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 Rosemary O’Hara

The editorial page editor of the Sun Sentinel joins Jim to talk about the paper’s editorial that called on Marco Rubio to resign his Senate seat. The two also discuss the Sun Sentinel investigation that found widespread abuse of this country’s easy welfare and special immigration status for Cubans.


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

Jim and the Congresswoman discuss the wild week in politics. The two cover the Jeb Bush-Marco Rubio rumble at the GOP Presidential Debate, the status of the Jeb Bush campaign, the new Speaker of the House, and the budget deal.


Katriina Rosenblatt and Susannah Nesmith (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Human Trafficking- The Reality of the Numbers

We are going to focus on the issue of human trafficking – this is always an emotional issue, but we wanted to move beyond the typical stories involving a victim and see if the laws designed to put the traffickers away are actually workin



Despite Mandate, Few Sex Traffickers Go To Prison

Laws intended to encourage police to target pimps rather than prostitutes aren’t being used in Florida

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State Senator Anitere Flores, the chair of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation, discusses the issues they will work on this year in Tallahassee.
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Facing South Florida: A Look At Issues Important To People In South Florida

State Senator Anitere Flores, the chair of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation, will discuss the issues they will work on this year in Tallahassee.


Dan Gelber (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Juvenile Injustice

We focus on the troubled Miami Dade Juvenile Justice Center following the beating death of a 17-year old boy.


Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Politics in the Headlines

The representative and DNC chair joins us by satellite from Washington, DC.


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Snacks For Attacks, Part 2: Detention Center Beatings Leave Kids Feeling Unsafe

In 2005, following the death of 17-year-old Omar Paisley, Dale Dobuler took over as superintendent of the Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Center. The detention center was under intense scrutiny because of the teen’s death. For days Paisley had writhed in pain, suffering from a bout of appendicitis. The guards and nurses, however, ignored his pleas for help and Paisley ultimately died from a ruptured appendix.


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Snacks For Attacks, Part 1: Inside A Dysfunctional Dade Juvie Detention Center

The Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Center, made infamous 10 years ago when guards and nurses allowed a teenage boy to suffer a painful and preventable death from appendicitis, is facing a new scandal after another 17 year old died because he failed to receive the proper medical attention after being beaten by as many as twenty kids.



Race Matters: A Look Inside Broward Pot Arrests

On Tuesday, Broward County Commissioners will consider an ordinance allowing police and sheriff’s deputies the option of issuing a ticket to individuals caught with a small amount of marijuana rather than formally arresting them.




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