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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  • President-elect Donald Trump walks through the lobby of the New York Times following a meeting with editors at the paper on November 22, 2016 in New York City. Trump, who has held meetings with media executives over the last few days, has often had a tense relationship with many mainstream media outlets. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Trump Promises to ‘Remove’ Himself From Business, Avoid Conflicts of Interest

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  • Former US Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao arrives at Trump Tower on another day of meetings scheduled with President-elect Donald Trump on November 21, 2016 in New York. / AFP / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez (Credit: EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley addresses a Newsmaker Luncheon at the National Press Club September 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. (Credit: DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Mitt Romney arrives for meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 19, 2016. (Credit: Pool)

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  • Mitt Romney speaks at the Washington Ideas Forum on Sept. 30, 2015, left. Donald Trump speaks at his Mar-A-Lago Club on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Palm Beach, Florida. (Credit: left, Win McNamee/Getty Images; right, John Moore/Getty Images)

    Donald Trump to Meet With Mitt Romney This Weekend on Possible Cabinet Role

    President-elect Donald Trump will meet this weekend with one of his fiercest critics: 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, a senior Republican source told CNN on Thursday. The two men are set to meet this weekend to discuss “governing moving forward” and potentially a role for Romney in Trump’s Cabinet, the source said. The source declined to specify for which Cabinet positions Romney is under consideration. The meeting is the latest in a series of Trump’s conversations and encounters with Republicans […]

  • President-elect trump tours the US Capitol with Mitch McConnell (Credit: POOL)

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  • President Obama holds a news conference at the White House on Nov. 14, 2016. (Credit: CNN)

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