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
  • Los Angeles firefighters are seen near a plane that was piloted by Harrison Ford when it crashed at a golf course in Venice on Thursday, March 6, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Harrison Ford Remains Hospitalized After Crashing Plane on Venice Golf Course

    Actor Harrison Ford remained hospitalized in Westwood on Friday morning, recovering from injuries he sustained the day before when the small World War II-era plane he was piloting experienced engine failure and crashed at a municipal golf course near Santa Monica Airport. The 72-year-old Hollywood icon, best known for his roles as Indiana Jones and Han Solo, suffered broken bones in his ankle and pelvis when the Ryan Aeronautical aircraft model ST3KR came down shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday at […]

  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus elephants perform during Barnum's FUNundrum in New York on March 26, 2010. (Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ringling Bros. Circus to Phase Out Elephants From Shows

    The Greatest Show on Earth will soon be without elephants. Ringling Bros. announced Thursday it will gradually reduce the use of elephants in its shows, and all will be retired by 2018. Elephants have for years played prominently in the circus’ shows and its advertising. They triumphantly enter the ring, then perform a synchronized dance routine. But Ringling Bros.’ treatment of the pachyderms has also come under scrutiny. It has been repeatedly criticized — and even sued — by several […]

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

    Manufacturer Never Had Permission to Sell Device Connected to Superbug Deaths at UCLA Hospital: FDA

    CNN has learned that the manufacturer of the endoscope involved in two superbug deaths at UCLA never obtained permission to sell the device, according to an official at the Food and Drug Administration. Olympus started selling its TJF-Q180V duodenoscope in 2010, but the FDA didn’t notice until late 2013 or early 2014 that the company had never asked for clearance to put it on the market, according to Karen Riley, deputy director of strategy for the FDA’s Office of External […]

  • Newly released surveillance video showed what happened before the fatal shooting.

    Demonstrators Protest Fatal Skid Row Police Shooting As New Video Is Released

    Outraged community members and residents took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning to protest the fatal police shooting of a homeless man over the weekend that was captured on video. Tuesday’s demonstration got underway around 8 a.m. on the corner of San Pedro Street and Sixth Street. From there, protesters began peacefully marching toward Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. More than 100 demonstrators had gathered outside police headquarters by 9 a.m. Some members of the group entered […]

  • A screenshot from a bystander's video shows Los Angeles police officers struggling with a man moments before he was fatally shot on Skid Row on March 1, 2015. (Credit: Anthony Blackburn via Facebook)

    Homeless Man Grabbed Officer’s Pistol Prior to Fatal Skid Row Shooting: Chief Beck

    A homeless man fatally shot by police in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday had grabbed an officer’s pistol, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Monday. Beck made the statement during a noon press conference to update the public on the department’s investigation into the deadly shooting, which was captured on video. “While on the ground and struggling with the officers, the man forcibly grabbed one of the officer’s holstered pistols, resulting in an officer-involved shooting,” Beck […]

  • 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 […]