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 2005, following the death of 17-year-old Omar Paisley, Dale Dobuler took over as superintendent of the Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Center. The detention center was under intense scrutiny because of the teen’s death. For days Paisley had writhed in pain, suffering from a bout of appendicitis. The guards and nurses, however, ignored his pleas for help and Paisley ultimately died from a ruptured appendix.
The Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Center, made infamous 10 years ago when guards and nurses allowed a teenage boy to suffer a painful and preventable death from appendicitis, is facing a new scandal after another 17 year old died because he failed to receive the proper medical attention after being beaten by as many as twenty kids.
On Tuesday, Broward County Commissioners will consider an ordinance allowing police and sheriff’s deputies the option of issuing a ticket to individuals caught with a small amount of marijuana rather than formally arresting them.
CBS4’s report that Donald Trump brings in foreign workers to staff his Mar-A-Lago resort in West Palm has forced the republican front runner to play defense. Rival Jeb Bush seized the opportunity to attack the billionaire.
A CBS4 News review of U.S. Labor Department records found that Trump businesses have requested hundreds of visas in recent years claiming they were unable to find Americans willing to do even the most basic tasks.
The White House released a picture Friday of President Obama on the phone with Cuban leader Raul Castro.
The Miami Dade County Commissioner has spent nearly $300,000 on television ads attacking Mayor Carlos Gimenez over a variety of issues from transportation to the need to spay and neuter pets.
Jim and his guests dissect Trump’s presidential campaign and discuss what makes it tick.
The sketch released Thursday by police agencies searching for a man who has been spying on and sexually terrorizing women in Coral Gables, Miami and Miami Dade County, was developed using a new DNA technology that could revolutionize the way crimes are investigated.
This week’s Facing South Florida is a one-on-one interview with Rep. Patrick Murphy who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio as he runs for President.