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.”
On January 20th, just before midnight, a call came into the 911 command center for Monroe County.
A year-long Miami Herald investigation looks at Florida’s for-profit college industry. The industry is a marketing juggernaut and political powerhouse. But many former students say they took out massive student loans for degrees that didn’t lead to jobs. Some former employees say their schools deceived students or committed outright fraud. The series, by Herald reporter Mike Vasquez, begins appearing in Sunday’s Miami Herald.
Jim takes an in-depth look at climate change, which was thrust front and center into the national spotlight by President Barack Obama’s Earth Day visit to the Everglades.
Jim and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera will cover a variety of topics, including Medicaid expansion and the governor’s decision to sue the federal government. The two will also discuss the announcement this week by Sen. Marco Rubio that he is running for President, and whether Lopez=Cantera is thinking about his own possible Senate run.
With less than a month until the 2015 Florida legislative session adjourns, Jim and his guests look at what the might or might not accomplish, specifically in regards to casino gambling and Medicaid expansion.
Jim and his guests discuss and analyze the recent poll results of Cubans living in Cuba done by Bendixen and Amandi International. Polling is illegal in Cuba, so the fact that this poll was able to be conducted in the first place is a feat onto itself. That aside, the results are eye-opening.
Jim and his guests look at how the GOP field is shaping up for the 2016 race for the White House, specifically Sen. Marco Rubio’s expected announcement from the Freedom Tower on Monday April 13th that he is running for President.
Jim goes one-on-one with Hollywood Police Chief Frank Fernandez for an inside look at the investigation surrounding the disturbing death this week of Ahizya Osceola, whose father and stepmother have been charged in his death.
Jim sits down for an extended one-on-one interview in the studio with Miami Police Chief “Rudy” Llanes, as the search continues for those responsible for the shooting deaths of a 10-year-old and a 16-year-old this past week.
In this special edition of Facing South Florida, the Fort Lauderdale Police Chief and the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale speak out live for the first time since ther announcement two days prior that four officers had been removed from the force for racist behavior.