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
  • Andreas Lubitz was a co-pilot in a Germanwings plane that crashed on March 24, 2015. Officials said he apparently deliberately put the aircraft into descent, causing it to slam into a mountain in the French Alps. (Credit: CNN)

    Germanwings Co-Pilot Had Medical Leave Note That Included Day of Deadly Crash: Investigators

    Latest developments: • 9:45 a.m.: A Dusseldorf medical facility says that contrary to reports, it didn’t treat Andreas Lubitz for depression. • 8:49 a.m.: Germanwings says it didn’t receive a sick note for the day of the flight. • 7:57 a.m.: A letter found in a waste bin in Lubitz’s apartment indicated he “was declared by a medical doctor unfit to work,” Dusseldorf prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said. • 6:23 a.m.: Lufthansa, together with other German airlines, has announced the immediate […]

  • Denise Louise Huskins, 30, was abducted from a male acquaintance's residence in the San Francisco area and is being held for ransom, police said Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (Credit: Vallejo Police Department/KTXL)

    Boyfriend of Woman in Vallejo Kidnapping ‘Hoax’ Is Innocent Victim, His Attorneys Say

    A man accused of sending investigators on a “wild-goose chase” by allegedly fabricating a story about his girlfriend being abducted from his Bay Area home was actually a “victim” who had been drugged and restrained by kidnappers, his attorneys said Thursday. Aaron Quinn, 30, reported to police Monday that his girlfriend, Huntington Beach native Denise Huskins, had been forcibly kidnapped from his home on Mare Island in Vallejo. She was found safe at her father’s house in Orange County Wednesday and then […]

  • Denise Louise Huskins, 30, was abducted from a male acquaintance's residence in the San Francisco area and is being held for ransom, police said Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (Credit: Vallejo Police Department/KTXL)

    Woman From Huntington Beach Kidnapped for Ransom in Bay Area; Father Begs for Her Release

    A 30-year-old California woman was abducted from a male acquaintance’s residence in the Bay Area and is being held for ransom, police said Tuesday. The male acquaintance, also 30, witnessed the kidnapping of Denise Louise Huskins from the Vallejo home, and he is not a suspect in the case, said Vallejo Police Lt. Kenny Park. A cousin of Huskins, Amy Mattison, told CNN affiliate KPIX that the 30-year-old man is Huskins’ boyfriend and she was abducted from his residence. The […]

  • Rescue teams head to crash site of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps on March 24, 2015. (Credit: Amanda Rancoule/CNN iReport)

    Germanwings Crash Site Described as ‘Picture of Horror;’ All 150 on Board Presumed dead

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday as “a picture of horror.” “The grief of the families and loved ones is immeasurable,” Steinmeier said, after flying over the area in the Alps in southeastern France. “We must stand with them. We are all united in great grief.” Flight 9525 took off just after 10 a.m. Tuesday from Barcelona, Spain, for Dusseldorf, Germany, with 144 passengers — […]

  • LAPD officers were investigation a deadly stabbing in a Van Nuys alley on March 24, 2015. (Credit: Eric Spillman/KTLA)

    Mother of Three Stabbed to Death While Sitting in Truck in Van Nuys Alley

    An investigation was underway into a stabbing in Van Nuys that left a woman dead and a man injured Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers initially responded to an alley near the intersection of Lemay Street and Kester Avenue (map) at around 8 a.m. after a man called 911 claiming that about four hours prior, he and his girlfriend had been sitting in a truck when they were attacked during a robbery, according to LAPD Officer Lilliana […]

  • A rally held on March 23, 2015, in support of a Paul Revere Charter Middle School teacher accused of making racist remarks. (Credit: KTLA)

    Rally Held in Support of Brentwood Teacher Accused of Making Racist Remarks

    Parents and teachers held a rally Monday morning for a Brentwood teacher accused in a lawsuit of making racist remarks. Eric Spillman reports from Brentwood for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Monday, March 23, 2015.

  • The Eagle Rock Reservoir was dry on March 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    After Water Waste Criticized, LADWP Responds to Questions About Fate of Lost Reservoir Water

    A day after some 70,000 gallons of water cascaded through the streets of Eagle Rock amid planned work on a water pipe, LADWP was explaining Tuesday what happened to 100 times that amount in a nearby reservoir. After neighborhood criticism, the public utility had rushed to capture about three-quarters of the flow that had residents grabbing buckets and griping about DWP hypocrisy on Monday. The water was being drained from a corroded pipeline that had to be replaced in order for work on […]

  • Millionaire murder defendant Robert Durst (C) sits in State District Judge Susan Criss court with his attorney Dick DeGuerin (R) November 10, 2003 at the Galveston County Courthouse in Galveston, Texas. (Credit: Getty Images)

    After First-Degree Murder Charge, Robert Durst’s Extradition to Los Angeles Delayed

    The return of Robert Durst to face murder charges in Los Angeles will be delayed for at least five days as New Orleans authorities determine how to handle lesser allegations related to possession of a firearm and marijuana. The 71-year-old real estate scion, who is implicated in the murder of a friend and the disappearance of his wife, appeared briefly in a New Orleans courtroom Tuesday, shackled and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and rubber sandals over bare feet. In […]

  • The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office provided this photo of Robert Durst after he was arrested in New Orleans on March 14, 2015, on a first-degree warrant out of Los Angeles County.

    Real Estate Scion Robert Durst Charged With Murder in 2000 Shooting Death of L.A. Crime Author

    New York millionaire Robert Durst was charged with murder Monday in the 2000 death of his friend and crime writer Susan Berman. Durst was charged with one count of first-degree murder with the special circumstances of murder of a witness and lying in wait and gun use allegations, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The special circumstances allegations make Durst eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors said they would decide later whether to […]