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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
  • California Proposal to Charge Texting Fee Could Be Blocked by New FCC Ruling

    California regulators want to tax text messages to increase funds for programs that bring connectivity to underserved residents. A new surcharge proposed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) wouldn’t be a per-text tax, but a monthly fee based on a cellular bill that includes any fees for text-message services. Most carriers offer a flat fee option for texting, and already charge a similar fee for other services included in the bill — such as phone calls. The exact structure […]

  • Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court on Nov. 29, 2018 in New York City. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison, Trump’s Former Fixer Michael Cohen Says ‘Blind Loyalty’ Led to ‘Dirty Deeds’

    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss’ alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds” out of “blind loyalty.” Separately, the legal and political peril surrounding Trump appeared to deepen when prosecutors announced that another major piece of the investigation had fallen into place: The parent company of […]

  • Reba McEntire sings 'The Lord's Prayer' during a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martins Episcopal Church on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Credit: David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)

    Texas Bids Farewell to Former President George H.W. Bush With Country Music, Funeral Train

    Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush’s remains to their final resting place on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal feel in an emotional home state farewell. Some people laid coins along the tracks that wound through small town Texas so a 420,000-pound locomotive pulling the nation’s first funeral train in nearly half a century could crunch them […]

  • The casket of George H.W. Bush is seen during funeral services on Dec. 5, 2018. (Credit: CNN)

    George H.W. Bush Celebrated at Funeral as ‘Last Great Soldier-Statesman’

    The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad as “the brightest of a thousand points of light.” After three days of remembrance in the capital […]

  • A U.S. military honor guard stands watch as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda December 03, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    George H. W. Bush to Lie in State Through Wednesday; Remembered as ‘Great Man’ and ‘Gentle Soul’

    Soldiers, citizens in wheelchairs and long lines of others on foot wound through the hushed Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday to view George H.W. Bush’s casket and remember a president whose legacy included World War military service and a landmark law affirming the rights of the disabled. Bob Dole, a compatriot in war, peace and political struggle, steadied himself out of his wheelchair and saluted his old friend and one-time rival. As at notable moments in his life, Bush brought together […]

  • A ceremony was held honoring George H.W. Bush at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 3, 2018. (Credit: Pool)

    George H.W. Bush’s Body Returns to Washington D.C. to Lie in State

    The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike. With Bush’s casket atop the Lincoln Catafalque, first used for Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 funeral, dignitaries came forward Monday to honor the Texan whose efforts for his country extended three quarters of […]

  • Mud surrounds a Malibu home that was already burned by the Woolsey Fire. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘It’s a War Zone,’ Malibu Resident Says After Woolsey Fire, Mudslide Hit Same Neighborhood

    Cleanup crews in Malibu worked through the night to begin clearing a mudslide that prompted immediate evacuation orders in a Malibu Park neighborhood that was already hit hard by the Woolsey Fire earlier this month. The slide occurred when a heavy downpour sent mud and debris down to Cuthbert Road between Horizon Drive and Busch Drive at about 4 p.m. Thursday. The area was immediately evacuated as a precaution while cleanup crews went to work despite the risk of another […]

  • A minor rock slide is seen in the Decker Canyon area on Nov. 29, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Powerful SoCal Storm Prompts Mudslide Fears, Closure of Pepperdine’s Malibu Campus

    A powerful storm moving through Southern California prompted Pepperdine University to cancel classes at their Malibu campus Thursday as recent burn area residents concerned themselves with the possibility of mudslides. “Due to rain in the area and uncertainty with road conditions, classes are canceled and offices are closed,” the University posted on its website just before 6:30 a.m. The statement warned students and staff not to use canyon roads near the campus. That message was echoed by fire officials. “If […]

  • Some canyon homes were left untouched amid the surrounding charred and blackened hillsides from the Woolsey Fire along Lobo Canyon Road in Agoura Hills, destroyed by the Woolsey Fire and as seen on Nov. 15, 2018. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

    Malibu Residents Warned of Potential Flooding, Mudslides, Power Outages

    Rain has been forecast for Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, and authorities are warning Malibu residents to prepare for possible flooding, mudslides, power outages and evacuations on Wednesday and Thursday. Rain poses a threat for communities affected by the Woolsey Fire, as it may push mud and debris to flow down, and potentially damage homes and kill and injure those in its path, according to authorities. Those in affected areas are advised to stay away from areas that are particularly […]