Jim DeFede

jim defede 600x450 Jim DeFedeJim DeFede joined CBS4 News in January 2006 and serves as an investigative reporter for the station, as well as host of its Sunday morning public affairs program “Facing South Florida.”

He covered the 2016 presidential campaign travelling to New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as across Florida, securing one-on-one interviews with Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio.

For CBS4 News, DeFede has produced long-form reports, including half hour specials such as “Last Chance Boot Camp,” on Florida’s military style corrections center for young offenders; “Life and Death at Zoo Miami,” a look at the care and treatment of animals at Miami’s zoo; and “The Versace Murder: A South Beach Story,” on the twentieth anniversary of the fashion designer’s murder by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.

In August 2017, CBS4 News aired “The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide,” a one hour documentary on the 2016 environmental disaster that hit the Treasure Coast and its relation to Everglades restoration. DeFede spent more than a year working on the documentary.

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 has been a contributing writer for Tina Brown’s Talk magazine. 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.”

DeFede has won five regional Emmy Awards for his work on CBS4 News.

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Facing South Florida: Hollywood Vote On Confederate Street Names

Controversy in Hollywood continues over three streets named on behalf of civil war icons.

CBS4–09/03/2017

Facing South Florida: The Everglades- Where Politics, Money and Race Collide

Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede and his guests discuss his 60-minute documentary on the toxic blue green algae crisis that his southeast Florida in spring of 2016. 

CBS4–08/27/2017

Toxic Algae Bloom Is Focus Of Year-Long CBS4 Special Investigation

CBS4’s Jim DeFede previews his special one-hour, commercial-free documentary “The Everglades: Where Politics, Race and Money Collide”

08/25/2017

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Carlos Lopez-Cantera

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera joins Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede to  to make an announcement about his political future.

CBS4–08/20/2017

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Congressman Ted Deutch

Congressman Ted Deutch joins Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede.

CBS4–08/20/2017

Possible Venezuelan Assassination Plot Against Rubio Uncovered

Senator Marco Rubio may be the target of an assassination plot by a senior official within the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, according to a memo distributed by U.S. intelligence officials and obtained by CBS4 News.

08/13/2017

Facing South Florida: The Race to Replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Facing South Florida hos Jim DeFede sits down with former circuit court judge Mary Barzee Flores.

CBS4–07/30/2017

Facing South Florida: White House Chaos

Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede looks back at the crazy week in Washington surrounding President Trump and West Wing insiders.

CBS4–07/30/2017

Facing South Florida: OJ Simpson Paroled

Earlier this week OJ Simson was granted parole by a Nevada prison board after serving nine years in a state penitentiary.

CBS4–07/23/2017

Facing South Florida: The Opioid Crisis

This week Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede looks into the growing opioid crisis and the death of 10-year-old Alton Banks.

CBS4–07/23/2017

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