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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.


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  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin offers a ball of the 2018 football World Cup to President Donald Trump during a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Credit: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands before attending a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Credit: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • A surfer hits the waves in Ventura on July 4, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

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  • The wife of fallen firefighter Capt. Dave Rosa receives a hug during a memorial service at the Long Beach Convention Center on July 3, 2018. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

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  • A reporter buys a Capital Gazette newspaper on June 29, 2018, in Annapolis, Maryland, a day after a gunman five people at the publication's office. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • A Guatemalan woman and her infant daughter seeking asylum pass the time at a Catholic Charities relief center on June 17, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. (Credit: LOREN ELLIOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • A protestor is arrested during a demonstration over a visit to Los Angeles by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 26, 2018. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images)

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