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.”
On the eve of the start of the new school year, Jim sits down for a special half hour with Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Albert Carvalho. The two discuss the new standards replacing the FCAT as well as how the district will handle the influx of refugee children in our community from Central America.
The race for the District 8 Miami-Dade County Commission seat is between incumbent Lynda Bell and challenger Daniella Levine Cava. The election is Tuesday August 26th, but Bell and Levine Cava will debate the issues in a special half-hour edition of Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede.
This week Miami-Dade commissioners set the millage, raising rates slightly and setting the stage for a major battle down the road.
Charlie Crist chooses the head of Miami-Dade’s Democratic Party to become his running mate for governor. What does the selection of Annette Taddeo add to the Crist ticket?
Jim welcomes a member of the Friends of the Library board and a library operations supervisor to discuss the impact of proposed Miami-Dade County budget cuts. Mayor Gimenez wants to increase the library millage while cutting fire and countywide millage rates, in effect taking from the county and fire to give to the libraries. They will discuss why the library group opposes this plan.
Jim sits down with president of the Miami-Dade Firefighter’s Union Al Cruz, and Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey to talk about the fallout surrounding the July 4th boating tragedy in Biscayne Bay that left 4 people dead, and a lot of unanswered questions. The three will see if they can negotiate a solution to the fireboat controversy.
Nearly a week after the July Fourth tragedy on Biscayne Bay in which four people died and a dozen others were injured, Miami Fire Chief Maurice Kemp says the various local fire departments, police departments and state and federal agencies that responded to the tragedy will analyze their efforts.
Just days after the county faced criticism for not having its fireboats available during the July Fourth boating tragedy that left four people dead and a dozen injured, Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez proposed a budget that takes $3.3 from the fire department and transfers it to the libraries.
Jim sits down with the Broward County Sheriff for reaction to his 10-20-Life investigation and a variety of other topics, including Broward’s homeless initiative.
As we approach the 15th anniversary of when Florida’s 10-20-Life law went into effect, Jim’s investigation looks at the impact it has had, or not had on gun violence in South Florida. Are our streets safer? Are there fewer shootings? Are there problems with the 10-20-Life law? Is it working? Jim’s in-depth look answers these questions and more.