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
  • Eric Spillman Tries Boo’s Philly for an Authentic Cheesesteak

    Eric Spillman’s wife is from Philadelphia, and sometimes he gets a hankering for an authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich. He heard Boo’s Philly and Hoagie in Silver Lake was the place to go. Spillman sat down with Boo’s owner, Andrew Ahn and got to try some of their best dishes. Ahn said you can have a yummy Philly cheesesteak with different kinds of cheeses and toppings, but what really makes their sandwiches delicious is their fresh bread and authentic ingredients. Spillman […]

  • Acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli attends a naturalization ceremony inside the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum on July 2, 2019 in New York City. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Results of Planned ICE Raids Are Unclear, Says Acting Director of Immigration Services

    Acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli said Monday he did not know the details of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids targeting undocumented immigrants despite speaking extensively on the matter in the days leading up to the widespread operation. Cuccinelli had previously discussed the operation last week, but told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” Monday that he did “not have operational details” and said Matt Albence, the acting director of ICE, has not reported to him on how many arrests were made […]

  • A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer arrives to a Flatbush Gardens home in search of an undocumented immigrant on April 11, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

    Immigrants in U.S. Illegally Are Hiding Out, Staying Home From Work Amid Looming ICE Raids

    Weeks ago, as President Donald Trump warned that ICE agents were preparing raids across the country, a 41-year-old housekeeper and babysitter in Miami headed to the grocery store with her daughter. They knew they’d be staying inside and needed to stock up on supplies. “I felt that day like it was a hurricane coming,” the undocumented immigrant from Nicaragua told CNN. Since then, the raids Trump threatened haven’t happened. But for millions of undocumented immigrants living across the United States, […]

  • A house is damaged after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck in the area on July 6, 2019, in Trona, Calif. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    How to Help Trona Residents Recovering From July Earthquakes

    Trona, a community of some 1,900 residents in the Mojave Desert, is still recovering Wednesday  after two major earthquakes struck the region on July 4 and July 5. As many as 50 structures sustained damages, including at least 10 homes deemed by inspectors too unsafe to stay in. The water pipes buckled from the powerful shaking, leaving the town with no clean running water amid triple-digit temperatures. Officials and organizations have sent drinking water, portable showers and other supplies to […]

  • Video obtained by CNN shows flight attendant preparing passengers for emergency landing.

    Delta Plane Makes Emergency Landing in North Carolina After Plane’s Engine Fails Mid-Flight

    Passengers were praying and trying to text family members in the moments before a Delta Air Lines flight made an emergency landing in North Carolina. “After we heard the boom we just saw all this smoke come up into the cabin, and that’s when we really started freaking out,” passenger Avery Porch told CNN affiliate WMAR. “It started slowing down a little bit, it started getting hot (and) air cut off.” Nearly 150 passengers on Delta Flight 1425 were headed […]

  • Maps compare the epicenters and impact of the 1994 magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake and the July 5, 2019 temblor that struck near Ridgecrest and Trona. (Credit: Jon Schleuss/Los Angeles Times)

    After Ridgecrest Quake, Experts Find Relatively Little Damage Overall

    After major temblors on July 4 and 5, structural engineers descended on Ridgecrest expecting to study destruction from the largest earthquake to hit Southern California in nearly 20 years. They found relatively little. Yes, mobile homes were torn off foundations, chimneys fell, gas lines leaked and some homes caught fire. But overall, most buildings did fine — and many businesses were up and running within a day or two of the biggest shock, a magnitude 7.1. “Ridgecrest, I’m just amazed,” […]

  • A Trona man fills up containers with water from a truck brought into town by the Searles Domestic Water Co. on July 9, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Without Clean Running Water, Trona Residents Brace for Triple-Digit Temperatures

    The Mojave Desert town of Trona braced for heat Tuesday as they remained without clean running water after pipes buckled from two powerful earthquakes the previous week. Crews have been working on fixing them since the back-to-back temblors on July 4 and 5, but the Searles Domestic Water Co. has not yet provided an estimate of when services will be restored. The damaged pipes brought water from Ridgecrest, a larger community about 20 miles away. In the meantime, San Bernardino […]

  • 1st Fatality in Ridgecrest Earthquake May Be Man Found Dead Under Jeep 100 Miles From Epicenter: Investigators

    The death of a man found Tuesday pinned beneath a vehicle in Nevada, roughly 100 miles away from the epicenter of last week’s major earthquakes near Ridgecrest, is likely related to the destructive temblors, officials said. The death of the 56-year-old man, who hadn’t been seen since the day before the first large quake struck, would be the first related to the largest seismic event in Southern California in the last 20 years. Authorities in Pahrump, a town near the […]

  • Terry Brantley looks at his neighbor's home after it burnt down in an electrical fire following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Ridgecrest on July 6, 2019.(Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump Declares Emergency After 2 Major Earthquakes in SoCal, Thousands of Aftershocks

    President Donald Trump has declared an emergency for California after two major earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks. Monday’s declaration paves the way for federal aid to help those hard-hit by the quakes. The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts in Kern and San Bernardino counties. A magnitude 6.4 quake on Thursday and a 7.1 quake on Friday damaged many homes and roads in the Mojave Desert towns of Ridgecrest and Trona. It could be […]

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