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
  • 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.

    CSUN Students On Edge, Urged Not to Walk Alone as Police Search for ‘Brazen’ Attempted Kidnapper

    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)

    Trump, Clinton Clash in Presidential Debate: Poll Gives Round 1 to Clinton

    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 […]

  • Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully smiles on the field before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 23, 2015. (Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

    Broadcaster Vin Scully Prepping to Announce Last Game at Dodger Stadium Sunday Afternoon

    Sunday marks Vin Scully’s last time announcing a home game for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Eric Spillman reports from Dodger Stadium for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sept. 25, 2016.

  • For a second night, protests over a deadly officer-involved shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina, turned violent, with police firing tear gas and demonstrators throwing objects and trying to damage vehicles. (Credit: Adam Rhew/Charlotte magazine)

    Family of North Carolina Man Shot By Police Will View Footage of Incident, Despite Video Not Being Released to Public

    After violent protests raged for the second night in Charlotte over the police shooting of a black man, the city’s police chief told reporters Thursday he has no intention of releasing dashcam video of Keith Lamont Scott’s shooting “to the masses.” Asked whether there was a time at which the public could expect to see it, Chief Kerr Putney said there should be no such expectation. “Transparency’s in the eye of the beholder,” he said. “If you think we should […]

  • Ahmad Khan Rahami is seen being taken into custody after a police shootout in New Jersey on Sept. 19, 2016, in a photo provided by a law enforcement source to WPIX.

    NY, NJ Bombings Suspect Charged on Suspicion of Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction, Other Federal Counts

    The suspect in Saturday’s bombings in New York and New Jersey declared that “the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets” and praised “Brother Osama Bin Laden” in a journal found on him when he was arrested, authorities said. Ahmad Rahami was charged Tuesday with four counts in federal court in connection with incidents in Seaside Heights, NJ, and Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Complaints filed in federal court in Manhattan and New Jersey contain details from the investigation and […]

  • Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected in bombings in New York and New Jersey, was in custody after a shootout with police, authorities said. (Credit: WABC)

    Suspect in NYC, N.J. Bombings Arrested After Shootout With Police; 2 Officers Hit

    The man suspected in Saturday’s bombings in New York and New Jersey has been captured after a frantic manhunt and shootout. Ahmad Khan Rahami was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after a shootout Monday with police in Linden, New Jersey, Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said. He is also charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Rahami is suspected of bombings […]

  • The banks of Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet are dry and cracked in this photo.  (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    ‘The New Normal’: California’s Severe Drought Could Last Indefinitely, New Study Says

    A grim new study led by a UCLA geography professor revealed that the current 5-year drought in California could last indefinitely, with the resulting arid conditions becoming “the new normal” for the state. The study, which looked at prolonged periods of dryness in California over the past 10,000 years, was published Thursday in the Nature.com journal Scientific Reports. It noted that the state’s drought in the 21st century has been the most intense ever recorded, with drier than normal conditions in 10 […]

  • Republican presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump holds a campaign event with his daughter, Ivanka, at the Aston Township Community Center on September 13, 2016 in Aston, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Mark Makela/Getty Images)

    Donald Trump Reveals Results of Recent Physical Exam on ‘Dr. Oz Show’

    Donald Trump, a master showman, surprised the “Dr. Oz Show” studio audience on Wednesday by revealing the results of a recent physical exam. The “Oz” episode, taped on Wednesday morning, will air on Thursday. During it, Trump handed Dr. Mehmet Oz a one-page summary of the exam, which was conducted by Dr. Harold N. Bornstein last week. Bornstein is the same hyperbolic doctor who previously said Trump would, if elected, be the healthiest president in history. The campaign plans to […]

  • President Barack Obama greets attendees during a ceremony commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on September 11, 2016. (Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barack Obama, Others Step in to Campaign as Hillary Clinton Recovers From Pneumonia

    A jovial President Barack Obama made his first solo campaign appearance of the year Tuesday, hoping to convince his diverse array of backers that Hillary Clinton is worth their support. “Can I just say I am really into electing Hillary Clinton?” Obama told the crowd, which enthusiastically greeted him. “This is not me just going through the motions here. I really, really, really want to elect Hillary Clinton.” Obama also poked fun at Clinton’s opponent Donald Trump, needling on comments […]