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.”
In this special edition of Facing South Florida, the Fort Lauderdale Police Chief and the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale speak out live for the first time since ther announcement two days prior that four officers had been removed from the force for racist behavior.
Jim goes one-on-one with the congresswoman days after her announcement that she will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and instead will seek re-election to her seat in the U.S. House. The two also discuss the 2016 presidential election, specifically Hillary & Jeb. They also touch on international topics including Netanyahu’s re-election and U-S-Israeli relations, Iran nukes and the historic change in U.S.-Cuba relations.
The Civil Rights Division of the United States Justice Department has contacted the City of Fort Lauderdale, requesting a meeting next week to discuss the racist behavior of four officers now at the center of national scandal
“Dawg Fight”, a revealing look at South Florida’s underground world of backyard fighting had its world premiere this week at the Miami International Film Festival. This documentary is the latest work of Billy Corben, who also directed such notables as “Cocaine Cowboys” and “The U”. “Dawg Fight” gives viewers a glimpse of Miami-Dade County they’ve likely never seen before. Corben gives Jim an inside look on what that world is all about.
With one month to go before “tax day”, taxpayers have more to worry about than getting their return filed on time—including a shortage of workers at the IRS could slow down getting that much-needed refund. Jim flushes out the role politics plays with the IRS with a local professor. Jim also looks at a free way people in South Florida can help avoid becoming a tax identity theft victim, at a time when tax refund thefts have never been higher.
Three of the four Coconut Creek police officers now under investigation for repeatedly Tasering an unarmed man who subsequently died in police custody, should not have been carrying Tasers on the day of the incident, according to documents obtained by CBS4 News.
The Coconut Creek Police Department has been in the spotlight this week over the circumstances surrounding the in-custody death of a suspect and the department’s reluctance to talk about exactly what happened.
Officials say Florida students have finally been able to take the FSA, the state’s new standardized test.
After two weeks, Coconut Creek officials broke their silence about the death of a man who died while in police custody.
John Arendale and Bonnie Eshleman were sound asleep when the sound of a commotion outside their front door, followed by two loud, firecracker sounding pops, roused them from their bed to see what was happening.