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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.


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  • Airport police detain a man in a Zorro costume at LAX on Aug. 28, 2016. (Credit: Sam Macon)

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  • Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign even at Truckee Meadows Community College on August 25, 2016 in Reno, Nevada. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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  • Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with Jimmy Kimmel on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live on Aug. 22, 2016 (Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers opening remarks during a meeting with law enforcement officials at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, August 18, 2016 in New York City. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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  • A cracked road in North Hollywood is seen in this image taken on Aug. 18, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

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  • Firefighters monitor the Blue Cut fire traveling on the side of Lytle Creek Road on Aug. 17, 2016. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    Blue Cut Fire Near Cajon Pass Downgraded to 25,600 Plus Acres; Nearly 83,000 Remain Evacuated

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  • A welcome back to school sign greeted returning students outside an LAUSD school. (Credit: KTLA)

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