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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The 2016 presidential elections are still 21 months away, but a key first test for Republicans took place this week near Washington, DC. CPAC is the largest conservative gathering of the year, and Florida’s Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush were among the speakers. Jim analyzes what they and other conservative Republicans had to say with Miami Herald Political Writer Patricia Mazzei.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez gave his annual address this week. We hear what he has to say and Jim sits down with Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado for her take on the state of Miami-Dade County.
State lawmakers convene the 60-day 2015 Florida Legislative Session on March 3rd. Jim sits down with State Senator Chris Smith (D-Broward) and State Representative Erik Fressen (R-Miami-Dade) for a preview of what might transpire in Tallahassee.
Jim Sits down with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez for a special half-hour to cover a variety of topics. During the one-on-one interview Jim and the Mayor discuss, among other things, the Mayor’s plans for the Liberty Square Housing Projects, his plans for the proposed Miami Skyrise tower, and Donald Trump’s recent comments about Crandon Park. Jim and Mayor Gimenez also talk about the fallout from Jim’s CBS4 investigation into the recent death of transit bus driver Laquita Alvin, who was killed by her own “runaway bus”, specifically the investigation the county has now launched to look into it.
The investigation surrounding the death of bus driver Laquita Alvin has expanded with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez instructing police to examine not only how she died but also determine who may have tampered with a safety device on her bus that could have saved her life.
On December 5th, a Miami-Dade transit bus driver was run over and killed by her own bus. Our CBS4 News investigation revealed that county officials have known for years that they have a problem with so-called “Runaway Buses”. While investigator Jim Defede was looking into Laquita Alvin’s death, he learned the county failed to maintain the very warning device that would have saved her life, and they continue to send out buses without that device. Jim uncovers how Miami-Dade’s aging bus fleet could also be putting the public at risk, which leads Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to launch an investigation into what’s being called “bus safety issues”. And, the chairman of the county commission’s transportation committee said he would initiate his own review of the transit department.
A day after Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced he had launched an investigation into what he termed “bus safety issues,” the chairman of the commission’s transportation committee said he would initiate his own review of the transit department.
Laquita Alvin’s daughter, Terrinisha, could barely hold back her tears or her anger after learning that her mother’s death could have been prevented if the county had properly maintained a warning system on Alvin’s bus.
On December 5, at approximately 4:30 pm, Miami-Dade County Transit driver Laquito Alvin steered her bus into the Northside Depot on 79th Street and Northwest 32nd Avenue. It was the end of her route, which had taken her from the Northside Depot to Mercy Hospital and back, and she would have just a few minutes to go to the bathroom before starting the circuit all over again.