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 Rep. Jeanette Nunez (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: All Eyes On Cleveland For The RNC

All eyes on Cleveland this week for the Republican National Convention. Jim Defede previews the event and what he’s calling ‘The Donald Show.’


Robby Mook (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Meet Hillary Clinton’s National Campaign Manager

The Hillary Clinton Campaign opened its Miami Office in Wynwood this week.


Dr. Marvin Dunn (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Where Do We Go From Here?

It’s been a tough week following several violent incident involving police and African-american men and the murder of five Dallas Police officers.


Facing SFla- Truth About Patrick Murphy

Facing South Florida: The Truth about Patrick Murphy

A lifelong Republican, Murphy has only been a Democrat since 2011 and won his seat in the House with the help of his father.


Senator Marco Rubio (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Senator Marco Rubio

Earlier this week Senator Marco Rubio made news by announcing his intention to seek re-election for his seat in the Senate.


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The Making of Patrick Murphy, Part Two

In recent weeks, Congressman Patrick Murphy has been forced to defend himself against allegations he misled the public by exaggerating key moments in his past.


Congressman Patrick Murphy in a sit down interview with CBS4's Jim DeFede. (Source: CBS4)

The Making of Patrick Murphy

CBS4 Investigative Reporter Jim DeFede’s four-month long investigation about Congressman Patrick Murphy, the man who wants to be Florida’s next U.S. senator.


Dan Christensen (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: The 9/11 Report – Battle for the Sealed Documents

DeFede continues the discussion about the 9-11 Saudi connection with the journalist who has been doing far and away the best work on the subject, Dan Christensen from the Florida Bulldog.


Former Florida Senator Bob Graham (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Former Florida Senator Bob Graham

Jim DeFede sits down for a 1-on-1 with Former Florida Senator Bob Graham.


Photo of Omar Mateen, suspected shooter in Pulse Orlando massacre. (Source: CBS News)

Questions Over Orlando Gunman’s Motivation Prompts Debate

As we try to understand the motivations driving a gunman who killed at least 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, one area of debate is whether he and individuals like him are mentally ill.




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