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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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  • Vegetation burns on June 20, 2016, above Duarte. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Extreme heat was expected to hit Southern California just in time for the official start of summer on June 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

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  • FBI agents investigate near the damaged rear wall of the Pulse nightclub where a gunman killed at least 50 people on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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  • Orlando police officers seen outside of Pulse nightclub after a fatal shooting and hostage situation on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Credit: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

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  • People hold candles during an evening memorial service for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, June 13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a primary night rally at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on June 7, 2016, in New York City. President Barack Obama endorses Clinton in a video released June 9, 2016. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images; Hillary for America)

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