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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    2nd Day of Protests in L.A. Follow Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: Demonstrators March to LAPD Headquarters

    For the second straight day, protests over the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old spilled into Los Angeles streets and temporarily forced the complete closure of a downtown freeway. Demonstrations had been planned for the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the campuses of USC and UCLA, and Leimert Park in South L.A. About 4 p.m., hundreds could be seen walking with signs through South L.A. Protesters shut down multiple intersections along […]

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    Rivalry Between USC Trojans, UCLA Bruins Continues Before Teams Face-Off at Rose Bowl

    Rivalries between the University of Southern California’s Trojans and University of California, Los Angeles’ Bruins continued to heat up before the teams played against one another at the Rose Bowl Saturday. Eric Spillman reports from USC for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

  • Strong winds toppled a tree onto a Ford Mustang in Canoga Park on Nov. 17, 2014. No one was inside the vehicle at the time. (Credit: KTLA)

    Amid Red Flag Warning, Strong Santa Ana Winds Fan Flames, Trigger Power Outages in SoCal

    A Red Flag warning remained in effect in parts of Southern California for a second straight day as strong, gusty winds toppled trees, downed power lines and prompted concerns over increased fire danger. The National Weather Service issued the warning in areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as winds with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour in the mountain areas and up to 40 miles per hour were forecast to hit the region on Monday. Fierce winds, […]

  • A boater is rescued near Point Hueneme on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

    Caught on Video: Boaters Rescued After Vessel Overturns Near Point Hueneme

    A dramatic rescue was captured on video as two people were pulled from the water after their boat overturned near Point Hueneme Sunday morning. Coast Guard officials received a call for help regarding the boaters, who were spotted in the water near their overturned vessel at about 7 a.m. A rescue helicopter was sent and crews were able to find the partially submerged vessel and the two boaters, who were not wearing life jackets, according to a U.S. Coast Guard news […]

  • Getty House is shown on Nov. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Water Usage at Los Angeles Mayor’s Getty House Faces Scrutiny

    After the L.A. Weekly reported the mayor’s residence uses five times the water that an average home in Los Angeles consumes, Mayor Eric Garcetti responded Friday by pointing to the number of public events at the home and said his private residence is a small part of the property. In an email, Garcetti’s spokesman said water use has actually declined at Getty House even as it is used for about 50 events per year — more frequently than in past. Irrigation systems […]

  • A 70-year-old passenger died after a suspected street racing crash in Paramount on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, authorities said. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspected Street Racing Crash in Paramount Leaves 70-Year-Old Passenger Dead; 1 Driver Sought

    Authorities on Thursday were searching for one of two drivers involved in a suspected street racing crash in Paramount that left a 70-year-old woman dead and others injured, officials said. The five-vehicle collision occurred shortly before 7:25 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Somerset Boulevard (map), according to Lt. Eric Lindblom of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Two black Chevy trucks were racing northbound on Orange when they entered the intersection, the Sheriff’s Department said. One […]

  • At least one person died after a suspected street racing crash triggered a five-vehicle pile-up in Paramount. (Credit: KTLA)

    One Dead, Two Critical After Apparent Street Racing Crash in Paramount

    Street racing was suspected Wednesday night in a deadly five-vehicle collision at an intersection in Paramount. It happened around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Somerset Boulevard. Two black Chevy trucks were believed to be street racing in the north bound lanes of Orange Avenue as they approached the intersection, according to Lt. Eric Lindblom with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lakewood station. One of the trucks made it through the intersection untouched. However, the second […]

  • History could be made on Nov. 12, 2014, if a spacecraft lands on a comet. (Credit: European Space Agency)

    Rosetta Mission: History Made as Philae Probe Successfully Lands on Comet’s Surface

    The comet probe Philae may have bounced when it landed, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Wednesday. It is the first time a soft landing has been achieved on a comet — but there was a hitch. Comet 67P has a very weak gravity, so anchoring harpoons were designed to shoot into the comet to fix the spacecraft to the surface. They failed to fire and Philae is not firmly secure, ESA says. Philae lander manager Stephan Ulamec said the […]

  • Some 2,000 American Flags place at the Field of Valor in Covina for Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Veterans Day Events Across SoCal Honor Military Service

    As veterans across the nation were being honored for their service to this country Tuesday, several Veterans Day events were scheduled to be held in Southern California. They involved everything from a parade to special tours of historic battleships. In Covina, throngs of Veterans Day observers gathered at Sierra Vista Middle School, where 2,000 flags have been placed for the third annual Field of Valor. The event, hosted by The Covina Rotary Club, is a way of saying “thank you” […]