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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    Killing of Teen Girls in Park Was Gang Motivated, and Suspects Knew Victims: Chief Beck

    The young men who were charged with killing two teen girls in a Montecito Heights park knew their victims and were “motivated by hatred between gangs,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. The defendants were identified in a five-count criminal complaint against them as 17-year-old Dallas Stone Pineda, also known as “Trippy,” and 18-year-old Jose Antonio Echeverria, aka “Klepto.” They knew their victims, Briana Nicole Gallegos, 17, and Gabriela Calzada, 19, Beck said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. “This is […]

  • Briana Gallegos, left, and Gabriela Calzada are seen photos posted on their respective Facebook pages.

    Arrest Made in Double Homicide of Teen Girls at Debs Park in Montecito Heights

    An arrest has been made in the deaths of two teen girls who were found killed in a Montecito Heights park in October, a source within the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday, confirming the suspect’s mother’s statements to KTLA. The bodies of Briana Nicole Gallegos, 17, and Gabriela Calzada, 19, were discovered on Oct. 28 near a hiking trail in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. In mid-November, several people were detained and questioned when search warrants were served in connection […]

  • Dr. Angela Rocha (L), pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital, examines Ludmilla Hadassa Dias de Vasconcelos (2 months), who has microcephaly, on January 26, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Pregnant Women Should Protect Themselves From Partners Who Visit Zika-Affected Areas: CDC

    [Breaking news update, posted at 2:43 p.m.] The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday updated its Zika virus guidance for pregnant women, advising each to protect herself if her male sexual partner has traveled to or lives in an area where virus is circulating. “Until we know more… you should abstain from sex or use condoms the right way every time,” the CDC says. The update comes a day after the CDC confirmed the virus in a person […]

  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are seen in images provided by CNN.

    Iowa Caucus Results: Clinton Declares Victory; Trump Loses to Cruz

    Hillary Clinton declared victory early Tuesday morning in a razor-thin contest against Bernie Sanders in Iowa. But Democratic party officials have not yet declared a winner. “Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus,” the Clinton campaign said. “After thorough reporting — and analysis — of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates.” The state party indicated in a separate statement that it was not ready to make a call. “The […]

  • High surf battered the Redondo Beach Pier on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (Credit: Mike Galliano)

    High Surf, Strong Winds Batter SoCal Coast; Surf Advisories in Effect

    High surf and strong winds have battered the Southern California coast recently, prompting several high surf advisories that were still in effect Monday. The powerful waves prompted officials to close both the Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach piers Sunday afternoon. Video shot by Mike Galliano showed the waves sweeping along the Redondo Beach Pier as spectators stood on the structure Sunday. A lone surfer being tossed around by the large surf could also be seen in the video. Both piers were reopened Monday morning although […]

  • Nooshafarin Ravaghi, left, and Hossein Nayeri, right, had some kind of personal relationship, sheriff's investigators say. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    ESL Teacher Arrested in Jailbreak Had ‘Close, Personal Relationship’ With Escaped Inmate: OCSD

    An English as a second language teacher who worked at the Orange County Men’s Central Jail and is accused of aiding in the escape of three inmates had some sort of personal relationship with one of the men, authorities said Friday. Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of being an accessory to a felony, “the felony being the escape from jail,” said Lt. Jeff Hallock, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. She was believed to […]

  • Nooshafarian Ravaghi is shown in a photo distributed by OCSD on Jan. 28, 2016.

    ESL Teacher Who Works at Jail Arrested on Suspicion of Helping Inmates Escape: OCSD

    A female English as a second language teacher who works at the Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana is among more than 10 people arrested in connection with the escape of three Orange County inmates, authorities announced Thursday. Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, of Lake Forest, was arrested Thursday afternoon and was believed to have provided “critical planning tools,” Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock said at a news conference. Ravaghi is a contract ESL teacher for the Rancho Santiago Community College […]

  • The mosquito Aedes Aegypti as seen through a microscope. The main culprit in the spread of Zika as well as other viruses. (Credit: Miguel Castro/CNN)

    Zika Virus Outbreak: Airlines Refunding Tickets to Latin America

    Airlines are starting to offer refunds to passengers who have booked flights to countries in central and south America caught up in the Zika virus outbreak. The relatively new mosquito-borne virus is connected with a neurological disorder that results in babies being born with abnormally small heads. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika or medicine to treat the infection. British Airways said pregnant customers with flights to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, or to Mexico City […]

  • The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released these photos of Jonathan Tieu, left, Hossein Nayeri, middle, and Bac Duong, right, on Jan. 23, 2016.

    O.C. Jail Escape Reward Quadruples to $200,000 as Anxiety Grows in SoCal

    With three dangerous jail escapees still on the loose, the anxiety in parts of Southern California is growing. “I’m scared because these people are dangerous, and they may grab you or try to take your car,” said a woman in the city of Westminster who would only identify herself as Carmen. “You just don’t know what they are going to do.” About 10 miles east, Santa Ana gas station employee Mike Murched waited nervously for news about the fugitives, who […]