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
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    Conflicted Gov. Jerry Brown Signs End of Life Option Act

    Caught between conflicting moral arguments, Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, signed a measure Monday allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. Brown appeared to struggle in deciding whether to approve the bill, whose opponents included the Catholic Church. “In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” Brown wrote in a signing message. “I do […]

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    Archbishop Jose Gomez Issues Statement on California’s ‘Right To Die’ Law

    Statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown’s Signing of AB2X-15 Most Reverend José H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles October 5, 2015 Governor Brown’s decision to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves is deeply disturbing. This is the wrong decision for California. How wrong this decision is will be measured in the lives that will be lost in the years to come — the lives of poor people, the elderly, the disabled and those who are dependent on public […]

  • Charlene Stennis takes her son Christian Hoo-Fong from a fireman after being stranded in a vehicle by flood water Oct. 4, 2015, in Columbia, South Carolina. (Credit: Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

    9th Person Killed After ‘1,000-Year Storm’ Hits South Carolina

    The rain may finally be subsiding in South Carolina, but the danger is far from over. Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that more evacuations are likely as floodwaters rise in spots, and authorities warned of the danger of roads that look OK on the surface but that may have been undermined by raging waters. “We can’t let our guard down. Conditions are still dangerous out there,” South Carolina Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith said at a news conference. […]

  • Police officers stand guard outside the apartment building where the alleged Umpqua Community College gunman, Chris Harper Mercer, lived in Winchester outside Roseburg, Oregon, on Oct. 2, 2015. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Oregon Gunman Was Enrolled in Class Where He Opened Fire, Authorities Say

    The man who gunned down nine people at an Oregon community college was enrolled in the class where the fatal shootings occurred, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Friday. At an earlier news conference, Hanlin identified the nine dead, who range in age from 18 to 67: Lucero Alcaraz, 19 Treven Taylor Anspach, 20 Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18 Quinn Glen Cooper, 18 Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59 Lucas Eibel, 18 Jason Dale Johnson, 33 Lawrence Levine, 67 (teacher) Sarena Dawn Moore, […]

  • People hold candles during a vigil in Roseburg, Oregon, on Oct. 1, 2015, for the people killed and wounded in a shooting at a community college.  (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Umpqua College Shooting: Students Hid Behind Backpacks, Chairs

    Cassandra Welding said the teacher had left the classroom at Umpqua Community College when she and the other students heard a loud noise. “It sounded like a book being dropped or a table that fell down,” she said Friday morning on CNN’s “New Day.” A student opened the classroom door to see what had happened. She was shot in the arm and abdomen and collapsed in the doorway, Welding said. The students recoiled in horror, she said, but one of […]

  • A parking ticket is seen on the windshield of a FedEx truck in San Francisco in this file photo. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Fighting Traffic Tickets in California Gets Easier Under New Law

    Californians will be allowed to challenge most routine traffic tickets without having to first pay the contested fines under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure, which takes effect immediately, was one of 37 bills signed by the governor Wednesday. Others help homeless youths get high school degrees and allow early release for some terminally ill jail inmates. The bill on traffic tickets is in response to widespread complaints that the current system lacks due […]

  • A bill vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown would have allowed all motorists, outside of commuting hours, to use carpool lanes on the 134 Freeway from North Hollywood to Pasadena, and on the 210 Freeway from Pasadena to Glendora. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

    Gov. Brown Vetoes Off-Hours Use of Carpool Lanes on Two L.A. Freeways

    Acting on a spate of bills affecting California motorists, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure Monday that would have opened carpool lanes on two major Los Angeles County freeways to wider use during off-peak hours. The bill would have allowed all motorists, outside of commuting hours, to use carpool lanes on the 134 Freeway from North Hollywood to Pasadena, and on the 210 Freeway from Pasadena to Glendora. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), who filed the bill, noted that Caltrans has […]

  • In a major finding, NASA says there is "strong evidence" liquid water flows on the surface of Mars. (Credit: NASA)

    Liquid Water Exists on Mars, Boosting Hopes for Life There, NASA Says

    Potentially life-giving water still flows across the ancient surface of Mars from time to time, NASA scientists said Monday in revealing a potential breakthrough in both the search for life beyond Earth and human hopes to one day travel there. While the discovery doesn’t by itself offer evidence of life on Mars, either past or present, it does boost hopes that the harsh landscape still offers some refuge for microbes to cling to existence. “The existence of liquid water, even […]

  • A bystander's video shows a violent altercation involving two male students at Huntington Beach High School.

    Huntington Beach High Student Arrested for Allegedly Beating Visually Impaired Teen; Video of Incident Goes Viral

    A male Huntington Beach High School student has been arrested after allegedly beating a visually impaired boy in an incident that was captured on video by a bystander, police announced Thursday. Footage showing part of the confrontation, which ended when a third boy knocked the suspected assailant to the ground, went viral after it was posted online. The incident began about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and initially involved two students who “know each other and have a history of not getting […]