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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Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova participated in a debate on CBS4's Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede. (Source: CBS4)

Wasserman Schultz, Canova Engage In Heated Debate

In their first and only scheduled debate, Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz accused her primary opponent of supporting policies that would endanger Israel, while her challenger, Nova Southeastern law professor Tim Canova, portrayed the six-term Congresswoman as a creature of Washington more interested in protecting moneyed special interests than her own constituents.


Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and law professor TIm Canova participate in a debate on Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Debates Tim Canova

This week on Facing South Florida we host Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz and her challenger in the August 30th Florida primary Tim Canova for a debate.


Rick Hoye and Christian Ulvert (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: A Look Back at the DNC

It was a week to remember at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


Donald Trump (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Donald Trump

Jim sits down for an exclusive one-on-one with the GOP Presidential Nominee during his campaign stop this week.


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sat down with CBS4’s Jim DeFede for his first and only interview with a South Florida TV station. (Source: CBS4)

CBS4 News Exclusive: Trump Denies Ties To Russia

Republican nominee Donald Trump flatly denied any ties to the Russian government or Russian investors.


Rep. Carlos Trujillo and Nelson Diaz (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: A Look Back at the RNC

It was a week to remember in Cleveland.


Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Clinton/Kaine in South Florida

We examine the importance of Florida in the November general election.


Attorney Hilton Napoleon II (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: North Miami Police Shooting

We examine the shooting last week in North Miami that has caused shock waves around the country.


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Facing South Florida: Treasure Coast Algae Disaster

The blue-green algae plaguing east of Lake Okeechobee is not only a toxic inconvenience, but also a financial disaster.


Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald Reporter (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Security Concern At RNC

Federal security forces are in Cleveland to monitor crowds at the RNC.




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