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.”
Juan Carlos Chavez, the sadistic killer of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce is set for execution on February 12th. One of the things we’ll be waiting to see is if Chavez will express any sort of remorse. We hear from Jimmy’s father Don, and his brother Ted. And Jim hosts a reporter roundtable with CBS4′s Eliott Rodriguez and Gary Nelson who will be in Starke when Chavez meets his executioner.
25 years ago, Tiffany Sessions, a young South Florida woman and a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, disappeared. Her body has never been found. Detectives have just identified the prime suspect in this cold case. Jim talks to the Alachua County Sheriff about the big break.
“Please before you take me to prison please before you take my life, just give me a polygraph.” Twenty-one-year-old Taiwan Smart was desperate for Miami police detectives to believe him.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and elections supervisor Penelope Townsley have decided to push back “re-precincting” until early 2015. We look at the impact the delay to evenly divide voters among precincts might have on voters and voting lines in the upcoming November election.
Jim sits down with Congressman Joe Garcia who provides reaction and analysis to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. They are joined on the set by a young woman, one of the so-called “dreamers”, who came here from Mexico as a baby, and who attened the President’s address in Washington.
Jim sts down for a special half-hour with the superintendent of Miami-Dade schools to discuss a wide range of topics, everything from how schools are graded to common core. And you’ll see a side of the superientendent he does not often show.
Two Miami-Dade police officers killed in the line of duty three years ago were honored Monday at the department’s headquarters in Doral. A processing area in the warrants bureau was re-named in honor of Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth.
Jim sits down with the chairs of the Miami-Dade Republican & Democratic parties to discuss a variety of topics impacting South Florida and the rest of the state including growing concerns over the human trafficking problem. The three also focus on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s whirlwind weekend in Central & South Florida to raise money for Governor Rick Scott’s re-election campaign.
The U.S. Coast Guard is working on a possible cargo ship fire off the coast of Key Largo.
Jim spends the entire half hour with the mayor and interim police chief of Miami Gardens, a city plagued with crime and a police department accused of trying to curb the violence through racial profiling.