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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Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Sen. Marco Rubio

CBS4’s Jim DeFede sits down with the senator for an extended interview on various topics including the controversies surrounding immigration and the town hall backlash.

CBS4–02/26/2017

Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

CBS4’s Jim DeFede sits down with the congresswoman for an extended interview on various topics including the controversy surrounding immigration.

CBS4–02/26/2017

Police Use of Social Media Expanding & It’s Raising New Concerns

“Social media has become a new tool for law enforcement as people like to brag about crimes that they are doing…”

02/22/2017

Anti-Trump Protesters Take Fight To Local Leaders Who Didn’t Hold Town Hall

Screaming crowds showed up at town halls across the nation to voice their displeasure to lawmakers about President Donald Trump’s policies.

02/22/2017

Facing South Florida: The Trump Administration: Week 4

It’s been another unprecedented week with Donald Trump as President.

CBS4–02/19/2017

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Richard Corcoran

Richard Corcoran is the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and is one of the most powerful men in the state.

CBS4–02/12/2017

Florida House Speaker: Terrorists Likely Hiding Among Florida Refugees

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran said there is a “tremendous” likelihood some refugees who were resettled here last year are terrorists.

02/10/2017

Facing South Florida: Trump: Sanctuary Cities

Jim and his guest discuss the fallout in Miami-Dade County following Mayor Carlos Gimenez bowing to the Trump policy change without a fight.

CBS4–02/05/2017

Facing South Florida: Trump: The First Two Weeks

Jim and his guest discuss the dizzying first two weeks of the Trump administration, what he’s said and what’s he’s done.

CBS4–02/05/2017

Facing South Florida: Trump: Travel/Immigration Ban Fallout

Jim and his guests discuss the extraordinary move by scores of former federal prosecutors who signed letters condemning that executive Presidential order.

CBS4–02/05/2017

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