Jim DeFede

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Jim DeFede joined CBS4 News in January 2006, providing regular commentary on the evening news. He now serves as an investigative reporter and a member of the CBS4 News I-Team.

Jim DeFede was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 11, 1962. Although his family remains in the same rent-controlled apartment building where he was raised, DeFede left Brooklyn when he was 19 to attend Colorado State University. Much to his mother’s continuing disappointment, however, DeFede never graduated from college.

In 1986, DeFede landed his first job in journalism as a night cops reporter for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington.

In 1991, he accepted an offer to become a staff writer with the weekly newspaper Miami New Times, where he won numerous awards during his eleven year tenure with the paper.

Between 2002 and 2005, DeFede was a metro columnist for The Miami Herald.

DeFede was a regular contributing writer for Tina Brown’s Talk magazine and his work has also appeared in Radar, The New Republic, Newsday, Mother Jones, The (London) Independent, Miami Monthly, Key West Magazine and Loft.

His first book, “The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland,” was published in 2002 by HarperCollins and was recognized with a 2003 Christopher Award for its ability to “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”

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Tim Kaine Setting A Tone At Kendall Rally

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine held a rally at Miami-Dade’s Kendall campus on Sunday as the latest poll shows Clinton and Trump in a dead heat.


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Facing South Florida: Clinton’s Fight For Florida

Jim DeFede travels to Central Florida to interview Orlando Trial Attorney, John Morgan.


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Facing South Florida: Update on Pam Bondi & Trump Donation Controversy

Last week we took a critical look at the $25,000 donation Donald Trump gave to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi back in 2013.


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Facing South Florida: Fight For Florida District 27

Congressional candidate Scott Fuhrman joins Jim DeFede on set to discuss his run for Congress.


CORAL GABLES, FL - DECEMBER 11:  Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami makes opening remarks during the Clinton Foundations Future of the Americas summit at the University of Miami  on December 11, 2014 in Coral Gables, Florida. The summit is bringing together leaders from the private, public, and civic sectors across Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States to work on economic prosperity, investment, and innovation opportunities across the Western Hemisphere.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Donna Shalala Discusses The Fate Of The Clinton Foundation

With less than 50 days until the election, the fate of the Clinton Foundation is yet to be decided.


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Facing South Florida: POTUS On Hot 105

President Barack Obama called in this week to HOT 105 Radio to stir up a little excitement for Hillary Clinton.


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Facing South Florida: Donald Trump & Pam Bondi: Partisan Politics or Political Scandal?

Jim takes an in-depth chronological look at the possible scandal involving Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, which has Trump University at the center of it all.


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Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Marco Rubio

The senator sits down at the roundtable with Jim to talk about his re-election campaign and the only potential obstacle standing in his way of a second term—Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy.


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Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Carlos Gimenez

One week after Jim’s extended interview on Facing with Raquel Regalado, Mayor Carlos Gimenez’ opponent in the November general election, the Mayor sits-down with Jim to talk about his re-election bid.


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Facing South Florida: On To The November General Election

With the Florida primary results final and in the books, Jim and his guests look ahead to the November general election.



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