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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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    Team Has Done MS Bike Ride for Well Over a Decade

    Eric Spillman highlights a team that has done the MS Bike Ride for well over a decade, and Sam Rubin discusses his participation from Disneyland. This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on Oct. 21, 2016.

  • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the 2nd presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (Credit: CNN)

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  • Heavy winds in Coconut Grove, Florida as Hurricane Matthew is due to hit the area. (Credit: María Juncadella/CNN iReport)

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  • As Hurricane Matthew sets its sights on the US, more than 2 million people have already been urged to flee their homes, with more evacuations likely as the deadly storm makes its way past the Bahamas. (Credit: CNN)

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  • This combination of pictures created on October 3, 2016 shows Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence (L) and Democratic nominee for vice president Tim Kaine. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN,SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Cal State Northridge Department of Police Services officials released this composite sketch of a man they believe tried to kidnap a student on Sept. 27, 2016.

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    The Cal State Northridge chief of police on Wednesday urged students not to walk alone as authorities continued their search for a man who tried to kidnap and threatened to kill a student as she was walking away from campus the day before. The kidnapping attempt occurred Tuesday afternoon on Dearborn Street, about a block west of campus, police Chief Anne Glavin said during a news conference Wednesday. The student was walking away from campus, toward Reseda Boulevard, when a man […]

  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. (Credit: Rick Wilking - Pool/Getty Images)

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    The debate of the century delivered. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump waged a fiery battle Monday night when they appeared on stage together — a clash of two famous personalities locked in a dead heat for the presidency. During one of the most highly anticipated debates in modern political history, the candidates drew sharp contrasts on temperament, character and policy and starkly different visions of where they would lead the nation. By most measures, Clinton had the better night, repeatedly […]