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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Jonathan Fried (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Immigration/Sanctuary Cities

With the specter of mass roundups and deportations creating a deep sense of fear in many parts of our community, Jim talks to someone on the front lines of this fight.


Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The Trump Transition

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen joins Jim for an in-depth look at everything Trump as the president-elect puts together his administration.


Guest: Cheryl Little, Exec. Director, Americans for Immigrant Justice (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Immigration Concerns Since The Election

No single issue defined Donald Trump more than immigration. So, what happens now?


Guest: Erick Brackken, State Director, SEIU, Service Employees International Union for Florida (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Democrats & Winning The Working Class

Jim DeFede and guest Erick Brackken discuss what it will take for the Democratic Party to win back the working class.


Special guests: Nancy Ancrum, Editorial Page Editor, Miami Herald (C) and Patricia Mazzei, Lead Political Writer, Miami Herald (L) (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Election Analysis

Jim DeFede and his guests discuss what happened election night, what does it mean for the country and where do we go from here.


Chris Smith, former Florida State Senator and Justin Sayfie, CEO of Sayfie Media. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Election Impact On Florida State Legislature

While we tend to focus on the big ticket races like President, Senate and Congress, this election could also have a big impact on the Florida State Legislature.


Fernand Amandi and Marc Caputo. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The Importance Of South Florida In The Election

South Florida could end up being the deciding factor in the 2016 Presidential Election.


Evelyn Perez-Verdia and Wadi Gaitan. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The Power Of The Hispanic Vote

More than one million Hispanics voted early in Florida.


Fernand Amandi  - partner with Bendixen and Amandi International and radio host on WIOD. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Voting Turnout Numbers Huge In Florida

We welcome Pollster, Fernand Amandi – partner with Bendixen and Amandi International.


CBS Miami's Rick Folbaum and Jim DeFede. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Election Healing

This election has been stressful to say the least.



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