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.”
In their first and only scheduled debate, Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz accused her primary opponent of supporting policies that would endanger Israel, while her challenger, Nova Southeastern law professor Tim Canova, portrayed the six-term Congresswoman as a creature of Washington more interested in protecting moneyed special interests than her own constituents.
This week on Facing South Florida we host Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz and her challenger in the August 30th Florida primary Tim Canova for a debate.
It was a week to remember at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Jim sits down for an exclusive one-on-one with the GOP Presidential Nominee during his campaign stop this week.
Republican nominee Donald Trump flatly denied any ties to the Russian government or Russian investors.
It was a week to remember in Cleveland.
We examine the importance of Florida in the November general election.
We examine the shooting last week in North Miami that has caused shock waves around the country.
The blue-green algae plaguing east of Lake Okeechobee is not only a toxic inconvenience, but also a financial disaster.
Federal security forces are in Cleveland to monitor crowds at the RNC.