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.”
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. The two discuss the $800 million bond issue which voters will decide on November 4th.
Jim travels to Key West for an extended one-on-one interview with Monroe County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter. The two discuss the measure to extend for another 10 years a half-penny sales tax dedicated to schools. Voters will decide the school sales tax issue on Election Day November 4th.
We take you on a tour of the Miami-Dade Courthouse with the chief administrative judge showing the state of disrepair, water damage and busted concrete. Then Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado and attorney Joe Serota face off in a debate on the $393 million bond issue to build a new civil courthouse.
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with George Sheldon. Mr. Sheldon is the democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General. The two discuss the upcoming race and Mr. Sheldon’s efforts to unseat republican incumbent Pam Bondi.
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with Gov. Rick Scott. With a little more than a week until Election Day, the two discuss the too-close-to call governor’s race.
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with Charlie Crist. With just a little more than a week until Election Day, the two discuss the too-close-to call governor’s race.
In an interview for Facing South Florida, scheduled to be aired Sunday morning October 26, 2014, Democratic candidate Charlie Crist would not say if he was embarrassed by the negative tone of the campaign set by both campaigns.
With the race for Florida governor a dead heat, Rick Scott is preparing to spend millions of his own money to help finance his campaign through the home stretch.
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with Annette Taddeo. The two talk about the upcoming election in general and the lieutenant governor’s race in particular.
With the issue over a fan taking center stage at the beginning of the gubernatorial debate on Wednesday night, both candidates finally took the podium and argued over issues affecting Florida.