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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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during at the Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Brunch in Staten Island, New York on April 17,2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Florida Delegates Bound To Trump Have Little Allegiance To Him

A group of Donald Trump supporters gathered in Miami Lakes outside the Oliva Cigar warehouse on Saturday. They said they were worried party officials would choose “Trojan Horse” delegates.


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Facing South Florida: Most Dangerous Man In Politics?

For the past two weeks, Roger Stone has been accused of planting the story in the National Enquirer accusing Ted Cruz of having five mistresses, he has been banned from MSNBC and CNN for a series of vile Tweets, and has been attacked by both the left and the right for planning what some believe will be a week of violent protests in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.


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Roger Stone: Inside The World Of A Political Hitman

There are few characters quite like Roger Stone, a political operative who has been dubbed the “professional lord of mischief,” a “master of right-wing hit jobs” and a “street fighter” “skilled in the dark arts of politics.”


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Web Extra: Roger Stone And The Nixon Bong

Legendary political operative Roger Stone discusses his budding marijuana business and a new strain he’s growing called Tricky Dick.


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Facing South Florida: Liberty Square Rising Project

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez joins Jim to discuss the controversy surrounding the Liberty Square Rising Project. The Mayor will discuss why he thinks this is the best plan for the community.


Trump supporter Roger Stone is considered by some to be the most dangerous man in politics. (Source: CBS4)

Meet Roger Stone: Possibly The Most Dangerous Man In Politics

There is a dark side of campaign politics that not a lot of people see. One of its legendary practitioners is right here in South Florida – Roger Stone.


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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The congresswoman joins Jim for a special half-hour to discuss the presidential race and her own re-election campaign.


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Facing South Florida: 2016 Florida Legislative Session

Jim and his guests take a look back at the 2016 Florida legislative session, what got accomplished and what didn’t.


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Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Delrish Moss

Miami Police Major Delrish Moss has been named the new police chief for Ferguson, Missouri.


Major Delrish Moss chats with CBS4's Jim DeFede on challenges awaiting him as the new police chief in Ferguson, MO. (Source: CBS4)

Challenges Await Maj. Delrish Moss As New Police Chief In Ferguson

After the announcement that Miami Police Major Delrish Moss will head to the city of Ferguson to become the city’s new chief of police, the major sat down with CBS4’s Jim Defede to talk about the challenges that await him in Missouri.




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