Location and Admission

The event takes place on the Independence Concourse (level 5-B) of the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street (10th and H Streets), N.W., in downtown Washington, D.C. The event is not open to the general public.


Upon arriving at the Grand Hyatt Washington on May 26 and 27, members of the media should see our Press Desk outside the Independence Ballroom. On Thursday, May 28, credentials may be obtained from our staff at the 3B Registration Desk on the Constitution level of the Grand Hyatt Washington. Members of the media must obtain credentials prior to being granted admission to the competition venue on Thursday.

Press Desk Services

Members of our staff will be stationed at our Press Desk immediately outside the Grand Hyatt Washington's Independence Ballroom during the hours of competition on May 27 and 28. The Press Desk phone number is 202-­­­239-4060.


Paige P. Kimble is the director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She will be available to answer questions before and after Bee Week as well as during Bee Week when the competition is not in session. Paige is the 1981 national champion, and she has served the program in various capacities since 1984. Before May 22 and after May 29, Paige may be contacted by phone (513-977-3040), by fax (513-977-3803), and by e-mail (bee@scripps.com). Between May 22 and May 29, Paige may be reached by calling the Press Desk phone number (202-­­­239-4060).

Tim King, vice president of corporate communications and investor relations for The E.W. Scripps Company, will serve as the media liaison during Bee Week. He may be reached May 25 through May 29 by calling the Press Desk phone number (202-­­­239-4060).

Updates and Round Results

Round results will be posted to www.spellingbee.com in real time on May 27 and 28. Members of the media who are on site and need a report urgently should visit the Press Desk for a results printout from the Internet. Members of our Press Desk can also provide a phone update (202-239-4060).

Requests for Interviews

Corrie E. Loeffler, project manager for the Bee, serves as interview coordinator for the champion.

Corrie's e-mail address is corrie.loeffler@scripps.com. Her phone number before May 22 and after May 29 is 513-977-3040. Her phone number between May 22 and May 29 is 202-­­­239-4060.

During Bee Week—from May 24 to May 30—members of the media who desire an interview with a speller (not the champion) should call the Grand Hyatt Washington (202-582-1234) and ask to be connected to the speller's room. Also, spellers may be found in or near the Independence Ballroom during competition hours.

Broadcast Information

  • The Preliminaries: Round Three airs live on ESPN360.com from 1:15 to 6:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27.
  • The Semifinals air live on ESPN from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 28.
  • The Championship Finals air live on ABC from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 28.

Coverage Rights and Video Cameras

ESPN and ABC hold exclusive live-coverage rights for all competition hours on Thursday, May 28. Absolutely no personal video cameras and no television video cameras—other than ESPN's and ABC's—will be allowed in the Independence Ballroom for the ABC live broadcast.