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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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera

Jim and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera will cover a variety of topics, including Medicaid expansion and the governor’s decision to sue the federal government. The two will also discuss the announcement this week by Sen. Marco Rubio that he is running for President, and whether Lopez=Cantera is thinking about his own possible Senate run.


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Facing South Florida: The 2015 Florida Legislative Session

With less than a month until the 2015 Florida legislative session adjourns, Jim and his guests look at what the might or might not accomplish, specifically in regards to casino gambling and Medicaid expansion.


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Facing South Florida: Cubans Living in Cuba Poll

Jim and his guests discuss and analyze the recent poll results of Cubans living in Cuba done by Bendixen and Amandi International. Polling is illegal in Cuba, so the fact that this poll was able to be conducted in the first place is a feat onto itself. That aside, the results are eye-opening.


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Facing South Florida: Rubio Ready to Run

Jim and his guests look at how the GOP field is shaping up for the 2016 race for the White House, specifically Sen. Marco Rubio’s expected announcement from the Freedom Tower on Monday April 13th that he is running for President.


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Facing South Florida: Toddler Tragedy

Jim goes one-on-one with Hollywood Police Chief Frank Fernandez for an inside look at the investigation surrounding the disturbing death this week of Ahizya Osceola, whose father and stepmother have been charged in his death.


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Facing South Florida: Children Shot

Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview in the studio with Miami Police Chief “Rudy” Llanes, as the search continues for those responsible for the shooting deaths of a 10-year-old and a 16-year-old this past week.


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Facing South Florida: Police Officers Fired

In this special edition of Facing South Florida, the Fort Lauderdale Police Chief and the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale speak out live for the first time since ther announcement two days prior that four officers had been removed from the force for racist behavior.


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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Jim goes one-on-one with the congresswoman days after her announcement that she will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and instead will seek re-election to her seat in the U.S. House. The two also discuss the 2016 presidential election, specifically Hillary & Jeb. They also touch on international topics including Netanyahu’s re-election and U-S-Israeli relations, Iran nukes and the historic change in U.S.-Cuba relations.


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FBI To Review Racist Cops’ History

The Civil Rights Division of the United States Justice Department has contacted the City of Fort Lauderdale, requesting a meeting next week to discuss the racist behavior of four officers now at the center of national scandal


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Facing South Florida: Dawg Fight

“Dawg Fight”, a revealing look at South Florida’s underground world of backyard fighting had its world premiere this week at the Miami International Film Festival. This documentary is the latest work of Billy Corben, who also directed such notables as “Cocaine Cowboys” and “The U”. “Dawg Fight” gives viewers a glimpse of Miami-Dade County they’ve likely never seen before. Corben gives Jim an inside look on what that world is all about.