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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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Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald County Hall reporter (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Miami-Dade Budget Battle

This week Miami-Dade commissioners set the millage, raising rates slightly and setting the stage for a major battle down the road.

CBS4–07/21/2014

State Senator Dwight Bullard (FL-39th District) (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Crist Chooses a Running Mate

Charlie Crist chooses the head of Miami-Dade’s Democratic Party to become his running mate for governor. What does the selection of Annette Taddeo add to the Crist ticket?

CBS4–07/21/2014

Lynn Summers, Friends of the Library Board member (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Miami-Dade Libraries

Jim welcomes a member of the Friends of the Library board and a library operations supervisor to discuss the impact of proposed Miami-Dade County budget cuts. Mayor Gimenez wants to increase the library millage while cutting fire and countywide millage rates, in effect taking from the county and fire to give to the libraries. They will discuss why the library group opposes this plan.

CBS4–07/14/2014

Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Miami-Dade Fireboats

Jim sits down with president of the Miami-Dade Firefighter’s Union Al Cruz, and Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey to talk about the fallout surrounding the July 4th boating tragedy in Biscayne Bay that left 4 people dead, and a lot of unanswered questions. The three will see if they can negotiate a solution to the fireboat controversy.

CBS4–07/14/2014

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Miami Fire Chief: Agencies Will Analyze Rescue Efforts Of July 4th Boating Accident Victims

Nearly a week after the July Fourth tragedy on Biscayne Bay in which four people died and a dozen others were injured, Miami Fire Chief Maurice Kemp says the various local fire departments, police departments and state and federal agencies that responded to the tragedy will analyze their efforts.

07/10/2014

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez (Source: CBS4)

Gimenez: Fire Union To Blame For Fireboat Fiasco

Just days after the county faced criticism for not having its fireboats available during the July Fourth boating tragedy that left four people dead and a dozen injured, Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez proposed a budget that takes $3.3 from the fire department and transfers it to the libraries.

07/08/2014

Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward County (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Scott Israel

Jim sits down with the Broward County Sheriff for reaction to his 10-20-Life investigation and a variety of other topics, including Broward’s homeless initiative.

My TV 33–06/30/2014

Rosie Diaz (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: 10-20-Life

As we approach the 15th anniversary of when Florida’s 10-20-Life law went into effect, Jim’s investigation looks at the impact it has had, or not had on gun violence in South Florida. Are our streets safer? Are there fewer shootings? Are there problems with the 10-20-Life law? Is it working? Jim’s in-depth look answers these questions and more.

CBS4–06/30/2014

Vincent DeGennaro (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The V-A Scandal

New developments in Jim’s ongoing investigation. This week Jim confronts local VA officials—the director of the Miami V-A, and its embattled chief of staff.

CBS4–06/23/2014

Bob Graham (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Bob Graham

Jim sits down with the former Florida governor and senator to talk about a variety of subjects, including the crisis in Iraq, the Florida governor’s race, immigration, and Cuba offshore drilling.

CBS4–06/23/2014

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