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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Rodney Barreto and Jim Berry (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Super Bowl LIV To South Florida

Jim DeFede is joined by Rodney Barreto, member of the South Florida Super Bowl Committee and CBS4 Sports Director, Jim Berry.

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Senator Marco Rubio (Source: CBS4)

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

This Week, Jim DeFede welcomes Senator Marco Rubio to discuss reports that he is being encouraged to re-run for re-election.

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Marco Rubio talks with CBS4's Jim DeFede for Facing South Florida on May 27, 2016. (Source: CBS4)

Rubio Re-Election Talk Grows (And He Seems Okay With It)

Marco Rubio professed he enjoys being in the Senate “very much” and opened the door to running for re-election if his “very close friend” Carlos Lopez-Cantera dropped out of the race.


Marc Caputo and Fernand Amandi (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Political Roundtable

Jim and his guests discuss the latest Bendixen & Amandi poll that looks at Miami-Dade’s mayor’s race and several other topics.


Opa-locka City Hall

Opa-Locka City Manager Places Himself On Leave Amid Investigation

David Chiverton, the embattled city manager of Opa Locka who has been under federal investigation for soliciting bribes from a local businessman, has placed himself on a medical leave of absence.


Congressman Alan Grayson (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Rep. Alan Grayson

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter The democratic congressman joins Jim for a special half-hour to discuss the various issues and controversies surrounding his bid to win Marco Rubio’s Senate seat. Guest:     Congressman Alan Grayson Part one […]


Congressman Alan Grayson (Source: CBS4)

Alan Grayson Touches On Several Topics In Extended Interview

Congressman Alan Grayson recently appeared on CBS Miami’s Facing South Florida to discuss his bid for the United States Senate.


Frank Zambrano (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: FBI’s Inside Man

In March, Federal Agents raided the city offices in Opa-locka, hauling away hundreds of boxes of files.


“Yes, I have made mistakes, serious mistakes, but I was not a bad mother,” former Canadian Consul Roxanne Dube told CBS4's Jim DeFede in her first extended local interview. (Source: CBS4)

Former Canadian Consul Declares After Miami Shootout: ‘I Was Not A Bad Mother’

For the past year Roxanne Dube has been one of the most vilified women in all of South Florida.


Frank Zambrana said he was an informant for the FBI in a corruption case involving several Opa-locka city officials. 
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Exclusive: The FBI’s Man Inside Opa-Locka, Part 2

Frank Zambrana had hoped to find his piece of the American dream repairing and selling farm equipment on an acre of land in Opa-locka.



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