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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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Civil rights attorney John de Leon.  (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: KKK Flag Flap

Jim talks civil rights with a local attorney after emotions rise and tempers flare in a South Florida neighborhood, because one resident decides to fly a KKK flag outside on his property.

CBS4–03/10/2014

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Exclusive: Weight Discrepancy Involving Cocaine In BSO’s Evidence Room

The Broward Sheriff’s Office has opened an internal affairs investigation into what it describes a “weight discrepency” involving cocaine in the sheriff’s department’s evidence room.

03/04/2014

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio  (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Sen. Marco Rubio

With the crisis in Venezuala worsening, Sen. Marco Rubio is offering his own vision for U-S policy. CBS4′s Eliott Rodriguez had a chance to discuss it with the republican would-be presidential contender.

CBS4–03/03/2014

Jim DeFede & Senator Oscar Braynon  (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: My Brother’s Keeper

This week President Barack Obama, at a White House ceremony, launched what may be the most important initiative of his presidency, an effort to break that cycle of violence by finding new ways, new partnerships, to help boys and young men of color. The program is called “My Brother’s Keeper”. Attending that ceremony was State Senator Oscar Braynon, whose district in Miami Gardens is the largest African-American city in the state and a city that has been the center of so much of the violence.

CBS4–03/03/2014

Senator Oscar Braynon  (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Sports & Bullying

In the wake of the Ted Wells Report, The Miami Dolphins are pushing a piece of legislation this year in Tallahassee that would target bullying in high school and college athletics. But it would also create new workplace standards for all professional sports teams in the state of Florida – Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers, Jaguars. It would make it illegal for players to do the things that Richie Incognito and others on the Dolphins did to Jonathan Martin, leaving the individual players and the teams liable for fines. Jim talksabout all of this with the bill’s sponsor, State Senator Oscar Braynon.

CBS4–03/03/2014

Casey Woods, Founder, Arms With Ethics talks to CBS4's Jim DeFede about organizing local mayors and police departments to use their economic power when buying from gun dealers to demand stricter rules on how they are sold. The local group “Arms With Ethics” started in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Arms With Ethics

The local group “Arms With Ethics” is organizing local mayors and police departments to use their economic power when buying from gun dealers to demand stricter rules on how they are sold. This group was started in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and the realization that nothing will be accomplished nationally, that the key is local governmental action.

CBS4–02/24/2014

Ben Pollara, Director, United for Care and Margaret Sotham, Director, South Miami Drug Free Coalition talk to CBS4's Jim DeFede about the controversial medical marijuana issue in Florida. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Medical Marijuana

Florida voters will decide the medical marijuana question in November. Jim discusses the controversial issue with the group that gathered the signatures to get medical marijuana on the ballot, and with the coalition organized against the ballot measure.

CBS4–02/24/2014

Myrian Marquez  (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida – U.S. Cuba Embargo

A majority of Floridians now support ending the embargo. We focus on Charlie Crist’s comments on the embargo, on Bill Maher’s reaction to Crist’s comments, the poll on the embargo as well as the recent explosive interview the Washington Post did with Alfy Fanjul on his secret trips to Cuba.

CBS4–02/17/2014

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist stands at the podium during a walkthrough during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Crist: Ending Cuban Embargo “The Right Thing”

Appearing Friday night on the HBO program Real Time with Bill Maher, Charlie Crist reversed his long held position in support of Cuban embargo, saying he now believed the embargo should be lifted.

02/10/2014

Juan Carlos Chavez (Source: CBS)

Facing South Florida: Justice for Jimmy

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.

CBS4–02/10/2014

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