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.



August 5, 2022

Monkeypox now a public health emergency in the U.S.

U.S. President Biden’s Administration has declared the monkeypox virus a public health emergency, amid more than seven thousand confirmed cases in the U.S. since May. CGTN’s Jim Spellman  shows us how U.S. public health officials are trying to limit spread of the virus. Take a […] Read More...
July 26, 2022

Is the U.S. fully prepared for a Monkeypox outbreak?

  Monkeypox cases are rising in many countries, including the United States where it is reaching up by a third in three days, to nearly 4,000 cases. Some public health experts worry the U.S. may not be fully prepared. CGTN’s Jim Spellman reports. For more, […] Read More...
July 14, 2022

What’s behind Biden’s U-turn on Saudi Arabia?

When running for office, U.S. President Joe Biden promised to change how America deals with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which enjoyed warm relations with the Trump White House. He vowed to stand up for human rights and refused to deal with Crown Prince Mohammed […] Read More...
50th anniversary of Watergate
June 18, 2022

50th anniversary of Watergate

50 years ago, a botched burglary of the Democratic party headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington kicked off a scandal that would bring down a president. Learn more about insider. Read More...
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