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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Race Matters: Marijuana Cases Flood Court System

As part of our continuing series, CBS4 News expanded its review, focusing on the racial disparities for marijuana arrests across Miami Dade County.

CBS Miami–06/29/2015

Professor Donald Jones from the University of Miami and Broward County Vice Mayor Martin Kiar. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Broward County- Civil Citation

In response to Jim DeFede’s Race Matters series, Broward County has recently announced that they too will consider civil citations as another alternative for police officers to use when dealing with people who possess small amounts of marijuana.

CBS4–06/28/2015

Professor Donald Jones from the University of Miami. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Race Matters- Marijuana Arrests

In response to Jim DeFede’s series titled Race Matters: Policing By The Numbers, reaction was quick and widespread.

CBS4–06/28/2015

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Facing South Florida: Jeb Bush Announcement

A look at what’s ahead for Jeb Bush after he announces his bid for President earlier this week from Miami-Dade College.

CBS4–06/21/2015

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Facing South Florida: Charleston Church Massacre

We will focus on the church massacre that took place in Charleston, South Carolina.

CBS4–06/21/2015

2016 Presidential Hopeful Marco Rubio (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Rubio Addresses Several Questions At Dade Republican Dinner

Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio addressed several questions at the Republican Party of Miami-Dade County’s 67th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night.

06/20/2015

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Facing South Florida: Jeb Bush’s Announcement

Jeb Bush is scheduled to announce his campaign for President Monday.

CBS4–06/14/2015

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Facing South Florida: Miami-Dade Pot Laws Part II

Earlier this week, MDC Commissioner Sally Heyman’s proposal moved forward on a proposal to issue $100 citations for marijuana possessions.

CBS4–06/14/2015

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Facing South Florida: Miami-Dade Pot Laws Part I

Earlier this week, MDC Commissioner Sally Heyman’s proposal moved forward on a proposal to issue $100 citations for marijuana possessions.

CBS4–06/14/2015

Miami-Dade Police vehicle in a South Florida neighborhood. (Source: CBS4)

Dade Closer To Alternative For Marijuana Arrests

Miami-Dade County’s government took a step closer Wednesday to providing an alternative to arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

06/10/2015

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