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
  • Two Anaheim men charged with conspiring to provide material support for ISIS appeared in a Santa Ana federal courtroom on May 22, 2015. Nader Elhuzayel is at left and Muhanad Badawi is at right. (Credit: Bill Robles)

    2 Anaheim Men Charged With Supporting ISIS Wanted to Die As Martyrs: DOJ

    Two men arrested in Southern California and charged with conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist group Islamic State had expressed a desire to die as martyrs, authorities said Friday. Muhanad Badawi, 24, and Nader Elhuzayel, 24, both of Anaheim, were arrested by FBI special agents Thursday evening, the U.S. Department of Justice stated in a news release. Badawi and Elhuzayel used social media to discuss ISIL and terrorist attacks, expressed a desire to die as martyrs and made arrangements for […]

  • Fans of David Letterman, members of the media, security agents and passersby gather around the entrance to the Ed Sullivan Theater, where 'The Late Show with David Letterman' is filmed, on May 20, 2015, in New York City for its last episode.  (Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    David Letterman Says Goodbye During ‘the Most Important Show of (His) Life’

    David Letterman is ending his late-night television career with a heartfelt “goodnight” and goodbye to viewers. Letterman taped his farewell episode of “The Late Show” on Wednesday afternoon, then walked backstage as the Foo Fighters closed out the show with a performance of “Everlong.” The show ran one hour and 17 minutes on Wednesday and CBS showed the entire program. There were no tears from Letterman, but the sign-off moment was emotional, especially for his longtime staffers and the lucky fans […]

  • This graphic from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows an airbag expanding, shooting shrapnel toward the driver.

    Takata Airbag Recall Information

    For more information on whether your vehicle has a faulty Takata airbag, which is subject to recall, click here: Also, if your car IS on the list, it may be awhile before the dealership will be able to replace the faulty airbag.   There is some specific advice on what you should do:

  • Veteran labor leader Dolores Huerta speaks outside Los Angeles City Hall on Jan. 30, 2015, to urge the City Council to act without delay to increase the minimum wage. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

    L.A. City Council Votes 14-1 to Move Toward $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

    The Los Angeles City Council tentatively agreed Tuesday to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining a trend sweeping cities across the country as elected leaders seek to address stagnating pay for workers on the lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder. The ordinance would boost the $9 an hour base wage to $15 by 2020 for as many as 800,000 workers, city officials say, and make L.A. the largest U.S. city to adopt a major minimum-wage increase. […]

  • This graphic from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows an airbag expanding, shooting shrapnel toward the driver.

    Airbag Maker Announces Largest Auto Recall Ever; 34 Million Vehicles Involved

    Takata is nearly doubling the size of its already massive recall for faulty airbags, making it the largest auto recall in history. The company has already recalled airbags used in about 18 million vehicles for the problem. This move will bring that number up to about 34 million autos. That is nearly one out of every seven cars on U.S. roads today. The recall is one of the largest consumer product recalls ever. At least five deaths have been tied […]

  • Rep. Loretta Sanchez talks with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno before a hearing about the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Budget Request in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 17, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Senate Candidate Rep. Loretta Sanchez of OC in Hot Water Over ‘War Cry’

    U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez has apologized for an ethnically touchy gaffe that was caught on cell phone video. The Democrat, who is running to replace California’s retiring Sen. Barabara Boxer, would otherwise seem like a paragon of diversity. But when she let out a stereotypical Native American “war cry” over the weekend, it marred that image and sent her running. Literally — away from a reporter trying to chase her down for comment on the gaffe that many found racially […]

  • Paul Tanaka, shown in 2014, surrendered to authorities May 14, 2015, after being indicted by a federal grand jury investigating excessive force and corruption in L.A. County jails. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

    Former L.A. County Undersheriff Indicted, Suspected of Impeding FBI Jail Abuse Investigation

    A high-profile former second-in-command at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department — who last year ran unsuccessfully for sheriff — has been indicted for allegedly overseeing a scheme to disrupt an FBI investigation into the abuse of inmates at county jails. Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who is the mayor of the city of Gardena, was indicted Wednesday on federal charges after a monthslong grand jury proceeding. Alongside Tanaka, former sheriff’s Capt. William “Tom” Carey was also charged. The two men […]

  • Rescuers work around derailed carriages of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 13, 2015. (Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Amtrak Train That Derailed Was Going 106 MPH at Curve Where Limit Was 50 MPH: NTSB

    How do all seven cars and the engine of an Amtrak train jump the rails, sending passengers, luggage, laptops and more flying? One possibility loomed over all others Wednesday: speed. Authorities haven’t said what caused the derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. But the National Transportation Safety Board said that preliminary data show the train’s speed exceeded 100 mph before the derailment. That would be more than twice the 50 mph speed limit for […]

  • Rescuers work around derailed carriages of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 13, 2015. (Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Survivor of Philly Train Crash: “We Were Going Way Too Fast”

    A woman who was on board the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia says there’s no question it was going much faster than it usually does on that route. Kate Raber spoke to the KTLA Morning News by phone from Temple University Hospital. She hurt her elbow and may have sustained a concussion in the accident, which killed 6 passengers and injured more than 200. Raber says at around 9:30 PM, she felt the train starting to shake and tip […]