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
  • Movie posters for the premiere of the film 'The Interview' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

    Sony Cancels Dec. 25 Release of ‘The Interview’ After Theaters Drop Film Amid Threats

    Sony on Wednesday said it would cancel next week’s planned release of “The Interview” after most of the country’s largest theater chains had decided not to show it. The decision by Sony follows a threat on Tuesday from anonymous hackers that people should avoid going to theaters where “The Interview” is playing. “In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film “The Interview,” we have decided not to move forward with the planned […]

  • Ventura County officials were going door-to-door early on Dec. 17, 2014, as mandatory evacuations went into affect in the area mid a flash flood warning. (Credit: KTLA)

    Heavy Rain Prompts Flash-Flood Warnings, Evacuations in SoCal

    Intense, heavy downpours overnight Tuesday prompted flash flood warnings in recent burn areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and mandatory evacuations in Camarillo Springs. A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service in the Colby Fire Burn Area of Glendora at around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday. It was initially scheduled to expire at 6 a.m., but the weather service canceled it 5 a.m. after the main band of rain passed through the area without incident. City officials […]

  • The area of Andreo Avenue and 220th Street was flooded Dec. 16, 2014, amid a rainstorm. (Credit: TheStoryOfAKat/Twitter)

    Flash-Flood Warning Issued for Parts of L.A. County as Storm Pelts Region

    Two storms hit Southern California Tuesday, bringing more rain to the already drenched region and prompting a flash-flood warning in south-central Los Angeles County and reports of major flooding in Torrance. Just days after a powerful storm brought heavy rain, strong winds, mudslides, flooding and even a tornado to the area, the National Weather Service had forecast another pair of storms to soak the southland for an extended period. The weaker storm system moved into Ventura and Los Angeles counties […]

  • Armed police are seen outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on Dec. 15, 2014, in Sydney, Australia. (Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

    Sydney Hostage Situation Ends; Gunman, 2 Others Killed

    The deadly siege of a central Sydney cafe has ended but the investigation is just beginning. Australian authorities stormed the cafe where a self-styled Muslim cleric had been holding hostages early Tuesday, killing the gunman. They moved in some 16 hours after the siege began, after hearing gunfire inside the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, New South Wales police Commissioner Andrew P. Scipione told reporters. Two of the 17 hostages initially held by the gunman died, according to Scipione. Five other people […]

  • A man had to be rescued after being trapped by a mudslide that flowed into his Camarillo Springs home amid a powerful storm that swept through the area on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Elderly Couple Rescued After Becoming Trapped in Home Following Camarillo Springs Mudslide

    A mudslide caused by a powerful storm hitting Southern California trapped two elderly homeowners inside the bedroom of their Camarillo Springs residence Friday morning, prompting a rescue by fire crews. An intense downpour was hitting the area around 2 a.m. when the slide occurred. At least eight homes sustained “significant damage” after a staggering amount of rock, mud and debris came down overnight from the hillside above San Como Lane, which is located in the Springs Fire burn area. The […]

  • Southern California was hit by a powerful storm on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Powerful Storm Brings Dangerous Weather Conditions to SoCal

    Mandatory evacuations were ordered and a portion of Pacific Coast Highway was closed early Friday as a powerful storm slamming Southern California brought heavy rain and strong winds to the region, triggering mudslides and flooding, and leaving tens of thousands of residents without power. At least eight homes were significantly damaged in the storm, while a second-story balcony completely collapsed from a structure in Long Beach. Multiple vehicles were also damaged as intense downpours and gusty winds toppled trees throughout […]

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    High Surf: 2-Story-High Waves to Pound SoCal Coast

    Southern California beachgoers are being warned to stay out of the water this week when a massive winter storm brings rain, wind and waves as high as 25 feet to the coastline. The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf advisory from the Central Coast to Ventura County lasting from Thursday to Saturday as a Pineapple Express weather system as wide as 400 miles shoots a blast of cold air, rain and wind across the state. “Waves will over-top jetties […]

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Comittee, speaks to reporters about the committee's report on CIA interrogations at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Dec. 9, 2014. (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    CIA’s Bush-Era Interrogation Tactics Were ‘Deeply Flawed,’ Resulted in ‘Fabricated’ Information: Senate Report

    The CIA’s harsh interrogations of terrorist detainees during the Bush era didn’t work, were more brutal than previously revealed and delivered no “ticking time bomb” information that prevented an attack, according to an explosive Senate report released Tuesday. The majority report issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee is a damning condemnation of the tactics — branded by critics as torture — the George W. Bush administration deployed in the fear-laden days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The techniques, […]

  • A fire burned at a downtown L.A. apartment building on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    7-Story Apartment Complex Gutted; Lanes Reopened on 110 After ‘Remarkable Firefight’

    A series of major fires raged for hours in downtown Los Angeles and the nearby Westlake area early Monday, destroying a huge apartment complex that was under construction, bringing more than 250 firefighters to the scene, and shutting down the 101 and 110 freeways. Glass cascaded down around firefighters as they battled the blaze and withstood intense heat radiating off surrounding buildings, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. The dramatic fire was visible for miles and sent a scorched smell […]