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.



February 11, 2024

Rising tensions over Red Sea conflict

  It has been a month since the U.S., UK and others launched strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen in response to Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea. And the conflict threatens to grow wider as both sides show no signs of backing […] Read More...
February 10, 2024

What to expect from the Super Bowl Sunday

  Super Bowl Sunday will see America’s football championship play out, with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas. And it’s not just the action on the field capturing people’s attention. See what else to expect from the event. Read More...
February 4, 2024

A global call to improve cancer care

  Cancer cases and deaths worldwide are expected to rise sharply in the coming years. Organizers are calling on governments to do what they can to reduce the number of people who are suffering, promote health equity and make medical care more readily accessible.  Read More...
January 19, 2024

Cultural exchanges between China and the U.S.

Though the governments of China and the U.S. sometimes struggle to find common ground, the people of the two countries often find they have more in common than they think. CGTN’s Jim Spellman reports. For more, check out our exclusive content on CGTN Now and […] Read More...
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