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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
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  • Priest Abuse Survivor Slams Church’s Lack of ‘Morality’ After Damning Grand Jury Report

    Shaun Dougherty, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by a priest in Pennsylvania, doesn’t have anything he’d like to say to Pope Francis. “What am I going to tell a pope?” he asked CNN’s Erica Hill Wednesday morning, when she questioned if he had a message for the pontiff after the Vatican declined to comment on the damning report about sexual abuse by priests and other clergy in the state. “They’re supposed to tell me the morality,” Dougherty continued. “What […]

  • Students head to class in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAUSD Welcomes Students Back for First Day of School

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  • An airline employee stole an otherwise unoccupied passenger plane Friday from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and flew it for an hour with military jets chasing him before crashing in a wooded area 40 miles away. Credit: John Waldron via CNN Wire)

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    Before he crashed and died, the airline worker who authorities said stole and flew a passenger plane in the Seattle area Friday had a wide-ranging discussion with air traffic control — at one point expressing confidence in his flying ability because “I’ve played some video games.” In audio recordings posted on Broadcastify, the man can be heard both resisting and seeking help as a controller and others tried to guide the otherwise unoccupied Horizon Air plane to a landing. The […]

  • Donald Trump listens to Director of Communications for the White House Public Liaison Office Omarosa Manigault during an event in the Oval Office on Oct. 24, 2017. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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  • Mount Rainier is seen from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington, on Nov. 24, 2013. (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Forrest Gordon Clark is shown in a photo released by the U.S. Forest Service on Aug. 8, 2018.

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  • USC President C.L. Max Nikias attends the University of Southern California's commencement ceremony at Alumni Park on May 11, 2018. (Credit: Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

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  • A video posted on BillionGODSun's YouTube page on Aug. 1, 2018 shows a man dragging an unresponsive man off a Blue Line train in Long Beach.

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