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.


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    Attorney General’s Office Reviews Ruling That California’s Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional

    California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, a federal judge ruled in a case that could work its way up through the court system. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled Wednesday on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago. The ruling can be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. A spokesman for Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said only […]

  • Los Angeles police officers are seen near demonstrators in Westwood on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

    Officer Placed on Leave After Firing Gun During Pro-Israel Rally in Westwood; 4 Men Arrested and Released

    Four men were released from custody Monday after being arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon when a fight at a pro-Israel rally broke out the previous day. A Federal Protective Service officer was also placed on leave after discharging his weapon during the altercation. Demonstrators gathered outside the federal building in Westwood Sunday to express their support for Israel, which during the past week has launched airstrikes into the Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket attacks by Hamas. […]

  • A photo of 18-year-old Joseph Sanchez was taken just before he disappeared into the water off the coast of Palos Verdes. (Credit: Danny Torres)

    More Than 50 Rescues Made in 10 Days at Palos Verdes Spot Where Teen Swimmer Went Missing

    Public access to a popular but dangerous Palos Verdes coastal rock outcropping was shut off Thursday after more than 50 rescue operations in less than two weeks and amid the ongoing search for a missing 18-year-old swimmer, authorities said. Rescuers from multiple agencies were responding to Abalone Cove to search for the teen, who disappeared in the water about 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Officials described the beautiful coastline, known for […]

  • Los Angeles International Airport TSA agents did not believe new regulations to overseas passengers requiring their electronics be charged before boarding airplanes would be implemented in the U.S. in the near future. (Credit: KTLA)

    Many Overseas Passengers Traveling to U.S. Must Now Prove Their Electronics Are Safe

    People traveling to the United Stated from overseas have to turn on their electronics as a new security measure, the Transportation Security Administration announced Sunday. Security officers were allowed to ask passengers to turn on their devices, including cellphones. Powerless ones would not be allowed on airplanes, the TSA stated in a press release. The regulation was in effect in airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. TSA agents at the Los Angeles International Airport did not know if […]

  • An allegedly stolen Tesla split in half in a fiery crash that occurred in West Hollywood on July 4, 2014.

    LAPD: Stolen Tesla Involved in Police Pursuit Crashes Into Cars, Splits in Half in WeHo; 7 Injured

    A stolen Tesla involved in a fiery crash split into two following a pursuit that ended in West Hollywood early Friday, leaving seven people injured, police said. The incident began when police received a call from a Tesla dealership stating that an individual was “tampering or messing with” one of the vehicles, according to Sgt. Campbell with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division. Officers responded to the dealership and a pursuit began at about 12:45 a.m., Campbell said. During […]

  • Armando Villa, 19, seen in a family photo, collapsed and died during a hike sponsored by a fraternity at CSUN.

    CSUN Student’s Death Blamed on Fraternity Hazing; Pi Kappa Phi Responds

    A day after the death of a California State University student was blamed on fraternity hazing by his family, the CSUN chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity he was involved with was suspended. Armando Villa, 19, was hiking in the Angeles National Forest with three members and five associate members of the fraternity when he collapsed and lost consciousness, according to Pi Kappa Phi and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Villa was taken to a local hospital where […]

  • Loi Vu, 40, (left) and Tracy Trang Le, 35, were booked on suspicion of felony child endangerment and false imprisonment. (Credit: Anaheim Police Department)

    Anaheim Parents Arrested, Accused of Keeping 11-Year-Old Son With Autism in Dog Kennel

    The parents of an 11-year-old boy with autism so severe he cannot speak were arrested after police allegedly found him living in a dog kennel inside a home in Anaheim, authorities said Wednesday. Officers were called to a residence in the 1300 block of Garrett Street (map) at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday to help Child Protective Services investigators who had received a tip that a young boy was living inside a cage, according to Lt. Bob Dunn with the Anaheim Police Department. […]

  • Victim’s Sister Talks About O.J. Simpson’s Aquittal 20 Years After Nicole Brown Simpson’s Murder – Eric Spillman Reports

    Twenty years after Nicole Brown Simpson and a friend were stabbed to death and football star O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of murder charges, one victim’s sister opened up about the brutal slayings. Eric Spillman reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on June 12, 2014.

  • Victim’s Sister Talks About Ronald Goldman’s Death, O.J. Simpson’s Acquittal – Eric Spillman report

    Ronald Goldman’s sister talks to KTLA about dealing with her brother’s death and her new book “Can’t Forgive: My 20 Year Battle With O.J. Simpson.” Eric Spillman reports from Brentwood for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Thursday, June 12, 2014.