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
  • Exteriors of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. (Credit: CNN)

    First Case of Ebola in the US Diagnosed Prompts Concern Over What Happens Next

    In this age of modern air travel, it was just a matter of when, not if. A man at a Dallas hospital is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Now, health officials are searching for people who came in contact with the man. Ebola is spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone actively sick with the virus. It’s not like a cold or the flu, which can be spread before symptoms show up. […]

  • Computer imagery shows the path of White House intruder Omar Gonzalez and where he was stopped. (Credit: CNN)

    White House Intruder: Secret Service Director Calls Incident ‘Unacceptable’

    U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson called an incident in which a man scaled a fence and entered the White House “unacceptable” and told a congressional committee Tuesday she takes “full responsibility.” Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old, knife-wielding Iraq war veteran, entered an unlocked door to the executive mansion, Pierson told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which grilled her on the September 19 security breach. The door had no remote locking mechanism and needed to be manually locked, […]

  • On Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, Secret Service said Omar Gonzalez hopped the north fence of the White House and sprinted just past the north portico doors, where he was stopped. Gonzalez had a Spyderco VG-10 folding knife on his person when he was arrested. This image showing Gonzalez running across the lawn was taken from CNN's White House beauty shot camera. (Credit: CNN)

    White House Fence-Jumper Made It to East Room of White House, Officials Say

    The man who jumped the White House fence earlier this month and breached the mansion’s doors actually made it farther than originally thought, officials said Monday. Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Iraq war veteran who had a knife in his pocket, overcame one Secret Service officer and ran into the East Room of the White House, where he was then subdued, a federal law enforcement said. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who was provided the information by whistleblowers during his congressional investigation into […]

  • California drought reaches fourth year. (Credit: KTLA)

    Drought: Officials Consider Charging Households That Use Excess Water

    Officials recently considered assigning California households a daily water allotment that would dictate how many gallons of water people could use per day without facing additional charges. If implemented, local water companies or city officials would assign each household the daily water allotment based on factors such as census records, aerial photography and satellite imagery, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported. State and local water agencies worked on the plan, which resembled methods already implemented in areas such as Santa […]

  • The Irwindale Speedway Celebrity Stock Car Race

      KTLA’s Mark Kriski and Eric Spillman were live with a preview of the Celebrity Stock Car Race taking place at the Irwindale Speedway on Saturday, September 27th. In addition to the speedway’s regular night of exciting championship NASCAR, well known names from the worlds of entertainment and business will suit up, and buckle into NASCAR-style stock cars.       Celebrity Benefit Race to “Star” during Night of NASCAR Racing at Irwindale Benefits Wounded Warrior Project Tickets: $10 online […]

  • Photos released by activists in Idlib, Syria purport to show the daytime aftermath of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in the town of Kafr Deryan, Idlib, Syria. (Credit: Idlib News Network/CNN)

    Obama: Syria Strikes Show ‘This is Not America’s Fight Alone’

    The United States is doing what it must to “take the fight to terrorists,” leading a coalition of Arab nations in a series of airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State terror group in Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday. At the same time, the United States took action — on its own — against another terrorist organization, the Khorasan Group. Obama described its members as “seasoned al Qaeda operatives in Syria.” U.S. officials said the group was plotting attacks […]

  • Omar Gonzalez was arrested after allegedly jumping over the White House fence on Sept. 19, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    2 White House Security Incidents Prompt Secret Service to Increase Presence

    The U.S. Secret Service is planning to boost its presence and its surveillance measures around the White House on Monday after an Iraq war veteran, who is apparently suffering from PTSD, jumped over a White House fence. Officers patrolling the area will be out in greater numbers and will be “looking for individuals who don’t look like tourists,” a federal law enforcement officer told CNN. Two security incidents in two days have raised concerns about the safety at 1600 Pennsylvania […]

  • Apple unveiled two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, at their September 9, 2014 announcement. (Credit: Apple)

    Apple’s iPhone 6 Goes on Sale, Fans Line Up Outside Stores

    It’s New iPhone Day… at least, for those of you that don’t mind waiting hours in line. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit stores Friday, with Apple fans around the world camping out in line to become some of the first owners of the new devices. In New York City, nearly 1,000 people were already in line by around 9 p.m. Thursday evening — a line that spanned several city blocks. In Hong Kong, the line started […]

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    Tourists Evacuating Hurricane-Ravaged Cabo San Lucas

    Thousands of Americans were still trying to evacuate Cabo San Lucas on Thursday, four days after Hurricane Odile slammed into the Mexican resort city. Some of those who experienced the powerful storm and its aftermath have been telling frightening stories of damage and looting. “There’s no emergency infrastructure whatsoever and thousands of people are homeless. Last night, there was rioting and looting. … People are scared.” Ryan Bilbrey, a stranded American tourist said. Others waited for hours to board Mexican military flights […]