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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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Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Charlie Crist

Jim talks to the former governor-turned-congressman about his new job in the House.

CBS4–04/23/2017

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

Jim talks to Sen. Rubio on a variety of topics including the resignation of State Senator Frank Artiles, and President Trump’s first 100 days.

CBS4–04/23/2017

Facing South Florida: State Sen. Artiles Resigns

Jim examines the scandal surrounding State Senator Frank Artiles.

CBS4–04/23/2017

Rubio Denies Role In Secret Trump-Colombia Meeting

Sen. Rubio denies arranging what has been described as a “secret meeting” between President Trump and two former presidents of Colombia.

04/21/2017

Facing South Florida: New Miami Gardens Police Chief

New Miami Gardens Police Chief, Delma Noel-Pratt joins CBS4’s Jim DeFede to discuss how she will be taking over the force May 1st.

CBS4–04/16/2017

Facing South Florida: Cocaine Cowboy Fugitive Arrested

After 26 years on the run, Gustavo Falcon was captured in Kissimmee where he was living under an assumed identity with his wife and children.

CBS4–04/16/2017

Witness On Takedown Of ‘Cocaine Cowboy’: ‘Pretty Exciting’ For Such ‘A Quiet Neighborhood’

It is hard to imagine one of the final chapters of the legendary Cocaine Cowboys-era would come to a close in a quiet neighborhood in Orlando.

04/13/2017

‘Cocaine Cowboy’ Caught In Florida After 26 Years On The Run

One of the so called “Cocaine Cowboys” – on the run for a quarter of a century – has been arrested.

04/12/2017

Facing South Florida: Syria Reaction With Rep. Ted Deutch

CBS4’s Jim DeFede interviews leading South Florida lawmakers for their reactions to the U.S. attack on Syria.

CBS4–04/09/2017

Facing South Florida: Strike On Syria Reaction

CBS4’s Jim DeFede interviews leading South Florida lawmakers for their reactions to the U.S. attack on Syria.

CBS4–04/09/2017

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