2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee

This year, the Bee will return to the Washington, D.C., area to begin a new chapter in its nearly 100-year history. The 2022 national competition will air live on our new broadcast home: ION. This exciting move will make the Bee accessible to the widest audience ever.

Keep reading for more details about how you can watch the Bee and other exciting announcements about the competition.

The bee on ion

In 2022, the Bee will make its primetime debut on ION, Bounce and Laff, available free and over-the-air to viewers as well as on cable and streaming.

ION will televise the Semifinals on June 1 and the Finals on June 2. We will announce a full broadcast schedule and streaming plans in early 2022.


ION, the No. 5 most-watched entertainment network in primetime, and Bounce, America’s first and No. 2 most-watched African American-focused over-the-air network, are each available in nearly 120 million households across the country.

how to watch

take a look at who we booked

LeVar Burton is the host of the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Accomplished actor, director, educator and lifelong children’s literacy advocate, Burton will host the televised Semifinals on June 1 and Finals on June 2, 2022, from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

“The selection of Mr. Burton as host aligns with the mission of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. To have such a prominent advocate for children’s literacy involved in this special and unique competition is a perfect match. We have the same goals: to educate tomorrow’s leaders and build reading competency in all young people.” —Dr. J. Michael Durnil, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Give your student the chance to be one of the 2022 national finalists. Enroll in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program today!


The journey to Washington, D.C., begins with millions of students in classrooms across the country. Enroll your school with the Bee, and one of your students could be our next national champion!

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