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
  • Shenae Irene Dixon is shown in a photo released by the Long Beach Police Department on Oct. 31, 2014.

    Mother of 2 Toddlers Found Wandering Alone in Long Beach Is Arrested

    The mother of two toddlers who were found wandering along on a sidewalk in Long Beach had “endangered and abandoned her children” and was placed under arrest, investigators said Friday, hours after the woman was found. Shenae Irene Dixon, 23, was identified as the mother of the boys on Friday morning, when police asked the public for help finding her. Dixon was located in good health, the Long Beach Police Department announced on Twitter at about 2 p.m. Dixon was found […]

  • Police were seeking help identifying these two boys, found alone in Long Beach on Oct. 30, 2014.  (Credit: Long Beach Police Department)

    2 Toddlers Found Alone in Long Beach; Police Seek Help IDing Boys, Finding Family

    Two toddlers were found in Long Beach without any accompanying adults Thursday morning, and police asked for help identifying them and finding their family members. Surveillance video from a liquor store captured the toddlers as they being led down the sidewalk along Atlantic Avenue around 8:45 a.m. by an unidentified woman. Just minutes later, the African-American boys, aged approximately 1 and 2, were found all alone by a passer-by at Atlantic Avenue and 60th Street (map), according to a Long […]

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    1 Year After Fatal LAX Shooting, Officers’ Union Says Security Gaps Remain

    One year after a gunman shot and killed a TSA officer and wounded three other people at Los Angeles International Airport, the union that represents the facility’s police officers and firefighters said few safety improvements have been made and that the likelihood of a similar incident is high. “No other airport in this country has split policing like LAX’s dangerously disjointed model of having” airport police supplemented by LAPD officers, the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association said Thursday in […]

  • Officer Shaun Diamond was a 16-year veteran of law enforcement. (Credit: Pomona Police Department)

    Pomona SWAT Officer Killed While Serving Search Warrant Remembered as ‘Hero’

    A Pomona Police Department SWAT officer has died after being shot by a known gang member while serving a search warrant at a home in San Gabriel, officials announced early Wednesday morning. “It is with a heavy heart that we must deliver the news” of Officer Shaun Diamond’s death, the Police Department said in a statement. Diamond, 45, was one of 14 SWAT officers who participated in a multi-agency operation early Tuesday morning at a home in the 100 block […]

  • Kaci Hickox,a nurse under mandatory quarantine for Ebola monitoring in New Jersey, sent CNN this image of the "porta potty" inside the facility where she is being isolated in a New Jersey Hospital. (Courtesy Kaci Hickox)

    Boy Under Ebola Evaluation in New York; Nurse in Controversial Quarantine Ordered Released in New Jersey

    A 5-year-old boy is being tested for Ebola in New York, and an American nurse who doesn’t have Ebola is being released after days in quarantine in New Jersey. The boy, who had a fever Monday morning, is with his mother at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital Center, said Dr. Ram Raju, the president of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, which oversees Bellevue. His test results should be available within 12 hours, and officials are trying to find […]

  • Nina Pham spoke on Oct. 24, 2014, about being declared free of Ebola. (Credit: CNN)

    Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Declared Free of Ebola Virus: National Institutes of Health

    She beat Ebola. Now she’s eager to get back to normal — and reunite with her dog, Bentley. Nina Pham addressed reporters Friday at the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, after doctors announced that she was free of the Ebola virus. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” she said. “Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team.” She said she believes in the power of prayer and […]

  • The New York State Governor's Office provided this photo of Andrew M. Cuomo, 56th Governor of New York.

    New York Governor Attempts to Suppress Ebola Fears After Local Doctor Tests Positive

    To quash what he described as “irrational fear,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he’ll ride one of the three subway lines taken by the latest Ebola patient in the United States. “There’s no reason for New Yorkers to panic of feel that they have anything to worry about on the subway system,” the Democrat told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day,” adding that he plans to ride either the A, L or 1 train on Friday. Craig Spencer, […]

  • A family friend provided this photo of Ximena Meza, 9, who was shot and killed while playing in her Anaheim home's front yard on Oct. 22, 2014.

    Anaheim Police Offer Reward in Shooting Death of 9-Year-Old Girl

    The Anaheim Police Department offered a $50,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed a 9-year-old girl the previous day. The Anaheim Police Association also offered an additional $5,000 reward. The coroner’s office identified Ximena Meza as the young girl who was struck by gunfire while playing in a home’s front yard in 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue (map). The incident was reported at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lt. Bob Dunn […]

  • Could the St. Louis Rams be headed back to Los Angeles? The NFL is conducting a survey in the market to gauge interest in bringing a professional team back to L.A. (Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    Here’s Part of the NFL’s Survey on a Franchise in L.A.

    The National Football League is asking L.A. residents for feedback on the possibility of a franchise in L.A.  This week, the NFL sent out several thousand surveys to people in Southern California. I happened to get one in my inbox — not quite sure why I rated one.    Many of the questions have to do with whether your company might be willing to buy luxury seats, and specifically, whether you think your company would pay as much as $50,000  for […]