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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Stephen Ross One on One

One-On-One With Dolphin Owner Stephen Ross

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Worth an estimated $6 billion by Forbes magazine, Stephen Ross has grown accustomed to success. He built his real estate and development empire with a $10,000 loan from his mother […]

01/30/2015

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Facing South Florida: Analyzing Changes To U.S.-Cuba Policy Part II

Jim speaks with Mimi Whitefield, Cuba and international business correspondent for the Miami Herald and Augusto Maxwell, the chair of Akerman’s Cuba Practice on topics surrounding the changes to the United States-Cuba policies.

CBS4–01/29/2015

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Facing South Florida: Analyzing Changes To U.S.-Cuba Policy Part I

Jim speaks with Mimi Whitefield, Cuba and international business correspondent for the Miami Herald and Augusto Maxwell, the chair of Akerman’s Cuba Practice on topics surrounding the changes to the United States-Cuba policies.

CBS4–01/29/2015

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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Xavier Suarez

Jim goes one-on-one with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez to discuss his future political plans. Will he run for mayor?

CBS4–01/26/2015

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Facing South Florida: Cyclists Struck

Two cyclists were struck and one was killed this week on the Rickenbacker Causeway by an alleged drunk driver. Walter Reyes, who was training for the upcoming Dolphins Cycling Challenge, is the third cyclist to be killed along the Rickenbacker in the past five years. The incident has the local bicycling community coming together to renew their push for safer streets. Jim focuses the half-hour on the incident with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, and Bernard Zyscovich, an architect behind Plan Z for Miami, which would transform the Rickenbacker and give cyclists, runners, joggers and walkers a safer alternative.

CBS4–01/26/2015

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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Manuel Orosa

Jim sits down with the outgoing Miami police chief as he begins his last week as the city’s top cop.

CBS4–01/12/2015

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Facing South Florida: Gay Marriage in Florida

Jim examines the historic event of the past week and discusses what led up to Florida’s legalization of gay marriage.

CBS4–01/12/2015

Florida Money

The Year In Florida Politics

If there was one word to describe Florida’s year in politics that word would be expensive.

12/26/2014

Facing South Florida Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Single Shot

Facing South Florida: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

As the year comes to a close, Jim DeFede sat down with U.S. Rep. Ileana-Ros Lehtinen to get reaction to some of the biggest headline makers in December.

12/22/2014

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Facing South Florida: Meet Broward’s New Mayor

Broward County Commissioners last month selected their colleague Tim Ryan to be the county’s new mayor. Mayor Ryan is a former state legislator who was born in Broward and comes from a family that has been part of the political establishment for many years. Jim sits down with Mayor Ryan to discuss his plans for Broward in 2015.

CBS4–12/15/2014

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