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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
  • Supreme Court Allows Parts of Trump’s Travel Ban to Go Into Effect; Oral Arguments in Case Set for Fall

    The Supreme Court Monday allowed parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to go into effect and will hear oral arguments on the case this fall. The court is allowing the ban to go into effect for foreign nationals who lack any “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States.” The court, in an unsigned opinion, left the travel ban against citizens of six majority-Muslim on hold as applied to non-citizens with relationships with persons or […]

  • Republicans Finally Unveil Secret Senate Health Care Bill; McConnell Hopes for Vote Next Week

    The closely guarded Senate health care bill written entirely behind closed doors finally became public Thursday in a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party’s winding efforts to repeal Obamacare. The unveiling of the 142-page bill marks the first time that the majority of senators get a look at the plan to overhaul America’s health care system. With Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressing ahead for a vote next week, senators now only a handful of days to decide whether to support […]

  • California Residents Asked to Conserve Energy as Heatwave Continues Wednesday

    California residents are being asked to conserve energy again Wednesday as a statewide Flex Alert continued for a second day amid a powerful heatwave. The California Independent System Operator issued the first statewide alert of the year Tuesday and is again urging residents to conserve electricity from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Temperatures in the valleys of Los Angeles County are expected to again climb into the 90s to low 100s. Triple digit heat will likely continue across the Antelope […]

  • 1 Dead, 10 Hurt After Van Hits Crowd of Worshipers in London; Man Arrested in Suspected Terror Attack

      The driver of the van that plowed into pedestrians near a mosque in north London has been identified as Darren Osborne, 47, a resident of Cardiff in Wales, according to multiple UK media outlets. One man died and 10 people were injured in the assault, the latest in a series of terror attacks to hit the United Kingdom this year. The driver, a white man, was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and then arrested at […]

  • ‘Very Unhealthy’ Smog Levels Expected During SoCal Heat Wave

    Air quality officials warned Thursday of “very unhealthy” smog levels in the coming days as a heat wave envelops Southern California and primes the region for a bout of unusually high and widespread pollution. Levels of ozone — the lung-damaging gas in smog — are likely to reach “unhealthy to very unhealthy” levels in the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, Inland Empire and the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains, according to the South Coast Air Quality […]

  • Trump Says Rep. Steve Scalise Is ‘Great Fighter’ But Is ‘in Some Trouble’ After Shooting

    President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that Rep. Steve Scalise is in worse condition than many initially realized. Speaking from the White House, Trump called the Louisiana congressman a “greater fighter” but indicated the situation remains very serious. “It’s been much more difficult than people even thought at that time,” Trump said. “He’s in some trouble.” The Republican lawmaker was treated at a Washington hospital Wednesday after a single rifle shot struck his hip during a shooting attack at a GOP […]

  • Police Who Raced to Scene of Virginia Baseball Field Shooting Told There Was Gunfire, People Running

    As a gunman exchanged fire with Capitol Police officers defending a congressman and others at a Virginia baseball field Wednesday morning, local police swiftly set up a perimeter and called for more units. Through dispatch audio posted to the archive section of the Broadcastify website, the timeline of the police and ambulance response unfolds. The first dispatcher heard is sending units to a weapons violation call, someone with a gun. The man then calls fire units, saying, “Fire response is […]

  • Rep. Steve Scalise Remains in Critical Condition After Va. Shooting Injures at Least 6; Gunman Dead

    Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a member of the Capitol police force were shot Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, during Republicans’ early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game. Federal law enforcement officials identified the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who died following a shootout with authorities. At least six people including Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, were hospitalized. Scalise was in critical condition after […]

  • Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein Says Special Counsel Will Have ‘Full Independence’ for Russia Probe

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller, who’s leading the Justice Department’s probe into Russia’s meddling in last year’s election, will have the “full independence he needs to conduct that investigation.” After President Donald Trump’s friend, Chris Ruddy, said Monday night that Trump is considering firing Mueller, Rosenstein said in a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing that Mueller can “only be fired for good cause,” and it would be his job to put that good cause […]