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
  • Nina Pham spoke on Oct. 24, 2014, about being declared free of Ebola. (Credit: CNN)

    Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Declared Free of Ebola Virus: National Institutes of Health

    She beat Ebola. Now she’s eager to get back to normal — and reunite with her dog, Bentley. Nina Pham addressed reporters Friday at the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, after doctors announced that she was free of the Ebola virus. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” she said. “Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team.” She said she believes in the power of prayer and […]

  • The New York State Governor's Office provided this photo of Andrew M. Cuomo, 56th Governor of New York.

    New York Governor Attempts to Suppress Ebola Fears After Local Doctor Tests Positive

    To quash what he described as “irrational fear,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he’ll ride one of the three subway lines taken by the latest Ebola patient in the United States. “There’s no reason for New Yorkers to panic of feel that they have anything to worry about on the subway system,” the Democrat told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day,” adding that he plans to ride either the A, L or 1 train on Friday. Craig Spencer, […]

  • A family friend provided this photo of Ximena Meza, 9, who was shot and killed while playing in her Anaheim home's front yard on Oct. 22, 2014.

    Anaheim Police Offer Reward in Shooting Death of 9-Year-Old Girl

    The Anaheim Police Department offered a $50,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed a 9-year-old girl the previous day. The Anaheim Police Association also offered an additional $5,000 reward. The coroner’s office identified Ximena Meza as the young girl who was struck by gunfire while playing in a home’s front yard in 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue (map). The incident was reported at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lt. Bob Dunn […]

  • Could the St. Louis Rams be headed back to Los Angeles? The NFL is conducting a survey in the market to gauge interest in bringing a professional team back to L.A. (Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    Here’s Part of the NFL’s Survey on a Franchise in L.A.

    The National Football League is asking L.A. residents for feedback on the possibility of a franchise in L.A.  This week, the NFL sent out several thousand surveys to people in Southern California. I happened to get one in my inbox — not quite sure why I rated one.    Many of the questions have to do with whether your company might be willing to buy luxury seats, and specifically, whether you think your company would pay as much as $50,000  for […]

  • Former Harlem Globetrotter Rico Omarr Harris is shown in a photo distributed by the Yolo County Sheriff's Office.

    Former Harlem Globetrotter Disappears on Road Trip From Alhambra to Seattle

    Family members were asking for the public’s help Monday in locating Rico Omarr Harris, a former member of the Harlem Globetrotters from Alhambra, who disappeared while driving to Seattle, authorities said. The 37-year-old left his mother’s Alhambra home around 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, according to a news release from the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. His car was located three days later at a Yolo County park, the release stated. Harris’ mother, Margaret Fernandez, told KTLA that she last spoke […]

  • Exteriors of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. (Credit: CNN)

    Amid Ebola Fears, Belize Quarantines Texas Worker, Airline Contacts Travelers

    Concerns about even remote chances of Ebola exposure rippled Friday from a U.S. airline to a cruise ship off Belize, with Frontier contacting hundreds who flew with an infected nurse and Carnival quarantining a health worker only tangentially linked to an Ebola patient’s care. The airline’s move relates to Amber Vinson, a Dallas nurse who treated an Ebola patient and then was diagnosed with the virus this week after flying round trip between Dallas and Cleveland. A Centers for Disease […]

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    Why I Take Part in the MS Ride

    It’s a tradition for our KTLA Morning News team to take part in the annual MS Ride from Irvine to San Diego.  We pedal 100 miles to raise money to help people living with MS, and to fund research for a cure. And we are inspired by the other riders. If you’d like to contribute to this worthy cause, you can make a donation at http://www.ridewithsam.com or at http://ericlynne.wix.com/spillman-ms-site

  • Exteriors of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. (Credit: CNN)

    Second Ebola Nurse May Have Had Symptoms Four Days Earlier Than Reported

    A nurse with Ebola may have shown symptoms of the virus as many as four days before authorities once indicated, meaning that she might have been contagious while flying on not just one, but two commercial flights, officials said Thursday. Amber Vinson was hospitalized Tuesday, one day after she took a Frontier flight from Cleveland to Dallas. Tests later found that Vinson — who was among those who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in […]

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    CDC Considers Putting 76 Health Care Workers at Dallas Hospital on TSA’s No-Fly List: Official

    The CDC is considering putting 76 health care workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas hospital on the TSA’s no-fly list, an official familiar with the situation said. The day before she went to the hospital with Ebola symptoms, Amber Vinson was flying halfway across the country on a commercial jet with 132 other people. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said she never should have stepped foot on the flight, but another federal official told CNN […]