Jim Spellman

Jim Spellman

Jim Spellman is a CGTN-America Correspondent based in Washington DC.

Spellman joined CGTN-America in 2013 and covers a variety of subjects including Intelligence, Defense, Science and Technology.

Before coming to CGTN-America he was a journalist at CNN for over a decade, most recently posted in Denver, Colorado. He reported for CNN, CNN International, HLN and CNN.COM.

Spellman has covered the legalization of marijuana, the tragic Aurora theater shooting and the 2008 and 2012 elections. He specialized in disaster reporting: covering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as well as Hurricanes, Wildland Fires, Floods, Blizzards and Tornadoes

In 2005 he was part of the CNN team that won the prestigious Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 Alfred DuPont- Columbia University Award for coverage of the Tsunami in South Asia.

Before beginning his journalism career Spellman played drums an alternative rock band Velocity Girl, touring the world and recording albums, winning. The group was awarded a Platinum record for their contribution to the soundtrack for the 1995 movie Clueless.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland.



September 14, 2023

U.S. Judge rules DACA unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled a program allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the United States is unlawful. What does this mean for the future of DACA? Read More...
August 24, 2023

U.S. sports betting expected to expand

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ban on sports betting outside of select cities, the activity has grown in dozens of states. Now in the coming months, more states are expected to follow suit. Read More...
Trump faces indictments ahead of presidential election
August 3, 2023

Trump faces indictments ahead of presidential election

Former U.S. President Donald Trump faces additional civil and criminal cases, and the timing of which are all on a collision course with next year’s U.S. presidential election. There is no roadmap for how the U.S. will handle an election with a major candidate facing such serious legal jeopardy. Read More...
July 11, 2023

Caring for an aging population

July 11th marks World Population Day, a day to focus on the world’s ever-changing demographics. Here in the U.S., the population is aging fast, while becoming more diverse. Read More...
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