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.”
We look back on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela paying particularly close attention to his controversial visit to South Florida in 1999
We take a closer look at the crime problem in this South Florida city paying particularly close attention to the goings-on at a Miami Gardens convenience store. The store owner has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, the mayor, and the police department, alleging police harassment. The state’s attorney has just wrapped up its investigation and there is already fallout following that office’s decision to not charge officers with any crime.
The tragedy surrounding Aaron Vu has placed a spotlight on a group within our community that largely goes unnoticed – South Florida’s Asian community.
It was a night filled with tears and hugs amid unbearable pain. As the community gathered at the Northwest Baptist Church to see Aaron Vu for the last time, there were the expected cries of why. Why was this 10-year old boy gunned down a little more than a week ago?
It’s been two years since Trooper Donna Jane Watts stopped an off-duty Miami police officer as he tore through Broward County at speeds approaching 120 mph.
Barbara Sharief is the new Mayor of Broward County. Just selected this week by her fellow commissioners, Jim and Mayor Sharief talk about where the county is heading and let people get to know their new Mayor.
Jim sits down for an extended interview with the newest member of the Kennedy family to enter politics. Joe Kennedy is a freshman Congressman from Massachusetts. He is the grandson of Bobby Kennedy. President Kennedy was his Great Uncle.
Retired Coast Guard commander Dennis Zecca admitted Monday morning in Miami federal court that he hired what he believed to be a hit man to kill one of the biggest realtors and developers in the Florida Keys.
In recent months, police have negotiated peaceful ends to a number of standoffs, most of them involving people with psychiatric issues, including two veterans.
On a recent visit to South Florida, Joe Kennedy – grandson of the late Bobby Kennedy – talked about his family’s legacy and the 50th anniversary of his great-uncle’s assassination