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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DAVIE, FL - OCTOBER 15:  Former Florida Governor and Democratic candidate for Governor Charlie Crist (L) and Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott participate in a televised debate at Broward College on October 15, 2014 in Davie, Florida. Governor Scott is facing off against Crist in the November 4, 2014 governors race.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

CBS4’s Jim DeFede Breaks Down The Gubernatorial Debate

With the issue over a fan taking center stage at the beginning of the gubernatorial debate on Wednesday night, both candidates finally took the podium and argued over issues affecting Florida.

10/16/2014

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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Carlos Curbelo

Jim sits down with Carlos Curbelo for an extended one-on-one interview. The two discuss Florida’s 26th Congressional District race, which voters will decide on November 4th. Mr. Curbelo is challenging the incumbent Rep. Joe Garcia.

CBS4–10/13/2014

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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Adrian Wyllie

Jim goes one-on-one with the Libertarian candidate for Florida governor. The two discuss where Wyliie stands on the various issues, and the lawsuit he filed to try and participate in the October 15 gubernatorial debate with Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist.

CBS4–10/13/2014

October 10, 2014: Jim DeFede interviews Carlos Curbelo. (Source: CBS4)

Curbelo Clients Include Ecuadorean Fugitive

For months, Republican congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo refused to release a list of clients he has represented over the years through his public relations and lobbying firm, Capitol Gains.

10/10/2014

US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Host Jim DeFede sat down with U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to discuss a number of issues.

10/06/2014

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott, left, and former Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist. (Source:  by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

New Fla. Gov. Polls Reveal Flip-Flop, Crist Now Leading

It’s coming down to the wire in the Florida gubernatorial race between Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic candidate Charlie Crist. Two new surveys have Crist marginally leading the incumbent governor.

10/02/2014

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Facing South Florida: Medical Marijuana

On this week’s Facing South Florida, host Jim Defede sits down with two of the bigger players in the medical marijuana initiative.

09/30/2014

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Loaded Shotgun, Ammo Found At Miami International Airport

A loaded shotgun was found Monday inside one of the bathroom’s at Miami International Airport.

09/23/2014

A body camera on a police officer. (Source: CBS4)

Are You Camera Ready? Police Body Cams Are Here

Long before the events in Ferguson, Missouri created a drum beat for police officers to start wearing body cameras – a few dozen police departments around the country were already experimenting with them.

09/22/2014

Boot Camp (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Last Chance Boot Camp

Jim updates his 4-month investigation which aired last week as a special half-hour edition of Facing South Florida. It now appears that Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will restore the money to save the state’s remaining boot camp. This happened the day after Jim’s special aired.

CBS4–09/22/2014

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