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 tree fell on a truck after wild weather hit the Inland Empire on Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Dangerous Storm’ Brings Rain, Lightning and Flooding to Parts of SoCal; Possible Funnel Cloud Spotted

    As the region suffered through a fourth day of triple-digit temperatures, wild weather swept through parts of Southern California late Tuesday afternoon, causing flooding and damage in areas of the Inland Empire. Southwestern Riverside County and eastern Orange County — including Riverside, Temecula, Corona, Hemet and Mission Viejo — were among the areas affected by the sudden summer storm, which included heavy rain, lightning and hail in the afternoon hours. One of the areas hardest hit by the severe weather […]

  • A man cools off by pouring water on himself. Health officials are urging people to take precautions to keep cool this weekend as a heat wave is expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to parts of Southern California. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. Heat Wave: Medical Emergencies Expected to Spike This Weekend

    A heat wave that’s forecast to bear down on the Los Angeles region this weekend is likely to bring not only a heightened threat of wildfires but also a spike in medical emergencies. “People overestimate their abilities and underestimate the danger of the heat,” said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Related Content: List of Where to Find Southern California Cooling Centers The heat wave is expected to ramp up starting Friday and bring triple-digit temperatures across the region, possibly […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014, in Washington, DC. Vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist," Obama pledged to lead a broad coalition to fight IS and work with "partner forces" on the ground in Syria and Iraq. (Credit: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

    Obama to Send 475 Service Members to Iraq in Non-Combat Role; Airstrikes Against ISIS Planned

    It’s time to go after ISIS in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said Wednesday night in a nationally televised address intended to sell stepped-up military efforts to a war-weary public. Obama said the United States would expand its airstrikes against the Sunni jihadists in Iraq to target them across the border in Syria. “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” he said. “That means I will not hesitate […]

  • Authorities arrested nine people and seized tens of millions of dollars as part of and investigation into suspected money laundering related to drug trafficking. (Credit: Department of Justice)

    Millions in Cash Found in L.A. Fashion District Takedown of Alleged Drug-Money Laundering Operations

    In an early morning raid in Los Angeles’ Fashion District, some 1,000 federal and local law enforcement officers searched dozens of locations and made arrests at various businesses Wednesday in connection with investigations into alleged money laundering schemes linked to Mexican and other international drug cartels. Los Angeles has turned into the “epicenter” of such drug money laundering operations, federal officials said in discussing what they referred to as “Operation Fashion Police.” Aerial video from Sky5 showed agents rushing into businesses across the […]

  • Flash flooding washed a portion of Interstate 15 away Monday, September 9, 2014, near the community of Glendale, Nevada, taking many vehicles with it. (Credit: Nevada HIghway Patrol)

    2 Dead as Flash Floods Slam Arizona, Nevada

    Flash floods that slammed parts of the southwestern United States are now blamed for two deaths. A woman in Arizona was swept away by water when she and her husband tried to drive through a flooded area on Monday, and the vehicle was picked up by the water, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said. Both exited the vehicle, and the man, 69, made it to safety, but his wife, 76, was unable to. Another Arizona woman was killed after her […]

  • Investigators remained on the scene hours after a man involved in a domestic violence call was shot and killed by LAPD officers. (Credit: KTLA)

    Husband Allegedly Shot Wife Before Being Killed in Shootout With LAPD Officers: Police

    A man was shot and killed after he opened fire on police officers who were responding to a domestic violence call in the Vermont Knolls area of South Los Angeles on Monday, authorities said. Officers initially responded to the 8100 block of South Budlong Avenue (map) around 2 a.m. after a woman said she was shot while talking with a 911 dispatcher, according to Deputy Chief Bob Green with the Los Angeles Police Department. The dispatcher heard the sound of […]

  • A picture of the cobra shortly before it was caught in Thousand Oaks on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Potentially Deadly Cobra Caught After Several Days on the Loose in Thousand Oaks

    A possibly venomous snake that has been on the loose after reportedly biting a dog in Thousand Oaks was finally caught on Thursday. Until its capture, the albino monocled cobra had eluded officials since it was last sighted in the 1300 block of Rancho Lane (map) earlier this week, according to officials with the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control. Monocled cobras are considered “venomous and very dangerous,” according to officials. Its venom can cause paralysis and stop people […]

  • Islamic State released video on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, claiming to have executed U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff. (Credit: CNN)

    Obama Responds to Video of ISIS Beheading Journalist Steven Sotloff: ‘Justice Will Be Served’

    The United States will pursue the killers of two American journalists “to the gates of hell,” Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday. “As a nation, we are united, and when people harm Americans, we don’t retreat, we don’t forget,” he said at an appearance in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “We take care of those who are grieving. And when that’s finished, they should know we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice because hell […]

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    Garcetti’s Proposed $13.25 Minimum Wage Hike Met With Resistance by Some Business Leaders

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti discussed his proposed minimum wage hike on the KTLA 5 Morning Show on Tuesday. Under Garcetti’s proposal, which he announced Monday, the minimum wage would go up from $9 to $13.25 an hour by 2017. “We’re the least affordable city in the nation now for housing… more than 50 percent of their income goes to rent. Then you have to decide between medicines and clothes for your kids to school,” Garcetti said. “So we see […]