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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State Representative Carlos Trujillo and Former State Senator Dan Gelber (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Tone of Trump Speeches

We are hearing Trump talk about vast conspiracies designed to steal the election from him.


Political reporter for POLITICO Marc Caputo (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Trump Attacks Republican Party

The Republican Party seems to be in the midst of a civil war over Trump.


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Trump Ally Roger Stone Admits ‘Back-Channel’ Tie To WikiLeaks

Roger Stone, a longtime ally of Donald Trump, admits he has had “back-channel communications” with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.


Steve Chaggaris, CBS News Senior Political Director. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Preview Of Second Presidential Debate

A closer look at the history of Early Voting and why we shouldn’t refer to it as Election Day anymore and really refer to it as Election Weeks.


Miami-Dade mayoral candidates Carlos Gimenez and Raquel Regalado. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Miami-Dade Mayoral Debate

Mayor Carlos Gimenez and School Board Member Raquel Regalado join CBS Miami’s Jim Defede.


(L-R) Gabriela Arzola – Undecided Voter & Student, Rey Anthony  - Member, Republican Exec. Committee of Miami-Dade and Aaron McKinney  - Pres., Miami-Dade Young Democrats (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The Millennial Vote

Jim DeFede takes a deep dive examining how the millennial vote could affect this year’s election.


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Tim Kaine Setting A Tone At Kendall Rally

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine held a rally at Miami-Dade’s Kendall campus on Sunday as the latest poll shows Clinton and Trump in a dead heat.


John Morgan (Source: CBS Miami)

Facing South Florida: Clinton’s Fight For Florida

Jim DeFede travels to Central Florida to interview Orlando Trial Attorney, John Morgan.


Pam Bondi (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Update on Pam Bondi & Trump Donation Controversy

Last week we took a critical look at the $25,000 donation Donald Trump gave to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi back in 2013.


Congressional Candidate Scott Fuhrman (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Fight For Florida District 27

Congressional candidate Scott Fuhrman joins Jim DeFede on set to discuss his run for Congress.




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