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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
  • House Expected to Vote on Obamacare Repeal Bill Thursday

    It’s D-Day for Republicans in their epic quest to kill Obamacare. The House is expected to hold a cliffhanger vote on a repeal bill Thursday as acrimony among GOP lawmakers threatens to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on an objective that has motivated conservative voters for years. Lawmakers worked late into the night Wednesday but were unable to secure a deal to ensure the bill’s passage. President Donald Trump tweeted out a rallying call to supporters on Thursday […]

  • Amid Student Protests, CSU Board of Trustees Votes 11-8 to Approve 5% Tuition Hike, 1st in 6 Years

    After a heated morning of debate and impassioned statements from students, professors and lawmakers, California State University’s Board of Trustees voted 11 to 8 to increase tuition as a way to fill a looming gap in state funding. “I don’t bring this forward with an ounce of joy,” said Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White, addressing the packed meeting chamber. “I bring it with necessity.” Students stood up and shouted “Shameful!” and “Shame, shame, shame.” Dozens of students from across […]

  • Trump Warns GOP to Pass Health Bill or Risk Losing Re-Election

    President Donald Trump is in full arm-twisting mode. In the single biggest political test of his presidency thus far, Trump is looking to carry the Obamacare repeal and replace bill across the finish line. He made a blunt pitch to House Republicans in a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill: You could lose re-election if you don’t vote for this legislation. It was clear, lawmakers said, that Trump was energized by the supporters that had come out for him […]

  • Runners Prepare for Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon

    Runners are beginning to make their final preparations Friday for Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon. Eric Spillman reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on March 17, 2017.

  • No Evidence Obama Wiretapped Trump Last Year, Says House Intel Chair Rep. Devin Nunes

    President Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of his phones ran into headwinds on several fronts Wednesday, as three top Republicans said they’d seen no evidence of the assertion. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said he does not believe Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped him, but said it’s possible Trump communications may have been gathered in “incidental” intelligence collection. “I don’t believe Trump Tower was tapped,” Nunes told reporters Wednesday. “We don’t have any […]

  • Northeast Snowstorm Puts 15 Million Under Blizzard Warning, Grounds West Coast Flights; 4 Weather-Related Deaths Reported

    A nor’easter largely spared New York City and Philadelphia but walloped other parts of the region Tuesday with heavy snow and high winds. The storm is moving from northern parts of New England and upstate New York into Canada. The late-winter storm brought chaos to travel and daily life, forcing cancellations of about 8,800 US flights between Monday and Wednesday. Thousands of schools closed. Connecticut banned highway travel for several hours, and major regional rail traffic was suspended. Five weather-related […]

  • DOJ Officials Ask for More Time to Provide Evidence on Trump Wiretap Claims

    The Department of Justice asked the chairman and vice chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for “additional time” to collect evidence to support President Donald Trump’s accusation that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign. The House Intelligence Committee had set a Monday deadline for the agency to provide the evidence, a source familiar with the matter has told CNN, and has sent letters throughout the intelligence community this week to obtain records related to […]

  • Republican Leaders Meet With Trump to Discuss Health Care Plan

    Still fewer than five days old, the House Republican bill to repeal Obamacare has an uncertain legislative path ahead. And no small part of the blame goes to President Donald Trump. Competing interests among Republicans threaten to derail the party’s urgent mission of gutting the Affordable Care Act. After publicly endorsing the bill developed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders, Trump and some of his top officials held a flurry of closed-door meetings this week with critics […]

  • Attorneys, Activists Respond to Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

    In the days after President Donald Trump’s first travel ban was introduced on January 27, clients streamed into Neha Vyas’ Seattle law office. Some just wanted to hear a reassuring voice. She was a lawyer, counselor and therapist all in one. And she herself was panicked. At times, she wondered how she could advise clients under what she said seemed to be conditions of “complete and utter chaos” created by Trump’s executive orders. Trump introduced the second iteration of his […]