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
  • Some say the dress on the right looks gold and white online, but a photo of the dress on Amazon.com shows it is in fact blue and black.

    Science Weighs in On #TheDress: Photo Showing ‘Dramatically Different Colors’ Called One-in-a-Million Shot

    Before you strangle your best friend who sees the colors in the now-famous dress differently than you do, please know that there’s a scientific explanation. It has to do with the tiny cones in the back of our eyeballs that perceive colors in a slightly different way depending upon our genes. “Why do some people love cilantro and others say it tastes like soap? Why do some people have perfect pitch and others are tone deaf? It’s the same with […]

  • A booking photo was released of Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, the driver of truck involved in the Metrolink crash in Oxnard, on Feb. 24, 2015. (Credit: Oxnard Police Department)

    Truck Driver to Make First Court Appearance in Oxnard Metrolink Train Derailment

    The driver of a pickup truck that was hit by a Metrolink train in Oxnard, triggering a derailment that injured dozens of people, is due in court Thursday to face potential felony hit-and-run charges. Jose Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, has been in police custody since early Tuesday, when police say they found him walking and apparently “disoriented” more than a mile away from the scene of the derailment. The Yuma, Ariz., resident was booked on suspicion of felony hit and run and […]

  • National Transportation Safety Board rail investigator Rick Downs is seen at a crash site in Oxnard where a Metrolink train collided with a pickup truck on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Credit: NTSB)

    NTSB Obtains Video, Data Recorders From Train in Oxnard Metrolink Crash

    Federal investigators continued their investigation Wednesday into a Metrolink derailment in Oxnard that occurred Tuesday morning when a five-car train struck a pickup truck, leaving dozens of people injured, four critically. Meanwhile, the driver of the truck was in custody after being arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury-related crash, more commonly called hit-and-run with injuries, according to police. His attorney said Wednesday that the incident was an “accident” and that the driver — 54-year-old Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez of Yuma, Arizona […]

  • Los Angeles firefighters are seen on the roof of a single-story strip mall in East Hollywood on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.  (Credit: KTLA)

    Firefighters Extinguish Strip-Mall Fire in East Hollywood; Woman Taken to Hospital in ‘Extremely Grave’ Condition

    Eighty-four firefighters Wednesday morning extinguished a strip-mall fire in East Hollywood that left a woman in “extremely grave” condition, officials said. The blaze broke out about 7:11 a.m. and burned in the attic of a single-story structure in the 4800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard (map), said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters at the scene assisted one female patient, Humphrey said. Aerial video showed the victim, lying on a stretcher, being wheeled away from the […]

  • Port workers hit the largest backlog of freights seen in a decade on Feb. 23, 2015, in San Pedro. (Credit: KTLA)

    Dockworkers Hit Freight Backlog After Reaching Tentative Deal With Shipping Companies

    Days after a shutdown of 29 West Coast ports was averted, some 20,000 dockworkers affected by contract negotiations began working to relieve the worst freight backlog seen in a decade. Eric Spillman reports from San Pedro for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. More video:  Dockworkers began catching up on a backlog of shipments Monday after a tentative agreement ended a tense labor standoff involving West Coast ports. Kareen Wynter reports from San Pedro for the […]

  • An image of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, also known as CRE. (Credit: CDC)

    Understanding CRE, the ‘Nightmare’ Superbug That Killed 2 in Los Angeles

    The term “nightmare bacteria” does not bode well for anyone who may get infected. That’s what CDC epidemiologists call carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, which kill up to half the patients who contract them. The family of superbugs made headlines two years ago when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned they were spreading. Now, they’re back in the news after seven patients at a Los Angeles hospital caught CRE after routine endoscopic treatments for bile ducts, gall bladder or […]

  • The union has blamed the shipping companies for the congestion, which it says stems from increased use of larger container ships and a shortage of trailers. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times)

    Labor Secretary to Resume Talks to Break West Coast Port Impasse

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is expected to meet with shipping companies and the dockworkers union Wednesday in an attempt to resolve a labor dispute that has intermittently stopped the unloading of ships at 29 West Coast ports. The scheduled talks follow Perez’s “positive and productive meetings with both parties” Tuesday, according to a Department of Labor official. “Secretary Perez stressed that it’s imperative the parties come to an immediate agreement to prevent further damage to our economy and further pain for […]

  • A winter storm dumped large quantities of snow in Virginia and elsewhere in the southern and eastern U.S. on Feb. 17, 2015. (Credit: CNN)

    Winter Storm Ices South, Dumps Snow on East Coast

    The death of at least six people have been blamed on the latest in a series of winter storms that have pummeled the East Coast, and more snow is expected in the South. Less than two months into the year, the winter storms could cost the nation $1 billion to $2 billion, according to Planalytics, a weather research firm for businesses. The city of Boston reports that it has spent more than $30 million on snow removal alone. A New York City […]

  • Stan Chambers' final appearance on the KTLA 5 News was Aug. 11, 2010, his 87th birthday.

    Fans Remember Stan Chamber’s Legacy

    Days after longtime KTLA reports Stan Chambers died, fans continued to share their memories.