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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.


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  • Ansen Roberts looks on at what is left of his Ventura home that was destroyed in the Thomas Fire on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

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  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell alongside Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (far right), Sen. John Barrasso (left) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (second left), speaks after a meeting between President Donald Trump and the Republican Senate Caucus in Washington, DC, Nov. 28, 2017. (Credit: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)

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  • U.S. President Donald Trump leaves alongside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan after meeting with the House Republicans about tax reform at the Capitol, Nov. 16, 2017. (Credit: SAUL LOEB / AFP / Getty Images)

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  • U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee Nov. 14, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

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