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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
  • Waves up to 25 feet were expected at The Wedge in Newport Beach on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lifeguard Rescue of Swimmer in Newport Beach Unfolds on Live TV

    Newport Beach lifeguards attempting to help a body-surfer who became distressed while trying to stay afloat among waves up to 25 feet near the Wedge (map) had to be rescued by a boat Wednesday morning. The entire rescue effort was viewed on live television while hundreds more watched from shore. Four lifeguards swam to the man, who appeared to be tired and struggling around 9 a.m., video showed. The waves were the largest seen in the past decade and pushed the group near a large rock […]

  • Police responded to a second shooting on Aug. 24, 2014, that left a 29-year-old man dead in Sylmar. (Credit: OnSceneTV)

    Man Initially Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges Named as Suspect in Valley Shootings

    A 34-year-old man initially arrested on suspicion of shooting two dogs was named Monday evening as a suspect in a San Fernando Valley shooting spree that left three people dead, authorities said. Alexander Hernandez was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of animal cruelty, and police initially only considered him a “person of interest” in the three homicides, according to Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andy Smith. Nonetheless, Hernandez’s bail was set at $1 million, a steep amount for the alleged shooting of […]

  • San Bernardino police Officer Gabriel Garcia was gravely wounded on Aug. 22, 2014. His photo was provided by the Police Department.

    Officer in Grave Condition After Being Shot in the Head; Alleged Gunman Is Dead

    A San Bernardino police officer was in grave condition Friday after coming under fire from a gunman who was shot dead by a trainee officer, authorities said. Two women and two men were detained shortly after the shooting, which occurred about 2 a.m. An hourslong search led to the arrest of a fifth individual, another man. The shooting occurred when two officers approached a group of people for unknown reasons in the 1900 block of Garner Avenue (map) around 2:07 a.m., San Bernardino […]

  • This still is from a video posted Aug. 19, 2014, purporting to show journalist James Foley being beheaded by the terrorist group Islamic State.

    James Foley’s Final Months: Mock Executions, Taunting Email

    An outrageous ransom demand. A failed rescue attempt. A taunting e-mail. These were the details emerging about the final months of the life of American journalist James Foley, whose execution at the hands of Islamic extremists was captured on video and posted online this week as a warning to the United States. Foley’s captors demanded 100 million euros ($132.5 million) in exchange for his release, according to an official with GlobalPost, the U.S.-based online publication the freelance journalist was working […]

  • The U.S. Navy has released three photos taken on August 8, 2014 showing F/A-18 Hornets aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (Credit: U.S. Navy via CNN)

    US Jet Fighters Carry Out Second Round of Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq

    U.S. fighter jets repeatedly bombed Sunni Islamic extremists in northern Iraq on Friday, targeting ISIS artillery units and convoys advancing on the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil, U.S. officials said. At least two rounds of airstrikes ramped up America’s involvement in Iraq where ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, is seizing control of towns and key infrastructure in an advance that has forced hundreds of thousands to run for their lives. The critical Mosul Dam is now in the […]

  • Marilyn Hartman spoke to reporters outside Airport Courthouse on Aug. 6, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Who Bypassed Airport Security, Flew Into LAX Unticketed Doesn’t Want to ‘Jeopardize Security’

    A 62-year-old San Francisco woman who pleaded no contest to a stowaway charge Wednesday after bypassing airport security, boarding a flight in San Jose without a ticket and then arriving at LAX said she did not want to “jeopardize security” and would not do it again, despite previous stowaway offenses. The unticketed passenger was discovered Monday night after Southwest Airlines Flight 3785 landed at Los Angeles International Airport, where airline employees conducted a head count, officials said. Marilyn Jean Hartman was arrested by […]

  • Heavy rain led to flash flooding and triggered mudslides in San Bernardino County on Aug. 3, 2014. (Credit: Casper News)

    1 Dead, Authorities Search for Possible Missing Person Amid Flash-Flood Cleanup

    As cleanup efforts were underway Monday, emergency personnel were surveying the damage left after thunderstorms in and around San Bernardino County wreaked havoc in the region the previous day, including leaving one man dead. Authorities were also searching Monday afternoon for one person who may be trapped in a flooded area of Mount Baldy after two hikers heard a person crying out in distress. The storm hit Southern California on Sunday afternoon, bringing torrential rains to the mountain and desert areas, […]

  • DWP Water System: Miles and Miles of Aging Pipelines

    Tuesday’s water main break and flooding at UCLA are a reminder that the Los Angeles DWP has a whole lot of work to do to upgrade its aging water system. Back in 2009,  when pipes began bursting all over L.A., we looked at the problem in a special series.

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    Attorney General’s Office Reviews Ruling That California’s Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional

    California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, a federal judge ruled in a case that could work its way up through the court system. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled Wednesday on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago. The ruling can be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. A spokesman for Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said only […]