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.



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May 24, 2020

How COVID-19 pandemic affects China-U.S. relations

China-U.S. relations began the year on a positive note, when President Donald Trump and Vice Premier Liu He signed the phase one trade deal at the White House. But that was mid-January and by then COVID-19 was already spreading, bringing new challenges to the relationship between the world’s […] Read More...
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May 13, 2020

Restaurants reopening in West Virginia

Two months ago, most businesses in the state of West Virginia closed as COVID-19 spread in the U.S.. Rich Schaffer is the owner of the Rabbit Hole restaurant. Schaffer says he received 110-thousand dollars from the federal government, but that money is running out. West […] Read More...
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May 8, 2020

Cruise ship crew member shares lockdown experience at sea

For most of us “Social distancing” has meant staying in our houses or apartments with our families plus the occasional walk through the neighborhood or trip the grocery store or carry-out restaurant. But for Ezra Freeman, an onboard entertainer for Princess Cruises, it has meant lockdown […] Read More...
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May 5, 2020

Music may provide key to coronavirus cure

The coronavirus has ravaged the world, leading to unimaginable death and destruction. During the outbreak, music has provided an avenue to lift spirits, and some scientists say it may also hold the key to a cure. Read More...
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April 30, 2020

COVID-19: Over one million cases confirmed in the U.S.

The U.S. has passed a grim milestone: more than one million confirmed cases of COVID-19. But there are some signs social-distancing measures may have “flattened the curve” – there are no longer exponential increases in new cases, hospitalizations or deaths in large population centers. “But we’re still by no […] Read More...
November 4, 2019

US begins withdrawal from Paris climate accord

The Paris agreement was negotiated in 2015 and took effect the following year. Chinese President Xi Jinping and then U.S. President Barack Obama led efforts to bring nearly every country in the world into the agreement. Read More...
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