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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MT. PLEASANT, SC - FEBRUARY 10: Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich talks to the crowd at Finn's Brick Oven Pizzaduring a campaign stop on February 10, 2016 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary will be held February 20, 2016. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

John Kasich On Cuba, Social Security And Voters’ Mood

CBS4 News caught up to Ohio Gov. John Kasich last month at a town hall meeting in Hooksett, New Hampshire, prior to his strong second place finish Tuesday in the nation’s first primary.


CBS4's Jim DeFede made a stop at the Derry Barber Shop for a little trim and to talk a little politics. (Source: CBS4)

A Little Trim, A Little Politics In A New Hampshire Barbershop

Dana Langley is the owner of the Derry Barbershop and has been cutting hair in a cozy New Hampshire town for more than twenty years. He knows the unique view folks in his state have during the presidential race.


Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush speaks as Marco Rubio looks on during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate, October 28, 2015 at the Coors Event Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. (Source: Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

Jeb Bush And Marco Rubio Square Off In New Hampshire

On a cold New Hampshire morning, with the temperature dipping to just six degrees, Nick Del’Etoile attended the latest in a series of presidential candidate forums hosted by the Derry Chamber of Commerce. The two candidates he’s torn between – Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.


Howard Simon (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: ACLU Seatbelt Study

We take a deeper dive into the study that shows black drivers are twice as likely as white drivers to be stopped and cited for failing to wear a seatbelt.


Freddy Balsera (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The 2016 Race

We will look at latest polls, dissect the GOP debate from Thursday, talk Trump, Hillary v. Bernie, and the war between air war Jeb and Marco.


WASHINGTON - MAY 17:  Washington Metropolitan police officers write tickets to drivers that were pulled over during a click it or ticket check point May 17, 2004 in Washington, DC. More than 12,000 law enforcement agencies prepare to take to America's roadways for the national "Click It Or Ticket" mobilization. U.S. Congress has funded approximately 30 million dollars for national and state radio and television advertising that will be aimed at those least likely to buckle up.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

ACLU: Blacks Ticketed For Seat Belts Twice Rate Of Whites In Florida

Black drivers in Florida were twice as likely as white drivers to be stopped and cited for failing to wear a seat belt, according to a new study by the American Civil Liberties Union.


Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Cuban Refugee Crisis

This week Jim DeFede goes in-depth on the latest Cuban refugee crisis South Florida is facing.


CBS4's Jim DeFede sits down with presidential candidate Marco Rubio in New Hampshire. (Source: CBS4)

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

This week on Facing South Florida Jim DeFede interviews presidential candidate Marco Rubio from New Hampshire, where most of presidential candidates hosted campaign events for voters.


Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio sat down or a one-on-one with CBS4's Jim DeFede while in New Hampshire on January 7, 2016. (Source: CBS4)

Marco Rubio Highlighting His Faith On Campaign Trail

Marco Rubio believes that if he were elected president he would be an instrument of God’s will.


CBS4's Jim DeFede sits down with Jeb Bush for a one-on-one interview in New Hampshire. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Jeb Bush

This week on Facing South Florida Jim DeFede reports from Manchester, New Hampshire where most of presidential candidates hosted campaign events for voters.



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