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, 2022

Latest on inflation in the U.S.

  The Consumer Price Index for last month shows inflation cooling in the U.S., but not as much as many analysts had expected.  The good news for consumers: gas prices are way down. The bad news: just about everything is costing more. CGTN’s Jim Spellman […] Read More...
September 2, 2022

The latest on COVID-19 in the U.S.

  Most COVID-19 restrictions in the United States have been lifted.  New cases, hospitalizations and deaths have been declining in recent weeks and new vaccine boosters will soon be available. But the pandemic isn’t over and public health officials warn that new challenges may emerge at […] Read More...
Water crisis in Mississippi
August 31, 2022

Water crisis in Mississippi

Years of neglect combined with floodwaters from recent storms have left residents of Jackson, Mississippi with a major water crisis. The governor has declared a state of emergency and called up National Guard troops to help manage the crisis. Read More...
Biden talks crime prevention in Pennsylvania
August 31, 2022

Biden talks crime prevention in Pennsylvania

U.S. President Joe Biden visited Pennsylvania on Tuesday and talked about crime prevention and gun violence. It’s the first of three visits in the coming days to key political battleground states ahead of midterm elections. Read More...
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...
See all posts by Jim Spellman >