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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Frank Zambrana said he was an informant for the FBI in a corruption case involving several Opa-locka city officials. 
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Exclusive: The FBI’s Man Inside Opa-Locka, Part 1

Frank Zambrana had hoped to find his piece of the American dream repairing and selling farm equipment on an acre of land in Opa-locka.

05/03/2016

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Facing South Florida: Rundle’s Shady Fundraiser

Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the top law enforcement official in Miami-Dade County, attended a fundraiser for her re-election campaign co-hosted by a man who admitted in federal court to loaning money at a 36 percent interest rate, which would be considered a violation of Florida’s laws against loansharking.

CBS4–05/01/2016

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Co-Host For Rundle Election Fundraiser Has Questionable Past

Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the top law enforcement official in Miami-Dade County, is scheduled to attend a fundraiser Wednesday evening for her re-election campaign that will be co-hosted by a man who admitted in federal court to loaning money at a 36 percent interest rate, which would be considered a violation of Florida’s laws against loansharking.

04/27/2016

Congressman David Jolly, Republican, Florida District 13  (Source: CBS4)

Congressman David Jolly Seeks To Ban “Dialing for Dollars”

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Clearwater) introduced a bill earlier this year to bar federal elected officials from personally asking individuals for campaign contributions. The bill, known as The STOP Act, has only six […]

CBS4–04/24/2016

Congressman David Jolly, Republican, Florida District 13  (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Dialing For Dollars

On Sunday night, 60 Minutes will look at the ridiculous amount of time members of congress spend calling people for campaign contributions.

CBS4–04/24/2016

Jim DeFede with Sean Spicer (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Republican Party Spring Meeting

The Republican National Committee held their Spring meeting in Hollywood, Florida this week.

CBS4–04/24/2016

RNC's  Sean Spicer (Source: CBS4)

RNC’s Sean Spicer on Donald Trump

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter During the Republican National Committee’s annual Spring meeting, the RNC’s spokesman admitted Donald Trump’s allegations that the party has “rigged” the nomination process against him is having a discouraging effect on the party. […]

CBS4–04/24/2016

RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia (Source: CBS4)

RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia Talks Donald Trump

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter During the Republican National Committee’s annual Spring meeting at The Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, State Representative Blaise Ingoglia, sat down with CBS4’s […]

CBS4–04/24/2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during at the Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Brunch in Staten Island, New York on April 17,2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Florida Delegates Bound To Trump Have Little Allegiance To Him

A group of Donald Trump supporters gathered in Miami Lakes outside the Oliva Cigar warehouse on Saturday. They said they were worried party officials would choose “Trojan Horse” delegates.

04/18/2016

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Facing South Florida: Most Dangerous Man In Politics?

For the past two weeks, Roger Stone has been accused of planting the story in the National Enquirer accusing Ted Cruz of having five mistresses, he has been banned from MSNBC and CNN for a series of vile Tweets, and has been attacked by both the left and the right for planning what some believe will be a week of violent protests in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

CBS4–04/17/2016

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