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.”
CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede sits down with Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede sits down with Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede sits down for an extended interview on a variety of topics with Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede discusses the developments this week surrounding the president and the appointment of a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede and his guests focus on the winners and losers as they look back on the 2017 state legislative session.
CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede and the WIOD radio talk show host discuss several political topics relevant to South Floridians.
CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede sits down with the congresswoman to talk about her announcement that she will not seek re-election.
CBS4’s Jim DeFede and his guests take an in-depth look at the Trump presidency as the closing days of the Florida legislative session.
Jim talks to the former governor-turned-congressman about his new job in the House.
Jim talks to Sen. Rubio on a variety of topics including the resignation of State Senator Frank Artiles, and President Trump’s first 100 days.