Jim DeFede

jim defede 600x450 Jim DeFedeJim DeFede joined CBS4 News in January 2006 and serves as an investigative reporter for the station, as well as host of its Sunday morning public affairs program “Facing South Florida.”

He covered the 2016 presidential campaign travelling to New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as across Florida, securing one-on-one interviews with Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio.

For CBS4 News, DeFede has produced long-form reports, including half hour specials such as “Last Chance Boot Camp,” on Florida’s military style corrections center for young offenders; “Life and Death at Zoo Miami,” a look at the care and treatment of animals at Miami’s zoo; and “The Versace Murder: A South Beach Story,” on the twentieth anniversary of the fashion designer’s murder by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.

In August 2017, CBS4 News aired “The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide,” a one hour documentary on the 2016 environmental disaster that hit the Treasure Coast and its relation to Everglades restoration. DeFede spent more than a year working on the documentary.

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 has been a contributing writer for Tina Brown’s Talk magazine. 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.”

DeFede has won five regional Emmy Awards for his work on CBS4 News.

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Debris Debacle: “The Governor Was Actually Doing The Price Gouging”

In an interview with CBS4 News, Governor Rick Scott continued to defend his decision to issue emergency contracts to remove storm debris after Hurricane Irma and ignore the companies already in place to do the work.

06/17/2018

Facing South Florida: The Catholic Church’s Strong Position on Immigration

The US Conference of Bishops met in Fort Lauderdale and took aim at the Trump Administration’s policies on immigration.

CBS4–06/17/2018

Facing South Florida: CBS4 News Investigates- Debris Debacle

CBS4 continues with its investigation into the millions of taxpayer dollars that appear to have been wasted during the cleanup in the Florida Keys following Hurricane Irma.

CBS4–06/17/2018

Governor On Costly Debris Contracts: ‘I Would Do The Same Thing Again’

In a sworn deposition, the emergency manager for Monroe County denied requesting help from the state to remove storm debris immediately after Hurricane Irma, sharply undercutting the reason Governor Rick Scott and his staff have given for why they needed an emergency contract that needlessly cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

06/13/2018

Exclusive: Rick Scott’s ‘Rookie Mistake’ May Have Cost Taxpayers Millions

Soon after Hurricane Irma slammed into the state, Governor Rick Scott made the decision to ignore the debris removal contracts already in place in the Florida Keys.

06/12/2018

Facing South Florida: Hurricane Heroes

As we begin a new hurricane season, we take a look back at lessons learned from Hurricane Irma.

CBS4–06/10/2018

Facing South Florida: Politics 2018

Marc Caputo joins Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede.

CBS4–06/10/2018

Facing South Florida: Florida Governor’s Race 2018

Former Congressman Patrick Murphy announced this week he would not run for Governor.

CBS4–06/10/2018

Hurricane Irma Nursing Home Tragedy: “This Could Happen Again”

If there was a single tragedy that defined Hurricane Irma, it was the deaths of at least a dozen people at a Hollywood Hills nursing home.

06/05/2018

‘We Did Something Special’: US1 Radio Host On Hurricane Irma Coverage

When the leading edge of Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys, it almost immediately knocked out power, leaving residents in the Keys without access to information from the internet or television. But thanks to a man behind a microphone at a radio station, they were not alone.

CBS4–06/04/2018

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