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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Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz joins Jim DeFede on the eve of Election Day to discuss the race for President between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.


Political strategist Steve Schale. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Looking Into Florida Voting Numbers

Early and mail-in voting numbers are in for Florida and more than 65 percent of the ballots have been cast.


Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook (L) and Republican National Committee Communications Director Sean Spicer (R) on Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Speaking With Top Officials From Clinton, Trump Campaigns

Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede spoke with top officials from the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns.


John Morgan. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Meet The So-Called Mr. Marijuana

We do an in-depth profile of John Morgan – the man who has spent more than 8-million dollars one pushing the Medical Marijuana Amendment 2.


Mayor Philip Levine, Miami Beach Mayor and Carlos Diaz Rosillo, Lecturer, Harvard University. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Closing Arguments

Both Campaigns are making their closing arguments.


Guest: Nadege Green, Reporter, Miami Herald. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The Caribbean Vote

The time and attention paid by both campaigns to woo Haitian voters is part of a larger strategy targeting one of the fastest growing communities in the state – Caribbean-Americans.


Michael Grunwald, Senior Reporter, Politico and Rosemary O’Hara – Editorial Page Editor for the Sun-Sentinel. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Where Are We As A Nation?

CBS4 went out and asked early voters what they this year’s election reveals about us as a nation.


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Rubio: Clinton More Likely To Mishandle Classified Info Than Trump Uses Nukes

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter (On October 30, 2016, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio appeared on CBS4’s Facing South Florida and was interviewed by host Jim DeFede. The following is a transcript of that interview.) DEFEDE: We are joined […]


Dr. Peggy Mustelier. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Election Stress Disorder

The tension surrounding this year’s election has caused rifts among co-workers, friends and even family members.


State Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Senate District 37 Debate

The candidates for Senate District 37 debate the issues in what has turned into one of the nastiest and most expensive state senate races in the state’s history.




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