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
  • Police form a line outside the Anaheim Convention Center, where Donald Trump was speaking May 25, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    8 Arrested After Protests Follow Trump Rally in Anaheim: Police

    After a rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump brought protesters to the Anaheim Convention Center Wednesday, prompting authorities to declare an “unlawful assembly,” at least eight people were arrested, police said. Hundreds of protesters remained on the streets after law enforcement gave an order to disperse just before 2 p.m. The event at the Anaheim Convention Center began about 12:30 p.m, with Trump returning to Orange County for the first time since a campaign rally in Costa Mesa on April 28. At one point, Trump […]

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks at a campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, on March 26, 2016. (Credit: CNN)

    Bernie Sanders to Hold Rally at Anaheim Convention Center

    Bernie Sanders was hoping to draw a big crowd at a rally scheduled to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center Tuesday. Eric Spillman reports from Anaheim for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 24, 2016.

  • Bernie Sanders speaks at Lincoln Park in Lincoln Heights on May 23, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Bernie Sanders Draws Huge Crowds at SoCal Rallies in Lincoln Heights, Santa Monica

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held two rallies in the Los Angeles area Monday as he continues his campaign swing through California ahead of the June 7 primary. The first of two events was held at Lincoln Park, which is located in the 3501 Valley Blvd. in Lincoln Heights, according to a news release from the Sanders campaign. Doors opened at 9 a.m., with long lines to get in forming before then, video from the scene showed. “Our campaign … is […]

  • EgyptAir planes are seen on the tarmac at Cairo international airport on May 19, 2016, after an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on with 66 people on board, prompting an investigation into whether it was mechanical failure or a bomb. (Credit: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    EgyptAir Flight Data Show Smoke Alerts Near the Cockpit in Minutes Before Crash: Source

    New clues emerged Friday about EgyptAir Flight 804, but there were no answers as to what caused the plane to go down in the Mediterranean Sea. There were smoke alerts near the airliner cockpit early Thursday in the minutes before it crashed, according to flight data CNN obtained Friday from an Egyptian source. The data came through the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), a data link for sending messages between planes and ground facilities. A screen grab of […]

  • A picture taken on September 30, 2015 shows an Egypt Air plane on the tarmac of Cairo international Airport. (Credit: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

    EgyptAir Flight 804 Disappears From Radar With 66 People Aboard; Plane ‘Swerved and Then Plunged’

    EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, the airline said Thursday. The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted. French President Francois Hollande said he had been told the flight crashed. It’s too early in the investigation to say for sure what caused the disaster, and at this point experts say anything from mechanical failure to the terrorism is […]

  • Photos of seven former Beaumont city officials accused in a corruption case were displayed at a news conference by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office on May 17, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Ex-Police Chief, City Manager Among 7 Former Top Officials of Beaumont Charged With Corruption

    Prosecutors on Tuesday announced charges against seven former top officials in the city of Beaumont, alleging a sweeping web of corruption that dates back more than two decades and cost taxpayers nearly $43 million. The Riverside County district attorney’s office accused the officials of an elaborate scam involving the sale of municipal bonds for projects handled by companies in which they had a financial interest. They also alleged officials secured interest-free loans for friends and colleagues with taxpayer money. “Public servants must […]

  • Robert Pimentel speaks to his attorney before his June 19, 2014, sentencing in Long Beach. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAUSD Reaches $88 Million Settlement in Sex Misconduct Cases at 2 Campuses

    The Los Angeles school district will pay $88 million to settle sexual abuse cases at two elementary schools where complaints about the teachers behavior had surfaced long before their arrest, officials confirmed Monday. The settlement with 30 children and their families, finalized over the weekend, is the second largest in district history, and brings a dark chapter to an apparent close. The cases at De La Torre Elementary in Wilmington and Telfair Avenue Elementary in Pacoima, emerged in the aftermath […]

  • Donald Trump is shown March 10, 2015, at a news conference at his Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Former Trump Girlfriend Disputes Story on Behavior With Women

    A former model who dated Donald Trump for several months said her words were mischaracterized in a New York Times article. Eric Spillman reports from the newsroom for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 16, 2016.

  • Security lines at the Denver International Airport are seen in this file photo. (Credit:	Jim Spellman/CNN)

    Passengers Face Long Wait, ‘Insane’ TSA Airport Security Lines

    Get to the airport early and prepare to wait. Facing hours-long Transportation Security Administration checkpoint lines at U.S. airports this week, travelers are snapping pictures and uploading videos to document the mess. “Never seen a security line this long at LaGuardia – what’s going on @united and @NY_NJairports ?? #hatethewait,” tweeted @LisaAkey on Friday morning. Kym Jones waited in line for two hours Friday at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. “This line starts at the sliding departure doors by check in, […]