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
  • The White House is seen on April 7, 2015. (Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    White House Fence Jumper Carrying ‘Suspicious’ Package Arrested; ID’d as California Man

    A 54-year-old man carrying a suspicious package scaled a White House fence Sunday night, but was quickly apprehended. Jerome R. Hunt, of Hayward, California, climbed the fence on the south side of the White House complex about 10:25 p.m., said Brian Leary with the United States Secret Service. Hunt is in custody and charges are pending, Leary said. The package was being examined and later deemed to be harmless, a Secret Service source told CNN. Last week, a U.S. official […]

  • In March, the light trails of vehicles are shown moving up and down the California Incline in Santa Monica. Reconstruction of the deteriorating roadway is to scheduled to start April 20, 2015. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    Yearlong Closure of Santa Monica’s California Incline Looms

    Westside traffic, already the stuff of legends, is expected to worsen dramatically with the closing Monday of the California Incline in Santa Monica for a complete reconstruction designed to keep the structure from collapsing in an earthquake. As part of a $20-million project, workers will begin demolishing the severely deteriorated road, technically a bridge, in anticipation of rebuilding it. The link, which descends from Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway, connecting the bluffs with the beach, is used by 15,000 […]

  • A 4-year-old girl was allegedly left home alone in Ranch Cucamonga by her mother who went to San Diego for the day with friends. (Credit: KTLA)

    IE Mother Arrested After Leaving Daughter, 4, Home Alone During Trip to San Diego

    A 28-year-old Rancho Cucamonga woman was arrested after leaving her 4-year-old daughter home alone while taking a day trip to San Diego, authorities said Wednesday. Bing Chen was taken into custody when she returned home and told a deputy — through an interpreter — she believed it was OK to leave her child at home because she had left food and instructions on when to eat and go to bed, according to a news release from the Rancho Cucamonga Police […]

  • In this Feb. 19, 2015, frame grab from a dash cam video provided by the Marana Police Department, a police vehicle hits Mario Valencia.

    Video Showing Arizona Police Car Intentionally Ramming Armed Man Raises Excessive Force Question

    Dramatic dash camera video released this week shows a suburban Tuscon police officer striking a man armed with a rifle with his patrol car in February, an incident that is raising questions about police use of force in what appears to be a quickly evolving, dangerous situation. The video footage shows Mario Valencia, 36, walking along a sidewalk in a business district brandishing a rifle. One moment he is pointing the rifle at police. In another, he is pointing it […]

  • The mountain lion known as P-22 was captured on video hiding beneath a crawl space of a home in Los Feliz on April 13, 2015.

    Mountain Lion P-22 Leaves Crawl Space Under Los Feliz Home; Located in Griffith Park

    A well-known mountain lion that was hiding in the crawl space of a family’s Los Feliz home “left the building” early Tuesday following efforts a day earlier to coax him off the residential property, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The 150-pound puma, known as P-22, had apparently wandered to the residence in the 2700 block of Glendower Avenue from his home in Griffith Park. He may have been there “for some time” before being discovered, Officer Hoang […]

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in a screenshot from a video released by her presidential campaign on Sunday, April 12, 2015. (Credit: Ready for Hillary)

    Hillary Clinton Officially Enters 2016 Presidential Race

    Hillary Clinton put an end to months of speculation on Sunday by officially announcing her candidacy for president, giving the former secretary of state another shot at cracking the highest glass ceiling in American politics. The initial word came in an email to supporters from John Podesta, a longtime Clinton ally, then a video launched on YouTube and a newly minted Facebook page. “I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for president,” Clinton said in the video. “Everyday […]

  • Walter Scott appears in his Coast Guard uniform in this undated photo. (Credit: Scott Family photo via CNN)

    Dash Cam Video Shows the Moments Before South Carolina Police Shooting

    Authorities in South Carolina have released dash cam video in connection with the fatal shooting of Walter Scott, but the footage does not show the actual shooting. Video from the patrol car of North Charleston’s Michael Slager shows an initial traffic stop and early interactions between the officer and Scott. Slager approaches Scott’s vehicle. The two men speak. Scott tells the officer he does not have insurance and is in the process of purchasing the vehicle. Slager then returns to […]

  • A still from a video obtained by the New York Times shows a South Carolina police officer fatally shooting a man on April 4, 2015.

    Video Showing South Carolina Police Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in Back Leads to Firing, Murder Charge

    (Warning: Video has graphic content) New developments: • 1:27 p.m.: At a news conference at North Charleston City Hall about the shooting of Walter Scott, Mayor Keith Summey told reporters Wednesday that the city has ordered an additional 150 body cameras “so every officer on the street” in the city will have one. That is in addition to 101 body cameras already ordered, he said. • 1:25 p.m.: “The mayor’s got to go!” people chanted after Summey ended a news […]

  • A storm dumped rain onto the South Bay on April 7, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pacific Storm Brings Rain to Drought-Stricken SoCal; Snow to Mountains

    A Pacific storm system brought some much-needed rain to Southern California on Tuesday and snow to the higher elevations. Showers reached the Los Angeles basin by Tuesday afternoon, and a chance of rain was forecast overnight. Skies should begin to clear by Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The moderate rain storm was likely to bring about a quarter of an inch to half an inch of rain to Los Angeles and Ventura counties. San Bernardino and Orange counties may receive […]