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
  • From left: The men killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tennessee, were identified as U.S. Marines Squire K. "Skip" Wells, Carson Holmquist, David Wyatt and Randall Smith. (Photos via Facebook)

    Officials Identify 4 Marines Killed by Gunman in Tennessee

    The four joined the Marines to serve their country, willing to go to dangerous lands out of a sense of duty, idealism and patriotism. And three of them did so, risking their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ultimately, the men died together in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Authorities are still trying to piece together why Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez killed the four at a Navy operational center in the southeastern Tennessee city, which is thousands of miles from any war zone. Terrorism is […]

  • Kaene Dean, 26, is seen in a booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Deputies Find Missing Girl Locked in Sex Offender’s Garage in Santa Clarita

    A girl reported missing by her parents in Santa Clarita on Tuesday was found locked in the garage of a home where a convicted sex offender lived with his parents, authorities revealed on Wednesday. The girl’s parents reported her missing to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Tuesday evening when they were unable to locate her, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Due to her age, she was considered a “critical missing person,” […]

  • Chris Brown returns home on July 15, 2015, some two hours after his Tarzana home was robbed. (Credit: Mike McGregor/ KTLA)

    Chris Brown’s Tarzana Home Is Robbed by Up to 5 Men While Aunt Is Home Alone: Police

    Two months after an alleged stalker broke into singer Chris Brown’s Agoura Hills home, his Tarzana residence was robbed and ransacked by as many as five men while his aunt was home alone early Wednesday, police said. The singer was not home when the men robbed the residence, located in the 19600 block of Citrus Ridge Drive (map), around 2 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Brown’s aunt was home alone at the time, heard a commotion and went […]

  • Vice President Joe Biden, left, stands alongside President Barack Obama as he speaks on July 15, 2015, about a nuclear agreement reached with Iran. (Credit: CNN)

    U.S., International Community Reach Nuclear Agreement With Iran After 2 Years of Negotiations

    After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators have reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East. Representatives of Iran, the United States and the other nations involved in the marathon talks were holding a final meeting in Vienna on Tuesday. Obama praised the […]

  • Mexico's Attorney General released a recent photo of escapee Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on July 13, 2015.

    ‘El Chapo’ Prison Break: Mexico Offers $3.8 Million Reward for Capture

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s whereabouts are anyone’s guess. And the clock is ticking. The leader of the Sinaloa cartel stepped into a shower at the maximum security prison in Almoloya de Juárez, crawled through a hole and vanished through a mile-long tunnel apparently built just for him. That was Saturday night. By early Tuesday morning — despite a $3.8 million reward — there was still no sign of Guzman. The first 72 hours (after the escape) are extraordinarily important here,” […]

  • A semitrailer struck a fire hydrant in Glassell Park on Thursday, July 9, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Rescued From Flooded Building After Semitrailer Shears Fire Hydrant in Glassell Park

    A man who uses a wheelchair was rescued Thursday by firefighters after he became trapped inside a building when a nearby sheared fire hydrant created a geyser that flooded the building and cause its roof to collapse. The incident began about 4:29 a.m. in the 3100 block of San Fernando Road in Glassell Park, where a big rig clipped a hydrant while the driver was attempting to make a U-turn, said Sgt. Phil Tamez of the Los Angeles Police Department. Water soared high […]

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 6, 2015, in New York City. Following news that Greece has voted "No" in a referendum on the country's bailout terms and continued volitility in the Chinese market, stocks were down in morning trading with the Dow off 70 points. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    ‘Technical Issue’ Forces Nearly 4-Hour Halt to Trading on New York Stock Exchange

    The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading at 11:32 a.m ET Wednesday and stayed down for nearly four hours. Trading finally resumed at 3:10pm ET. It’s been a rough day for stocks. The Dow shed 261 points (about 1.5%), mostly because of China’s stock market plunge and ongoing fears about Greece, although the NYSE “glitch” didn’t help investor confidence. “Given the global paradigm of what’s going on in the EU, Greece, China, this is the last thing that the U.S. […]

  • Actor Jared Fogle is pictured watching pre-race introductions Sunday, October 19, 2003, at the NASCAR Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia. (Credit: Al Messerschmidt/WireImage)

    Raid of Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle’s Home Comes Months After Arrest of Associate on Federal Child Porn Charges

    The attorney of longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle said Wednesday that his client is doing “quite well” a day after investigators raided his Indiana home. Ron Elberger told a reporter for CNN affiliate WTHR that Fogle had been able to see his family and should be able return home. “It’s his right,” the attorney said. When asked by the Indianapolis television station how Fogle was handling the recent events, Elberger said, “I think quite well.” The Tuesday raid at the […]

  • Fans gathered at L.A. Live Tuesday to honor the U.S. women’s national soccer team in their first public appearance since winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thousands Gather in Downtown L.A. for Rally Honoring US Women’s World Cup Champions

    Members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team will be honored Tuesday with a rally in Los Angeles in their first public appearance since winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Coming off its victory in Vancouver, Canada, the 23-member team will greet fans at the L.A. Live entertainment complex next to Staples Center. The free public celebration begins at 11 a.m. Carli Lloyd’s 3 goal performance was the difference in a 5-2 win over Japan, and SI Senior Writer Grant […]