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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Air Traffic Controller Shortage Affects South Florida

Staffing shortages among air traffic controllers have reached a crisis level in this country, according to their union. And they said it is particularly true right here in South Florida.


Jim DeFede (CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The Syrian Refugee Vote

On Thursday, Lawmakers in the U.S. House voted to essentially halt a program aimed at resettling thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn homeland.


Alissa Schafer. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Pam Bondi vs. Michael Bloomberg

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has spent more than $10 million in the past two weeks on a massive TV ad campaign attacking the Attorneys General in four states, including Florida’s own Pam Bondi, accusing her of siding with polluters


Wallace Aristide and Frank Zenere. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Teen Murders — Miami Northwestern

In the past year, four kids from the school have been shot to death.


For the first time in at least 30 years, assistant public defenders are working in the branch courthouses across Miami-Dade County. They are assisting people charged with misdemeanors. (Source: CBS4)

Race Matters: Public Defender Now Staffing Branch Courts

For the first time in at least 30 years, assistant public defenders are working in the branch courthouses across Miami Dade County. They are assisting people charged with misdemeanors.


Ken Russell. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Meet the New City of Miami Commissioner

On Tuesday, Ken Russell will be elected to the Miami City Commission, replacing Marc Sarnoff.


Myriam Marquez and Millie Herrera. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Immigration & Minimum Wage

We discuss issues discussed during the GOP Debate this past Tuesday mainly focusing on Immigration and the push for higher minimum wage.


Luther 'Uncle Luke' Campbell (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Luther Campbell

He’s worn many hats over the years. Musician, activist, volunteer and now, author.


Luis Martinez and Chris Willis (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Tolls & Transportation

Have you had it up to here with rising tolls on South Florida roadways and not having a say in the process?


WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11:  Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), speaks at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council, on October 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The summit, which goes for three days, is attended by a number of Republican senators and high profile conservative voices in American politics.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

GOP Presidential Hopeful Rubio Under Fire For Finances

Marco Rubio’s rise in the polls is drawing attention not only from Donald Trump but a new scrutiny from the national press – particularly on the issue of his personal finances.



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