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
  • Los Angeles is pressing forward with a bitterly contested plan to put housing for the homeless on an Echo Park lot. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. Moves Forward With Plan to Build Housing for Homeless on Echo Park Lot

    Los Angeles is pressing forward with a bitterly contested plan to put housing for the homeless on an Echo Park lot, defying the objections of a local nonprofit and a councilman who denounced the move as an attack on the Latino community. “We’re already being attacked by the Trump administration, and now we’re being attacked by our local City Council member,” El Centro del Pueblo program director Fernando Chacon told reporters ahead of the Wednesday vote, flanked by politicians and […]

  • The entrance to the NCAA's headquarters is seen on July 23, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

    California Law Would Allow College Athletes to Be Paid

    The California Assembly has passed a bill to let college athletes make money, setting up a confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of programs at USC, UCLA and Stanford. The bill would let college athletes hire agents and be paid for the use of their name, image or likeness. And it would stop universities and the NCAA from banning athletes who take the money. The Assembly passed the bill 66-0 on Monday, a few days after […]

  • Smoke rises from the site of an attack after a massive explosion the night before near the Green Village in Kabul on Sept. 3, 2019. (Credit: WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump Says Peace Talks With the Taliban Are ‘Dead’ as Afghans Brace for More Bloodshed

    Afghans braced for a possible new wave of Taliban violence Monday after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off nearly a year of talks with the insurgent group just when a deal to end America’s longest war seemed to be at hand. Trump’s stunning weekend announcement that he had canceled a secret meeting with Taliban leaders and the Afghan president at Camp David and halted negotiations left many in Washington and Kabul scrambling to understand just what happens now. “They’re dead,” Trump said […]

  • A sign thanking police and firefighters is seen in Murrieta on Sept. 6, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Containment Rises to 25% in 3rd Day of Tenaja Fire; Evacuation Orders and Warnings Lifted

    Mandatory evacuation orders and warnings were lifted Friday morning as crews continued battling the Tenaja Fire for a third day. Residents of Montanya Place, Botanica Place, Belcara Place, Lone Oak Way, portions of Copper Canyon and The Trails Circle in La Cresta can return to their homes, Riverside County officials confirmed. Evacuation warnings in those areas were lifted at 8 p.m. Friday. Firefighters increased containment of the blaze to 25% Friday evening. The flames burned 2,000 acres, or roughly 3 […]

  • The Charleston, South Carolina, City Hall is boarded up on September 4, 2019, as Hurricane Dorian heads north from Florida. (Credit: CARMEN CUESTA-ROCA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Hurricane Dorian Again a Category 3 as It Nears Carolinas; 3 Killed in Florida as Bahamas Death Toll Rises to 20

    Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane again Wednesday night, with sustained winds of 115 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its core is forecast to approach the coast of South Carolina, near Charleston, on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the hurricane center said. The storm is expected to run parallel along the coast of the Carolinas into Friday. Any deviation to the left could bring the storm’s center onshore, according to the NHC. More than 1 million people […]

  • View of a flooded street in downtown Nassau on September 3, 2019. (Credit: LUCY WORBOYS/AFP/Getty Images)

    ‘We Need Help’: Rescuers in Bahamas Yet to Reach Some Areas Stricken by Hurricane Dorian

    Rescue crews in the Bahamas fanned out across a blasted landscape of smashed and flooded homes Wednesday, trying to reach drenched and stunned victims of Hurricane Dorian and take the full measure of the disaster. The official death toll stood at seven but was certain to rise. A day after the most powerful hurricane on record ever to hit the country finished mauling the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, emergency workers had yet to reach some stricken areas. “Right […]

  • Residents are sighted at Home Depot where they are buying plywood and bottled water on August 29, 2019, as they prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Credit: MICHELE EVE SANDBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

    Dorian Becomes Behemoth Category 4 Storm That Could Hit Florida

    Hurricane Dorian powered toward Florida with increasing fury Friday, becoming an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm but leaving forecasters uncertain whether it would make a direct hit on the state’s east coast or inflict a glancing blow. The storm’s winds rose to 130 mph and then, hours later, to a howling 140 mph as Dorian gained strength while crossing warm Atlantic waters. The hurricane could wallop the state with even higher winds and torrential rains late Monday or early Tuesday, […]

  • A parking ticket is seen in a file photo. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

    Worst L.A. Neighborhoods for Parking Tickets Revealed in New USC Report

    More parking tickets were issued in downtown Los Angeles than any other L.A. neighborhood so far this year, according to a report released Wednesday by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Known for being a heavily congested area where signs advertising parking fees around $10 are the norm, downtown accounted for 105,405 of the more than one million tickets given in the city of L.A. between Jan. 1 and July 31, according to the report’s analysis of data from […]

  • John Brian Mananghaya Aguila is seen in a photo released by police, left, and in one provided by his family to KTLA, right.

    Firefighter’s Disappearance May Be Tied to Burned Body In Upland; 2 Arrested on Suspicion of Murder: Police

    West Covina police on Wednesday said they are investigating a firefighter’s disappearance as a homicide, saying the case could be connected to a burned body found in San Bernardino County late last week. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the killing of 28-year-old John Brian Mananghaya Aguila, according to Cpl. Rudy Lopez, the public information officer for the West Covina Police Department. He identified them as 18-year-old Elijah Rouse and 36-year-old Shaun Cardarelli. Both […]

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