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
  • William and Verna Scheiern are shown in a photo provided by Calvary Bible Church.

    Elderly Couple Found Dead in Glendale Home; Adult Grandson Identified as Person of Interest

    A man considered a person of interest in the killing of his grandparents, whose bodies were found decomposing in their Glendale home on Sunday, has been in the hospital for several days after being injured in a car crash, authorities revealed Monday night. Nathaniel Scheiern was being interviewed by investigators but was not a suspect in the case, Glendale Police Department Sgt. Robert William said Sunday night. However on Monday evening, authorities revealed that Scheiern was actually in the hospital, and detectives were […]

  • A reveler joins the celebration during the 2014 LA Gay Pride Parade on June 8, 2014, in West Hollywood. (Credit: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)

    WeHo Mayor: ‘Bring Your Families, Bring Your Friends; This Is a True Historic Moment’

    As supporters of same-sex marriage across Southern California on Friday celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of marriage equality, the city of West Hollywood organized an actual party of sorts. “Bring your families, bring your friends. This is a true historic moment,” said West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath. A “Decision Day Celebration Rally” was held in West Hollywood Park, where activists, community organizations, city leaders and thousands of members of the public gathered to rejoice in the court’s […]

  • Fire crews battle the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest on Friday, June 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Illegal 4-Foot Drone Shut Down Aerial Firefight Over Lake Fire: Forest Service

    An unmanned aerial vehicle — better known as a drone — shut down evening aerial firefighting operations over the Lake Fire, which in turn burned more than 3 1/2 additional square miles overnight, authorities said Thursday. The drone was spotted about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday flying between two fixed-wing aircraft battling the massive wildfire burning south of Big Bear Lake, according to Mike Eaton, forest aviation officer for the San Bernardino National Forest. The sighting of the illegal aircraft prompted authorities […]

  • A giant plume from the Lake Fire looms over a home off Burns Canyon Road in Rimrock Ranch on June 25, 2015. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

    40-Square-Mile Lake Fire Threatens 7,400 Structures; Evacuation Orders Expanded

    New evacuation orders have been issued amid a flare-up of a wildfire that has burned about 40 square miles in the San Bernardino Mountains south of Big Bear, authorities said. Whipped by strong winds, the Lake Fire rapidly spread during the afternoon hours Wednesday, prompting mandatory evacuations in the areas of Burns Canyon and Rimrock, according to InciWeb, a wildfire website maintained by the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies. Nearly 7,400 structures were threatened by the blaze, according to […]

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    Severe Weather Brings Thunderstorms, Hail, Possible Tornado to East Coast

    Strong thunderstorms brought hail to party of Maryland, and the severe weather also spawned what some believe was a tornado in one of the New England states. Significant damage has been reported in the region as a result of the storms, which is continuing to move up the East Coast. Eric Spillman reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

  • Accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof appeared remotely by video before a judge on June 19, 2015. (Credit: pool)

    Charleston Victims’ Kin Say ‘I Forgive You,’ But Shooting Suspect Offers Only Blank Stare

    Dylann Roof heard words of forgiveness from families of some of the nine people he’s accused of killing. His response: A blank expression. Wearing a striped inmate jumpsuit, the 21-year-old appeared Friday afternoon by video feed at a bond hearing in Charleston, South Carolina. He stood motionless while listening to the anguished words of relatives of victims he allegedly gunned down Wednesday night at a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “I will never be able […]

  • The Charleston, South Carolina, Police Department provided this surveillance still image showing the person they believe to be a suspect in the shooting death of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night, June 17, 2015.

    South Carolina Church Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof Sat With Bible Group Before Opening Fire

    Before he allegedly opened fire on members of a Bible study group at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Dylann Roof sat with them. He might have prayed with them. A Snapchat video from Wednesday night at the historic African-American church shows Roof at a table with the small group. Nothing in the footage suggests the carnage to come. Police say Roof shot and killed nine people inside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, near the heart of Charleston’s […]

  • The L.A. County coroner's office arrived at the scene of a fatal shooting on June 17, 2015, to remove the body of a bicyclist who had been killed. (Credit: KTLA)

    Bicyclist Dies After Being Shot in the Head on Mid-City Street; Shooter at Large

    Los Angeles police were searching for at least one shooter after a bicyclist was gunned down on a residential street in the Mid-City area early Wednesday, authorities said. Officers responded to the 1700 block of Longwood Avenue at approximately 3:35 a.m. and found the bicyclist dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head, according to Lt. John Radtke of the Los Angeles Police Department. Neighbors told KTLA they heard two gunshots and then silence, though witnesses told police they […]

  • Rachel Dolezal is the head of the local chapter of the NAACP and has identified herself as African-American. But her Montana birth certificate says she was born to two Caucasian parents. (Credit: CNN)

    ‘I Identify as Black,’ Former NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal Says After Resigning Amid Allegations of Lying About Her Race

    Rachel Dolezal — fresh off of stepping down as head of the Spokane NAACP chapter over criticism that she’s portrayed herself as black, even though she was born white — stood by that self-assessment Tuesday, insisting, “I identify as black.” Dolezal did not deny her biological parents are white or that she has changed how she looks at herself over the years in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show. And she admitted not having corrected various published reports over the […]