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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Life and Death Inside Zoo Miami

Every year more than a million people visit Zoo Miami. Spread across 700 acres, it is one of the largest zoos in the country. The zoo is home to 3,000 animals, representing 500 different species – including 40 endangered species.

CBS Miami–05/20/2015

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Race Matters: ACLU, NAACP, State Rep. React

Citing a recent CBS4 News investigation, the Miami-Dade branch of the NAACP is asking the county commission to form a task force to improve the way citizens can file complaints against the Miami-Dade police officers.

05/18/2015

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Facing South Florida: Miami Beach Officers And Racist Emails Part II

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates held a news conference to discuss their investigation into thousands of offensive emails discovered inside the police department.

CBS4–05/17/2015

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Facing South Florida: Miami Beach Officers And Racist Emails Part I

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates held a news conference to discuss their investigation into thousands of offensive emails discovered inside the police department.

CBS4–05/17/2015

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Race Matters, Day 3: “These Cases Have Very Serious Consequences”       

During its five-month investigation into the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Crime Suppression Team, CBS4 News reviewed every arrest the officers from the South District Station made in 2014.

05/11/2015

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Facing South Florida: In-Custody Controversy

The video of a Miami Beach police detective slamming his fist into the face of a woman, while her hands were cuffed behind her back, has spread across the internet, and is raising questions about why the officer wasn’t criminally charged.

CBS4–05/10/2015

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Facing South Florida: The 2015 Florida Special Legislative Session

Jim and his guests look ahead to the special session, set for June first, during which time legislators must approve a budget.

CBS4–05/10/2015

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Race Matters, Day 2: “It’s About Quality of Life”

“A Saturation Detail.” In police parlance it is a term used to describe an operation in a particular neighborhood where officers blanket the area.

CBS Miami–05/07/2015

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Race Matters, Part 1: “Tired Of Them Abusing Their Authority”

On August 27th, a group of plain clothes Miami-Dade police officers pulled onto a dead-end street in South Dade and arrested three young black men after finding a single marijuana cigarette on the ground near where the trio was standing.

CBS Miami–05/06/2015

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Facing South Florida: The 2015 Florida Legislative Session

Jim and his guests, State Representative Jose Olive and State Representative Shervin Jones, focus on this week’s meltdown in Tallahassee, where the state legislative session came to an early close, days ahead of schedule.

CBS4–05/03/2015

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