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.”
Jim investigates the details of what unfolded the night four plainclothes officers arrested three young men in South Miami-Dade because they thought there was a marijuana cigarette on the ground near them. After we air Jim’s report, State Sen. Dwight Bullard joins Jim at the roundtable to discuss the questions the Miami-Dade PD has to answer about that night. They also talk about our marijuana laws and why so many communities have sought to decriminalize pot possession. Proponents say the current laws too often are used to disproportionately give black men criminal records and put them into the criminal justice system.
MDX has just completed its conversion to open road tolling in South Florida. Among other things, that triggers a hike in the tolls drivers will be paying on the Dolphin & Airport Expressways.
The toll increases are controversial. Jim talks to Javier Rodriguez who is the executive director for MDX, and Carlos Garcia of rollbacktolls.com, who is the head of the anti-toll group.
On August 27th at approximately 8:30 pm, four plain clothes Miami Dade Police officers pulled onto a dead end street in South Dade and arrested three young black men. The scene was captured on video camera.
Jim presides over a roundtable discussion of the election results including the races in Miami-Dade and Broward, with Miami Herald political writer Marc Caputo and Laura Wides Muñoz from the Associated Press.
Jim goes one-on-one with Annette Taddeo, for her first sit-down interview since losing the election. The Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Jim discuss the failed campaign to unseat Rick Scott. When did they know they were in trouble? What was it like in the room as the results came in? And why can’t Democrats get their act together?
A three month undercover investigation culminated early Friday morning with a multi-agency raid at a Miami strip club which led to more than a dozen arrests.
Minutes before he died on September 16, Roy Blanco’s last words were, “What did I do?”
For nearly a week in September, the disappearance of Tanya Gonzalez captivated South Florida as friends and family pleaded almost nightly for help locating the 28-year-old.
Jim sits down with Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair State Senator Dwight Bullard and Republican Party Chair Nelson Diaz. The three look at voter turnout, how the various high-profile races are shaping up, and some of the other ballot measures and races that have not been getting much attention.
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. The two discuss the $800 million bond issue which voters will decide on November 4th.