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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
  • A weapons cache confiscated from the home of a 17-year-old who allegedly threatened to shoot up his Whittier-area high school is shown at a sheriff's news conference on Feb. 21, 2018. (Credit: Steve Kuzj / KTLA)

    Weapons Found After School Safety Officer Helps Thwart Alleged School Shooting Plot at High School in Whittier Area: Sheriff

    A recent threat to commit a shooting at El Camino High School in South Whittier was thwarted thanks to a safety officer who overheard the “disgruntled” student and alerted authorities, and a cache of weapons was found at the teen’s home, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday. The incident took place last Friday, just two days after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead. Deputies from the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station […]

  • A encampment is shown along the Santa Ana River trail on the border of Fountain Valley and Santa Ana. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    Judge Gives Permission for Officials to Begin Clearing Homeless Out of Santa Ana Riverbed

    A crowd of homeless people, wearing hoodies and woolen hats in the morning cold, lined up along the Santa Ana River trail early Tuesday to collect motel vouchers before having to leave Orange County’s largest homeless camp. As they inched forward to an area manned by county officials, workers tried to answer questions and took notes to steer people like Michael Parenteau, 67, who has lived on the streets for 15 years, to services including housing, healthcare and transportation. “I’m […]

  • Nikolas Cruz appears on court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Feb. 19, 2018. (Credit: CNN)

    Florida High School Shooter Obtained at Least 10 Rifles, Law Enforcement Source Says

    As investigators track the gun purchases of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz, dozens of students and staff from the site of the massacre will board buses late Tuesday, bound for the state capital. In Tallahassee, they hope to talk to legislators about school safety and gun control on Wednesday, determined to ensure that the deaths of their 17 classmates and teachers last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland bring about change. School walkouts and a march are scheduled in […]

  • People visit a makeshift memorial setup in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 18, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Students Mobilize, Call for Gun Control in Wake of Florida School Shooting

    The weekend didn’t make things any easier for students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: Parents had to lay teen children to rest; the family who had taken in shooter Nikolas Cruz said they didn’t know they were living with a “monster;” and a tweet from President Donald Trump seemed to infuriate an already-angry student body. The students promised action. They’re headed to Tallahassee, Florida, to speak to legislators about school safety and gun control this week, and they have […]

  • Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he allegedly killed 17 people, is seen on a closed circuit television screen during a bond hearing in front of Broward Judge Kim Mollica at the Broward County Courthouse on Feb. 15, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Credit: Susan Stocker - Pool/Getty Images)

    Suspected Florida Shooter Had ‘Very, Very Disturbing’ Online Profile, Sheriff Says

    On social media, Nikolas Cruz did not appear to be a peaceful man. He made quite clear his desire to perpetrate the exact type of violence of which he now stands accused. Before he allegedly committed one of the worst mass shootings in US history at a Parkland, Florida, high school on Wednesday, police officials say Cruz wrote social media posts so threatening he was reported to the FBI. He hurled slurs at blacks and Muslims, and according to the Anti-Defamation […]

  • FBI Says It Investigated YouTube Threat After Receiving a Tip but Couldn’t Link It to Individual

    The FBI was warned in September about a possible school shooting threat from a YouTube user with the same name as the suspect in Wednesday’s campus massacre in Parkland, Florida, according to a video blogger. Ben Bennight, the 36-year-old YouTube video blogger from Mississippi, noticed in September an alarming comment on a video he’d posted. He told CNN he immediately contacted the FBI. “Im going to be a professional school shooter,” read the comment, left by a user with the […]

  • U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats prepares to deliver remarks on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    U.S. Intel Chief Dan Coats Says Risk of Global Conflict Is Highest Since Cold War

    US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned Tuesday that the current risk of a global conflict is higher than at any time since the end of the Cold War. “The risk of interstate conflict, including among great powers, is higher than at any time since the end of the Cold War,” Coats told lawmakers during a hearing on worldwide threats before the Senate Intelligence Committee. “The most immediate threats of regional interstate conflict in the next year come from […]

  • US President Donald Trump looks on during a meeting with Don Bouvet, who has been battling cancer in the Oval Office of the White House, February 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

    Trump’s Long-Awaited Infrastructure Plan Relies on Local, State and Private Spending

    President Trump finally unveiled his long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday. The 53-page document lays out his vision: To turn $200 billion in federal money into $1.5 trillion for fixing America’s infrastructure by leveraging local and state tax dollars and private investment. “For too long, lawmakers have invested in infrastructure inefficiently, ignored critical needs, and allowed it to deteriorate. As a result, the United States has fallen further and further behind other countries,” Trump’s message read. “It is time to give Americans the […]

  • President Donald Trump speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

    Trump Signs Spending Bill, Ending Brief Shutdown

    President Donald Trump signed a spending bill Friday morning to keep the government operating after some brief uncertainty about when he would do so. “Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” Trump tweeted after signing the legislation. He then tweeted: “Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do […]