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.
Are the corporate tax cuts congress passed this year working?
Three months after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School we have seen the survivors continue to press the case for change and demand action.
A major development this morning in the mystery of the gold bar stolen from a Key West museum.
In recent weeks, city and county police have stepped up their efforts to stop gun violence around Liberty Square.
Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede had a chance to interview billionaire Tom Steyer.
Lamborghinis. Teslas. McLarens. Ferraris. They all make their way to “The Spot” as some of the dragsters call it.
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s term expires this year and Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede speaks to one of the candidates looking to take her place.
Coral Gables Police Union attorney Mark Richards joins Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede.
Jeff Bell, President of Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Union joins Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede to discuss their no confidence vote against Sheriff Scott Israel.
Angie Chirino is an accomplished singer and songwriter who more recently has been working on children’s issues.
The Congresswoman joins Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede to discuss the week’s big political stories.
Fresh Florida Spiny Lobster is a favorite at local restaurants, but most lobster caught locally ends up in China. CBS4’s Jim DeFede investigates ‘The Business Of Lobster’ and why the high demand from Asia has never been greater or more controversial.
In one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country, former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, in her bid to oust Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo.
In an upscale portion of Hong Kong, the Boat Dweller Restaurant is renowned for its live seafood.
In a wide-ranging interview, Roger Stone told CBS4 in Miami that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is wasting his time prosecuting Paul Manafort because Manafort is never going to “roll over” on the President.
Roger Stone, the South Florida political hit-man and long-time advisor to President Trump is back on the national news scene.
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to show interest in Roger Stone, Stone sits down with CBS4’s DeFede to discuss the Russian collusion investigation.
On the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis in 1968, Marvin Dunn was a 28-year-old grad student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
The hoaxes, conspiracy theories, and downright meanness of the far right.
Just two weeks since the collapse, Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede interviews some of the first responders from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
Battalion Chief Carlos Perez was clearing a house fire just down the street from Florida International University when the call came in.
The “National Water Dance” is a commitment to protecting the environment through the arts.
This week on Facing South Florida we take a closer look at the March For Our Lives rallies held over the weekend.
Democrat Mary Barzee Flores, a lawyer and former judge, discusses why she believes she is best to replace Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in District 27.
We are going to take a closer look at the bill the legislature passed in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Congressional candidate Donna Shalala joins Facing South Florida.
Former Mayor Philip Levine, who is now running for Governor of Florida, joins Facing South Florida.
CBS4’s Jim DeFede talks exclusively to Donna Shalala one day before formally announcing she’s running for the Congressional seat being vacated by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede is joined by Congressman Ted Deutch.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced his own plans to prevent another massacre – but those plans are already being criticized.
CBS4 News has obtained new information in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre which left 17 people dead.
Students and teachers are just beginning to return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following the deadly shooting that took place less than two weeks ago.
It now appears that School Resource Officer Scot Peterson may not have been the only person who was expected to act, and didn’t.
We have seen students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School turn grief into anger as they demand changes from Tallahassee to Washington.
The carnage at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School is the latest mass shooting in an ever growing line of mass shootings.
Bruno Barreiro has served as Miami-Dade County Commissioner for more than 20 years.
What does the increase in spending in the new federal budget mean for Social Security and Medicare?
It has been said that the issue of the Dreamers is the civil rights movement of our time.
Last year, in a controversial move Miami-Dade County changed its policy and began detaining prisoners for ICE.
We’ll introduce you to Matt Hagman, one of at least eight Democrats running to replace the retiring Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.