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
  • Family provided this photo of 3-year-old Angelina Reed (left) and 22-year-old Angel Reed, who they say died during a fire at an Inglewood apartment on Jan. 29, 2015.

    Mother, 3-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Inglewood Apartment Fire

    Family of a 22-year-old mother and her 3-year-old daughter say the two were killed early Thursday morning when a fire ripped through a 17-unit apartment in Inglewood. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire in the 600 block of Queens Street (map) around 2:30 a.m., L.A. County Fire Inspector Randall Wright said. About 55 firefighters worked nearly an hour to knock down the two-alarm blaze. Two females died, according to the coroner’s office, which did not provide age estimates or […]

  • Abel Castellanos is seen in photo provided to KTLA by his daughter.

    Community Mourns Monterey Park Crossing Guard’s Death

    A 76-year-old crossing guard who was fatally struck by a car near two schools in Monterey Park was mourned by the community on Wednesday. Abel Flores Castellanos was sitting in a folding chair at the corner of Garfield and Elmgate avenues Tuesday around 3:40 p.m. when a driver lost control of his 2004 Ford Mustang — possibly swerving to avoid another vehicle — then jumped the curb and hit him, according to the Monterey Park Police Department and the California Highway […]

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    Separated At Birth: Eddie Redmayne and Eric Spillman’s Son?

    Relatives often joke that my son Ben looks a tiny bit like Eddie Redmayne, star of “The Theory of Everything.”  I don’t think they really do look much like each other, except for the hair. Sam brought up the “resemblance” during Eddie’s visit to the KTLA Morning News.

  • Waves broke part of a seawall in Marshfield, Massachusetts, during the 2015 Blizzard.
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    Snow Keeps Falling; Flooding Feared as New England Battles Blizzard

    Massive waves crashed along the Massachusetts coast Tuesday evening as stormy weather walloped New England, flooding homes, burying cars and snarling travel throughout the region. “We’re still very much in the middle of this storm. … It’s not the time for anyone to relax or be complacent,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh warned at an afternoon briefing, describing drivers stranded on snowy roads in his city. The hardest-hit area — Auburn, Massachuetts — got 32.5 inches of snow. And it hasn’t […]

  • A US Airways jet is de-iced prior to takeoff at Laguardia Airport on January 26, 2015 in New York City. (Credit: Getty Images)

    Blizzard of 2015: Thousands of Flights Canceled as ‘Historic’ Storm Moves Into Northeast

    Snow is falling at a faster rate. Wind gusts are getting stronger. And temperatures are frigid. It may not look bad yet, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday night, but it will be soon. “This is literally the calm before the storm. It’s about to start in earnest,” de Blasio said. “And when it does, it’s going to come in very fast and very hard, and people have to be very, very careful. People have to stay off […]

  • A gunman was fatally shot by sheriff`s deputies Wednesday after a K-9 was fatally wounded in a standoff at a Riverside County home, authorities said.

    Riverside County Standoff: Deputies Shoot, Kill Suspect After K-9 is Fatally Wounded

    A police K-9 officer was mourned Thursday after being fatally shot during a police standoff in the Hemet area that ended in deputies killing the gunman. The incident began about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, when deputies responded to San Jacinto Street and Clark Drive (map) following a report that a wanted felon had been seen in the area, according to a Thursday news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Upon arrival, the deputies were informed that the suspect was last […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

    State of the Union: Obama Declares Victory Over Economic Recovery

    It took six grueling years. But finally, Barack Obama took the chance to look the American people in the eye and declare job done. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night — more a lofty campaign style rallying call than a traditional plodding policy lecture — Obama declared he had delivered on what voters first elected him to do: conquering a “vicious” economic crisis and ending ground wars in the Middle East. “Tonight, we turn the page,” the […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

    State of the Union: President Obama ‘Tonight We Turn the Page’

    President Barack Obama made a feisty pitch for economic populism in his penultimate State of the Union Tuesday night, touting the improving economy on his watch and making the case that government has a role in ensuring equal opportunity for all. Obama began his speech at 6:10 p.m. in front of a joint session of the House and Senate, declaring that “the shadow of crisis has passed, and the state of the union is strong.” “At this moment — with […]

  • A Cuban gives the thumbs up from his balcony decorated with the US and Cuban flags in Havana, on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (Credit: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

    Obama Administration Eases Cuba Travel, Trade Restrictions

    Americans will face fewer obstacles in traveling to Cuba under new regulations announced by the Obama administration on Thursday, continuing a promise to thaw relations with the country the President started last month. While short of lifting the decades-old U.S. embargo on the island, a move that would require congressional approval, the administration’s new rules on travel and trade will likely herald a new era in ties between the two countries. Under the softened regulations whose details were outlined in […]