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. Since then, he has covered virtually every major news event in Southern California.

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, including the annual MS Bay to Bay bike ride. In his limited free time, he enjoys mountain biking, rollerblading and sleeping.


Recent Articles
  • Dodgers players celebrate defeating the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS in 2017. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

    L.A. City Council to Vote on Asking MLB to Award Championship Trophies to Dodgers

    The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote within the next week on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to recall the championship trophies presented to the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018 “and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers.” Councilman Gil Cedillo, one of the sponsors of the resolution, said he expects the council to approve it. As of late Wednesday, the city clerk had not yet determined what day the resolution would […]

  • A Dodgers fan discusses the Astros cheating scandal with Eric Spillman on Jan. 14, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    Dodger Fan Says He and His Friends Want to File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Astros

    One of the many Los Angeles Dodgers fans outraged by the Houston Astros’ actions in the 2017 season, which ended in a World Series loss for the L.A. team, said he and his friends were considering filing a class-action lawsuit. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday before the team fired them over violation of rules against the use of video equipment to steal signs during matches. “We’re looking for an […]

  • Dodgers fans react on Nov. 1, 2017 at a bar in downtown Los Angeles after watching their team lose 5-1 to the Houston Astros in the final game of the World Series. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

    Dodgers, Other Teams Asked by MLB Not to Comment on Astros Cheating Scandal

    It’s official: The Houston Astros are cheaters. The commissioner of baseball himself said so, in a nine-page report issued Monday. In his report, Rob Manfred cited the 2017 Astros for repeated violations of rules that banned the use of video equipment to steal signs during a game. In the last game of the 2017 season, the Astros won the World Series championship, beating the Dodgers. So that makes the Dodgers the 2017 World Series champs, right? No. Manfred did not […]

  • Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wave as they leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Credit: Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

    Queen Says Royal Family Has Agreed on ‘Period of Transition’ for Prince Harry and Meghan

    Queen Elizabeth II says the royal family has agreed on a “period of transition,” during which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will split their time between Canada and the UK, after the couple announced last week they wished to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family. The statement came after Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry met at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, 100 miles north of London, to […]

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 19, 2019. (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

    House to Vote Thursday on Measure to Limit Trump’s Actions Against Iran

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  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks from the White House on January 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Trump Addresses Nation, Says Iran Appears to Be ‘Standing Down’ After Strike

    The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war on Wednesday as President Donald Trump signaled he would not retaliate militarily for Iran’s missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. No one was harmed in the strikes, but U.S. forces in the region remained on high alert. Speaking from the White House, Trump seemed intent on deescalating the crisis, which spiraled after he authorized the targeted killing last week of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani. Iran […]

  • Iranian mourners gather during the final stage of funeral processions for slain top general Qasem Soleimani, in his hometown Kerman on January 7, 2020. (Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)

    56 Killed, 213 Injured in Stampede at Funeral for Iran General Killed by U.S.

    A stampede broke out Tuesday at the funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a U.S. airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession, Iranian news reports said. The stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as the procession began, said Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency medical services. There was no information about what set off the crush. Online videos showed […]

  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House on December 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Trump Rails Against Delay in Sending Articles of Impeachment to Senate

    President Donald Trump was heading south to sunny Florida on Friday after his historic impeachment, while plans for his speedy trial back in Washington remained clouded. Senate leaders jockeying for leverage failed to agree on procedures and perhaps new witnesses for the trial. Trump is still expected to be acquitted of both charges in the Senate, where Republicans have the majority, in what will be only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Proceedings are expected to begin in […]

  • US President Donald Trump arrives on stage for a Keep America Great Rally at Kellogg Arena December 18, 2019, in Battle Creek, Michigan. (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

    House of Representatives Makes History With Nearly Party-Line Impeachment of President Donald Trump

    The deeply divided House of Representatives took the historic step to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, charging a president with high crimes and misdemeanors for just the third time in American history. The House voted almost entirely along party lines for two articles of impeachment to remove the President from office — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — sending the case to the Senate for a trial expected to start next month. The impeachment votes marked the culmination of a sprawling […]

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