage. In 2004, he was part of the KTLA Morning News: First Edition team to win an Emmy for best regularly scheduled newscast. In 2000, he received a Golden Mike Award from the Radio & Television News Association for his coverage of the North Valley Jewish Community Center shooting. In 2002 and 2005, he received an Associated Press Television-Radio Award for best live news coverage. He's also a recipient of a Los Angeles Press Club Award for best television breaking news coverage.

Even after years of waking up at 2:30 a.m., Eric says he still enjoys his job and finds it a privilege to see the city come to life every morning.

Eric regularly donates his time at community events. He and his wife Lynne have two children, Ben and Sara. In his limited free time, he enjoys mountain biking, rollerblading and sleeping.


Recent Articles
  • Thousands marched through Hollywood to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide on April 24, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    100,000 March From Hollywood to Turkish Consulate on Anniversary of 1915 Armenian Genocide

    Marchers created a mesmerizing blur of brightly colored flags Friday as they walked through the streets west of downtown Los Angeles to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Participants had a common, persistent theme, calling for recognition of the deaths of about 1.2 million Armenians as a genocide. Other estimates range to 1.5 million. Many held nearly identical azure signs that thanked various countries for recognizing the Armenian genocide. President Obama has not used the word “genocide” in […]

  • A booking photo shows Michael David Ikeler after an arrest in Lake County in 2013.

    Neighbor Glad Woman Had ‘Courage’ to Turn in Alleged Gardena Kidnapper

    A woman said Thursday she was glad a fellow neighbor had the “courage” to tip-off police, leading to the arrest of a man accused of kidnapping a 2-year-old from a Gardena car wash and sexually assaulting her. Eric Spillman reports from Torrance for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

  • An artist's rendering of a proposed NFL stadium for the Raiders and Chargers in Carson. (MANICA Architecture)

    Carson City Council Gives Unanimous Approval to NFL Stadium

    The Carson City Council unanimously approved a privately financed stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders on Tuesday night, barely two months after the public announcement of the $1.7-billion project. “There are two things we need in California: rain … and football,” Carson Mayor Albert Robles said after the 3-0 vote. “And football is coming to Carson!” Roars from jersey-wearing fans in the cramped council chambers followed the mayor’s words. The crowd quickly broke into a chant: “Bring […]

  • Clinton Alford shows wounds his attorney said came from a beating at the hands of LAPD in October 2014. (Credit: Law Offices of Caree Harper)

    LAPD Officer Charged With Assault in Videotaped Beating of Man During October 2014 Arrest

    A Los Angeles police officer who allegedly beat and kicked a man in an October arrest was charged Monday with one count of assault under color of authority, and his alleged victim thanked God for “some kind of justice.” LAPD Officer Richard Garcia entered a not guilty plea in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse just after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the charge against him. Garcia, 34, was charged in connection with an Oct. 16, 2014, arrest near […]

  • The White House is seen on April 7, 2015. (Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    White House Fence Jumper Carrying ‘Suspicious’ Package Arrested; ID’d as California Man

    A 54-year-old man carrying a suspicious package scaled a White House fence Sunday night, but was quickly apprehended. Jerome R. Hunt, of Hayward, California, climbed the fence on the south side of the White House complex about 10:25 p.m., said Brian Leary with the United States Secret Service. Hunt is in custody and charges are pending, Leary said. The package was being examined and later deemed to be harmless, a Secret Service source told CNN. Last week, a U.S. official […]

  • In March, the light trails of vehicles are shown moving up and down the California Incline in Santa Monica. Reconstruction of the deteriorating roadway is to scheduled to start April 20, 2015. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    Yearlong Closure of Santa Monica’s California Incline Looms

    Westside traffic, already the stuff of legends, is expected to worsen dramatically with the closing Monday of the California Incline in Santa Monica for a complete reconstruction designed to keep the structure from collapsing in an earthquake. As part of a $20-million project, workers will begin demolishing the severely deteriorated road, technically a bridge, in anticipation of rebuilding it. The link, which descends from Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway, connecting the bluffs with the beach, is used by 15,000 […]

  • A 4-year-old girl was allegedly left home alone in Ranch Cucamonga by her mother who went to San Diego for the day with friends. (Credit: KTLA)

    IE Mother Arrested After Leaving Daughter, 4, Home Alone During Trip to San Diego

    A 28-year-old Rancho Cucamonga woman was arrested after leaving her 4-year-old daughter home alone while taking a day trip to San Diego, authorities said Wednesday. Bing Chen was taken into custody when she returned home and told a deputy — through an interpreter — she believed it was OK to leave her child at home because she had left food and instructions on when to eat and go to bed, according to a news release from the Rancho Cucamonga Police […]

  • In this Feb. 19, 2015, frame grab from a dash cam video provided by the Marana Police Department, a police vehicle hits Mario Valencia.

    Video Showing Arizona Police Car Intentionally Ramming Armed Man Raises Excessive Force Question

    Dramatic dash camera video released this week shows a suburban Tuscon police officer striking a man armed with a rifle with his patrol car in February, an incident that is raising questions about police use of force in what appears to be a quickly evolving, dangerous situation. The video footage shows Mario Valencia, 36, walking along a sidewalk in a business district brandishing a rifle. One moment he is pointing the rifle at police. In another, he is pointing it […]

  • The mountain lion known as P-22 was captured on video hiding beneath a crawl space of a home in Los Feliz on April 13, 2015.

    Mountain Lion P-22 Leaves Crawl Space Under Los Feliz Home; Located in Griffith Park

    A well-known mountain lion that was hiding in the crawl space of a family’s Los Feliz home “left the building” early Tuesday following efforts a day earlier to coax him off the residential property, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The 150-pound puma, known as P-22, had apparently wandered to the residence in the 2700 block of Glendower Avenue from his home in Griffith Park. He may have been there “for some time” before being discovered, Officer Hoang […]