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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.

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    Putin: Russian Warplane’s Downing by Turkey ‘Stab in the Back’

    One of the world’s most volatile regions was roiled further Tuesday when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkey said it hit the plane after it violated Turkey’s airspace and ignored 10 warnings. One of the two pilots was killed in the air by fire from the ground, according to Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti. The fate of the second pilot wasn’t disclosed. Meanwhile, a Russian marine was killed on Tuesday during an operation to […]

  • Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Nov. 20, 2015. Gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the luxury hotel in Mali's capital Bamako, seizing 170 guests and staff in an ongoing hostage-taking that has left at least multiple people dead. (Credit: HABIBOU KOUYATE/AFP/Getty Images)

    21 Dead in Mali Hotel Attack: Gunmen Barged in, Fired ‘at Anything That Moved’

    Gunmen stormed a Malian hotel as guests gathered for breakfast, bypassing gate security by using a car with fake diplomatic plates, a witness said. Once inside, attackers hollered, “Allahu akbar,” guns blazing, employee Tamba Couye said. They opened fire on tables, people, “anything that moved,” he said. By the time the siege ended, bodies were scattered across the floors of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako. At least 21 people were killed in the attack on Friday morning, the U.N. […]

  • An undated picture taken on November 16, 2015, from the February 2015 issue 7 of the Islamic State (ISIS) group online English-language magazine Dabiq, purportedly shows 27-year-old Belgian IS group leading militant Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

    Suspected Ringleader in Paris Terrorist Attacks Was Killed in Police Raid, Prosecutors Say

    You could call him the ringleader of the bloody attacks in Paris. Or call him a proud member of ISIS, who went to Syria and returned to Europe determined to sow fear. Whatever label you ascribe to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, put it in the past tense. Because he won’t inflict terror any longer. The Paris prosecutor’s office announced Thursday that the bullet-ridden body found after a raid Wednesday on an apartment building in a northern Paris suburb, was Abaaoud, the Belgian […]

  • French special forces and medical vehicles are seen on Rue de la Republique on Nov. 18, 2015 in Saint-Denis, France.  (Credit: Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)

    Woman Who Blew Herself Up During Raid Was Cousin of Suspected Paris Attacks Mastermind: Report

    A suicide bomber blew herself up and a police sniper took out a second terror suspect after authorities stormed two apartments and a church Wednesday in the northern Parisian suburb that hosted one of last week’s deadly terrorist attacks. The raid in Saint-Denis, home to the Stade de France arena that was hit by three suicide bombers Friday, targeted a suspected ringleader of the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, though it wasn’t certain he was at any of the locations, a senior […]

  • President Obama discusses the recent attacks in Paris at a speech in Antalya, Turkey on Nov. 16, 2015. (Credit: CNN)

    Amid Criticism, President Obama Defends ‘Right Strategy’ on Fighting ISIS

    President Barack Obama sharply defended his strategy Monday for going after ISIS amid mounting criticism that the U.S. is not doing enough to stop the terror organization that went on a killing spree in Paris last week. He faced a barrage of tough and probing questions from international journalists at a G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, that often put him on the defensive. In response, he repeatedly stressed confidence in his approach to combating terrorism and handling Syria, where a […]

  • The man seen in a video showing the beheading of U.S. hostage James Foley was identified in a report on Feb. 26, 2015.

    U.S. Army ‘Reasonably Certain’ Drone Strike Killed ‘Jihadi John’ of ISIS

    He hid his face, but “Jihadi John” was the English-speaking voice of ISIS. His twisted, videotaped taunts and acts of terrible cruelty — beheading hostages who had gone to the Middle East to help others and report stories to the world — symbolized the Islamist militant group’s depravity and ruthlessness. Not anymore, it appears. U.S. Army Col. Steven Warren said Friday that a drone strike the previous night killed everyone in the targeted vehicle, with Mohammed Emwazi — a.k.a. “Jihadi […]

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    Three Hawthorne High Students Arrested After Officer, Staff Member Assaulted in Melee

    Police and Hawthorne High School officials plan to increase security after three students were arrested when several massive brawls erupted on campus Tuesday, resulting in injuries to an officer and a school official. Videos showing large crowds of students swarming around several groups fighting quickly circulated on social media Tuesday afternoon. One video shows two female students attacking each other. Another video shows a male student picking up a trash can and throwing it toward a group of students. In […]

  • Presidential candidates Jeb Bush (L-R), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina look on during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colorado. Fourteen Republican presidential candidates participated in the third set of Republican presidential debates. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Republican Presidential Candidates Face Off in Milwaukee in Fourth Debate

    Ben Carson blasted the media on Tuesday at the fourth Republican presidential debate of the campaign season. The political newcomer and retired neurosurgeon slammed journalists for what he characterized as lies about his past. Carson also said the press is treating Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton more favorably. “I have no problem with being vetted. What I do have a problem with is being lied about,” Carson said. He added: “When I look at somebody like Hillary Clinton, who sits there […]

  • Orange residents are seen trying to extinguish an SUV on fire on Nov. 9, 2015, in an image from a KTLA viewer. The bodies of three male victims were found inside the vehicle.

    Man Sought After Fleeing From Burning Vehicle Where 3 Bodies Were Located in Orange

    A man who was captured on surveillance footage fleeing from a burning vehicle in which three bodies were found was being sought Tuesday, according to Orange police. The three badly burned bodies were discovered as firefighters doused the flames coming from the SUV in the 500 block of East Oakmont Avenue around 2:20 p.m. Monday, according to Orange Police Department Sgt. Phil McMullin. Surveillance footage, which was not being released, showed a man running from the vehicle, police Lt. Fred Lopez said the […]