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
  • A man works with sprinklers in this file photo. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

    California Water Usage Dropped 27% in June, but Some Water Districts Didn’t Meet Expectations

    While Californians statewide received praise after the State Water Resources Control Board stated Thursday that water usage had dropped 27 percent in June, other water districts – including El Monte and the Coachella Valley – missed its targets by double digits. Eric Spillman reports from El Monte for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Friday, July 31, 2015.

  • Rain and hail brought traffic to a stop on the 14 Freeway on July 30, 2015. (Credit: First In)

    Rain, Hail Pound 14 Freeway; Flash Flood Warnings Issued Around SoCal

    Heavy rain and hail brought traffic to a stop for a while on the 14 Freeway in Acton Thursday as thunderstorms made their way across Southern California. Flash flood warnings were issued for parts of north central Los Angeles County, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, where thunderstorms could bring as much as 1 to 2 inches of rainfall per hour, according to the National Weather Service. The warnings were extended until 10 p.m. as forecasters predicted the possibility of heavy rain, ground […]

  • Dangerous rip currents on Tuesday prompted a mass rescue operation in Venice where at least 28 swimmers were pulled from the water. (Credit: LACFD Lifeguards)

    Amid Warning of Strong Rip Currents, Lifeguards Rescue Hundreds at L.A. County Beaches

    Lifeguards rescued more than 400 swimmers at L.A. County beaches on Tuesday, including 18 in a “blitz” rescue off Venice Beach, as the region was hit by a combination of high surf and strong rip currents. The blitz rescue occurred Tuesday afternoon after dangerous rip currents rolled into the area, catching many swimmers and surfers in the ocean off guard. “Within minutes of seeing that, the lifeguards kind of went on high alert and all of a sudden there was […]

  • From left: The men killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tennessee, were identified as U.S. Marines Squire K. "Skip" Wells, Carson Holmquist, David Wyatt and Randall Smith. (Photos via Facebook)

    Officials Identify 4 Marines Killed by Gunman in Tennessee

    The four joined the Marines to serve their country, willing to go to dangerous lands out of a sense of duty, idealism and patriotism. And three of them did so, risking their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ultimately, the men died together in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Authorities are still trying to piece together why Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez killed the four at a Navy operational center in the southeastern Tennessee city, which is thousands of miles from any war zone. Terrorism is […]

  • Kaene Dean, 26, is seen in a booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Deputies Find Missing Girl Locked in Sex Offender’s Garage in Santa Clarita

    A girl reported missing by her parents in Santa Clarita on Tuesday was found locked in the garage of a home where a convicted sex offender lived with his parents, authorities revealed on Wednesday. The girl’s parents reported her missing to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Tuesday evening when they were unable to locate her, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Due to her age, she was considered a “critical missing person,” […]

  • Chris Brown returns home on July 15, 2015, some two hours after his Tarzana home was robbed. (Credit: Mike McGregor/ KTLA)

    Chris Brown’s Tarzana Home Is Robbed by Up to 5 Men While Aunt Is Home Alone: Police

    Two months after an alleged stalker broke into singer Chris Brown’s Agoura Hills home, his Tarzana residence was robbed and ransacked by as many as five men while his aunt was home alone early Wednesday, police said. The singer was not home when the men robbed the residence, located in the 19600 block of Citrus Ridge Drive (map), around 2 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Brown’s aunt was home alone at the time, heard a commotion and went […]

  • Vice President Joe Biden, left, stands alongside President Barack Obama as he speaks on July 15, 2015, about a nuclear agreement reached with Iran. (Credit: CNN)

    U.S., International Community Reach Nuclear Agreement With Iran After 2 Years of Negotiations

    After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators have reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East. Representatives of Iran, the United States and the other nations involved in the marathon talks were holding a final meeting in Vienna on Tuesday. Obama praised the […]

  • Mexico's Attorney General released a recent photo of escapee Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on July 13, 2015.

    ‘El Chapo’ Prison Break: Mexico Offers $3.8 Million Reward for Capture

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s whereabouts are anyone’s guess. And the clock is ticking. The leader of the Sinaloa cartel stepped into a shower at the maximum security prison in Almoloya de Juárez, crawled through a hole and vanished through a mile-long tunnel apparently built just for him. That was Saturday night. By early Tuesday morning — despite a $3.8 million reward — there was still no sign of Guzman. The first 72 hours (after the escape) are extraordinarily important here,” […]

  • A semitrailer struck a fire hydrant in Glassell Park on Thursday, July 9, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Rescued From Flooded Building After Semitrailer Shears Fire Hydrant in Glassell Park

    A man who uses a wheelchair was rescued Thursday by firefighters after he became trapped inside a building when a nearby sheared fire hydrant created a geyser that flooded the building and cause its roof to collapse. The incident began about 4:29 a.m. in the 3100 block of San Fernando Road in Glassell Park, where a big rig clipped a hydrant while the driver was attempting to make a U-turn, said Sgt. Phil Tamez of the Los Angeles Police Department. Water soared high […]