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Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede

Jim DeFede, Miami Gardens Interim Police Chief Paul Miller and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert discuss crime in their city. (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Crime & Violence in Miami Gardens

Jim spends the entire half hour with the mayor and interim police chief of Miami Gardens, a city plagued with crime and a police department accused of trying to curb the violence through racial profiling.

CBS4–01/13/2014

Jim DeFede & Rick Sanchez  (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Rick Sanchez

Jim devotes the entire half-hour for an up close and personal conversation with controversial broadcaster Rick Sanchez, now a South Florida radio talk show host.

CBS4–01/06/2014

Jim DeFede & Dave Barry (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Dave Barry & A Look Back At 2013

This week on Facing South Florida, host Jim DeFede sat down with author Dave Barry to talk about the weird and wacky events of 2013. Click on the image above for part one of the interview.

12/22/2013

Marc Caputo & Sergio Bustos 
(Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Miami Gardens Crime

We update the problems confronting Miami Gardens, including a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging its police department was abusing the rights of its citizens, and most recently the resignation of its police chief

CBS4–12/17/2013

Marc Caputo & Sergio Bustos 
(Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Reporter Roundtable

Jim sits down with the Miami Herald’s Sergio Bustos and Marc Caputo to discuss the latest from Capitol Hill on the budget deal, updates on the Florida governor’s race, plus the state jobs picture according to Governor Rick Scott. The three also discuss the fallout following that controversial handshake between President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

CBS4–12/17/2013

Remembering Nelson Mandela (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Remembering Nelson Mandela

We look back on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela paying particularly close attention to his controversial visit to South Florida in 1999

CBS4–12/09/2013

Miami Gardens Crime Discussion (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Miami Gardens Crime

We take a closer look at the crime problem in this South Florida city paying particularly close attention to the goings-on at a Miami Gardens convenience store. The store owner has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, the mayor, and the police department, alleging police harassment. The state’s attorney has just wrapped up its investigation and there is already fallout following that office’s decision to not charge officers with any crime.

CBS4–12/09/2013

Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Meet the Mayor

Barbara Sharief is the new Mayor of Broward County. Just selected this week by her fellow commissioners, Jim and Mayor Sharief talk about where the county is heading and let people get to know their new Mayor.

CBS4–11/25/2013

Joe Kennedy (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Joe Kennedy

Jim sits down for an extended interview with the newest member of the Kennedy family to enter politics. Joe Kennedy is a freshman Congressman from Massachusetts. He is the grandson of Bobby Kennedy. President Kennedy was his Great Uncle.

CBS4–11/25/2013

Facing South Florida: Annette Eisenberg

Jim pays tribute to Annette Eisenberg who recently passed away. Annette founded the Downtown Bay Forum with her husband years ago. The Downtown Bay Forum was where the city’s business and political leaders would converge each month for public discussions.

CBS4–11/18/2013