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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
  • Griffith Observatory Draws Crowd of Eager Eclipse Viewers

    As the moon slid over a bright orange sun Monday morning, Southern Californians flocked to Griffith Observatory to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse. Other Angelenos took to social media to share photographs of the crescent sun. At corner of Vermont Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, crowds of people waited eagerly to board a shuttle bus that would take them to the observatory. In a scene that was typical for L.A., a group of Scientologists handed out personality tests to […]

  • The International Space Station (bottom right), with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the sun at roughly five miles per second during a partial solar eclipse, Aug. 21, 2017, near Banner, Wyoming. (Credit: Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images)

    Total Solar Eclipse Ends After Providing Stunning Sight Across U.S.

    It’s not fake news; it’s good news. It’s a story that could eclipse all other stories. There is no way you can stop today’s total solar eclipse from happening. It is celestial, and we have no control over it. The only way to stop it would be to extinguish the sun or knock the moon or Earth out of orbit. Over the past few millennia, people who knew nothing about eclipses couldn’t explain the natural phenomena. Many cultures thought it […]

  • 1 American Citizen Among 14 Dead in Spain Terror Attacks, Which Authorities Say Could Have Been Much Worse

    The perpetrators of the terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils originally planned to use explosive devices to wreak greater devastation but were apparently thwarted because their materials detonated prematurely, police said Friday. A house in Alcanar, south of Barcelona, was destroyed in a blast Wednesday night — hours before one attacker mowed down dozens of people in the heart of Barcelona, killing 13. A group of five attackers then drove into pedestrians in the town of Cambrils, killing one, in the […]

  • resident Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    President Trump Calls Removal of Confederate Monuments ‘Sad,’ ‘So Foolish’

    President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced the removal of monuments to Confederate figures as “sad” and “so foolish,” days after white supremacists and neo-Nazis took to Charlottesville, Virginia, to violently protest the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Trump said in a series of tweets. “You can’t change history, but you […]

  • US President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    What’s the ‘Alt-Left’? Experts Say It’s a ‘Made-Up Term’

    President Donald Trump equated white supremacist marchers in Charlottesville to counterprotesters by calling them “alt-left,” prompting an immediate backlash and questions about the term itself. “What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right, do they have any semblance of guilt … What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do,” Trump said at a news conference Tuesday referring to a rally in Charlottesville that […]

  • Students arrived for the first day of instruction at the Boys Academic Leadership Academy in South Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Students at All Boys Academy in LAUSD Arrive for First Day of Instruction

    Students arrived Tuesday for the first day of instruction at the Boys Academic Leadership Academy in the Westmont neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Eric Spillman reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Aug. 15, 2017.

  • James Alex Fields Jr. (Credit: Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail via Los Angeles Times)

    Bond Denied for Man Accused of Killing Woman by Plowing Into Crowd of Counterprotesters in Charlottesville

    A judge on Monday appointed an attorney for James Alex Fields Jr., the man suspected of killing a woman as he allegedly mowed down a group of counterprotesters at a white supremacist rally here. Fields, 20, is accused of driving his car into a crowd of people, killing Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, who was protesting the “Unite the Right” march on Saturday. Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an […]

  • Atty. Gen. Sessions Announces Plans to Combat Leaks After Trump’s Calls for Crackdown

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions Friday detailed his plans to combat leaks of classified information, which have sparked the anger of President Donald Trump. Sessions, in a brief speech at the Justice Department, said that he spoke to career employees and, “at their suggestion, one of the things we are doing is reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas.” He did not specify what that means in terms of prosecutions or actions against journalists. “We respect the important role that the press plays […]

  • ‘Veins Were Popping Out of My Body’: Man Recovering After Bungee Jump Malfunction Leaves Him Dangling for 30 Minutes at Ventura County Fair

    A 19-year-old man is speaking out on Thursday after surviving a bungee jumping malfunction that left him hanging upside down 30 feet in the air for about half an hour at the Ventura County Fair. Roger Rodriguez, of Oxnard, was one of three people who became stuck on the bungee-jumping attraction around 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. The two other fairgoers were in a basket between 90 and 100 feet in the air where they […]