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.”
In recent months, police have negotiated peaceful ends to a number of standoffs, most of them involving people with psychiatric issues, including two veterans.
On a recent visit to South Florida, Joe Kennedy – grandson of the late Bobby Kennedy – talked about his family’s legacy and the 50th anniversary of his great-uncle’s assassination
The Miami Heat did something Friday some people thought might never happen. The team cut a check to Miami-Dade county for $257, 134. 12.
Jim pays tribute to Annette Eisenberg who recently passed away. Annette founded the Downtown Bay Forum with her husband years ago. The Downtown Bay Forum was where the city’s business and political leaders would converge each month for public discussions.
Just about anyone who’s been inside a cab in South Florida has a complaint of one form or another. In Miami-Dade there have been repeated attempts over the years to reform the industry and make it more consumer friendly. County commissioners just gave approval to a plan that would require cab drivers to accept credit cards, upgrade dress codes and the purchasse of new cars. But is that really the answer?
Dana Schwabenbauer recalls the final moments before the tragic accident that would take her brother’s life.
An interview with Sergio Bustos, political editor of the Miami Herald, to discuss Tuesday’s election, Charlie Crist’s announcement about his chances of running for Florida governor and other political issues that voters will face in upcoming elections.
Jim DeFede speaks to Carlos Migoya, CEO of Jackson Hospital regarding next Tuesday’s vote about the referendum to increase funding for Jackson Hosital.
For the past 60 days, Geoff Cole has been in the Dade County Jail, held in contempt of court because Family Court Judge George Sarduy believes he either knows where his runaway 14-year-old daughter is staying or he can compel the child to come forward.
CBS4 News has learned embattled Sweetwater Police Chief Roberto Fulgueira has stepped down effective immediately. His retirement is expected to be announced Thursday morning along with appointment of the interim police chief.