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
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott is seen at a news conference discussing Tropical Storm Erika. (Credit: CNN)

    Tropical Storm Erika Hits Dominica, Leaving at Least 9 Dead; Florida Declares State of Emergency

    Images from the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica show the devastation after Tropical Storm Erika left at least nine dead. One road is cut in half. A plane floats through what used to be an airport runway. Trisha Scotland said the storm damage is the worst she’s seen in her lifetime. Scotland walked 6 miles from her home in Jimmit to the capital, Roseau, to check on her mother’s business, photographing the devastation along the way. “I’ve experienced at least […]

  • Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was being interviewed by WDBJ reporter reporter Alison Parker when police said Vester Flanagan shot and killed Parker and photographer Adam Ward. Gardner was wounded by gunfire. (Credit: Gardner Family)

    Surviving Victim in WDBJ Shooting Was Able to Walk to Ambulance; Is in Stable Condition

    The husband of Vicki Gardner, a chamber of commerce executive who survived being shot in the back during a live news broadcast in Virginia, was watching on TV as the tragic events unfolded. Tim Gardner told CNN’s Chris Cuomo he was “stunned” at what had happened but relieved that he was able to speak to his wife by phone as she was taken to the hospital. “When she called me she told me she had been shot in the back […]

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fields a question from Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos during a press conference held before Trump's campaign event at the Grand River Center on Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Univision’s Jorge Ramos Questions Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy; Is Temporarily Removed From Event

    Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos was temporarily removed from a Donald Trump event Tuesday after a heated back and forth left the political and media worlds buzzing. Ramos says it was “the first time in my life, anywhere in the world, in which I have been escorted out of a press conference.” Some say both men benefited — Ramos by getting to challenge Trump in front of millions of viewers, Trump by getting to appear gracious by letting the reporter back […]

  • Alison Parker and Adam Ward are shown in photos from Facebook. They died in an on-air shooting in Virginia on Aug. 26, 2015.

    Gunman Kills Self After Fatally Shooting Virginia Reporter, Photographer on Live TV: Sheriff

    After he shot two journalists on live TV and before he shot himself, Bryce Williams sent a message: “I’ve been a human powder keg for a while….just waiting to go BOOM.” Those were the words the gunman wrote in a chilling fax to ABC News, according to the network. The document purportedly from the Virginia shooter came after he gunned down WDBJ-TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward, spurring a manhunt that ended when he turned a gun on himself […]

  • USC football Coach Steve Sarkisian is seen at an Aug. 25, 2015, press conference where he discussed a controversial, slurred speech he delivered the weekend prior at a campus event. (Credit: KTLA)

    USC Coach Steve Sarkisian Says He Mixed Medication, Alcohol Before Controversial Speech

    USC Coach Steve Sarkisian on Tuesday said his behavior at a booster event last weekend resulted from mixing alcohol and an unspecified medication, and that he would seek treatment to find out if he has a drinking problem. “There are things we’re going to work on for me moving forward,” Sarkisian said during a news conference before practice. “But it’s a hard time.” Sarkisian had slurred his words, used an expletive and said several opponents “suck” during the annual “Salute […]

  • Firefighters continued to battle the Summit Fire in Big Bear on Aug. 24, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Summit Fire in Big Bear Reaches 50 Percent Containment; Evacuations to Be Lifted

    Evacuation orders were set to be lifted Monday as firefighters appeared to gain an upper hand on the Summit Fire burning in Big Bear. The wildfire has scorched roughly 100 acres near the Snow Summit Ski Resort south of Big Bear since it began at about 12:25 p.m. on Sunday. The size of the fire did not change overnight and firefighters had upped the containment level from 30 to 50 percent, according to InciWeb, a multi-agency incident website. At one point, the fire threatened […]

  • Shannon Tweed and Gene Simmons at the premiere of "Machete Kills" on October 3, 2013. (Credit: CNN)

    Search Warrant Served at Home of Gene Simmons; Rocker, Family Not Suspects in the Case, LAPD Says

    A search warrant was served at the Los Angeles home of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, but the rocker and his family are not considered suspects, authorities said. The division that handles online crimes against children executed the warrant Thursday, according to Lt. John Jenal of the Los Angeles Police Department. “No members of the Simmons family are suspects in the case and were extremely cooperative,” he said. The rocker’s wife thanked fans for their support, and said the family is […]

  • Andrew Macias teared up suddenly as he talked to KTLA about his his first day of pre-kindergarten in East L.A. on Aug. 18, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAUSD Students Head Back to School, Prompting Both Excitement and Tears

    Summer vacation is officially over for hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District students who headed back to the classroom for the first day of school Tuesday, and the occasion brought mixed emotions in some students. The nation’s second-largest district is hoping to get off to a smooth start after many students were left without class assignments at the beginning of 2014 due to a malfunctioning records system. But for the younger students, it’s the smaller picture that was in focus Tuesday. “Different […]

  • Arturo Aguilar is seen in an image provided by the Montebello Police Department on Aug. 17, 2015.

    Transient Arrested in Connection With Brush Fire Burning in Montebello Riverbed

    Remnants of a brush fire continued burning in a Montebello riverbed on Monday morning, the day after the blaze prompted road closures and evacuations. The so-called Lincoln Fire has burned 225 acres and was 60 percent contained, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said after firefighters attended a 7 a.m. briefing at the scene. A 45-year-old man was arrested Sunday in connection with the incident, said Lt. Michael Bergman of the Montebello Police Department. Arturo Aguilar, a transient, was taken into custody on […]