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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Facing South Florida: Trump Tax Cuts

Are the corporate tax cuts congress passed this year working?

CBS4–05/20/2018

Facing South Florida: Parents Of Parkland Shooting Victims Running For Office

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.

CBS4–05/20/2018

“Look Out” Convicted In Key West Gold Bar Heist

A major development this morning in the mystery of the gold bar stolen from a Key West museum.

05/17/2018

Facing South Florida: Efforts To Make Liberty Square Safer

In recent weeks, city and county police have stepped up their efforts to stop gun violence around Liberty Square.

CBS4–05/06/2018

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Billionaire Tom Steyer

Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede had a chance to interview billionaire Tom Steyer.

CBS4–05/06/2018

An Inside Look At Broward County’s Illegal Drag Racing

Lamborghinis. Teslas. McLarens. Ferraris. They all make their way to “The Spot” as some of the dragsters call it.

05/01/2018

Facing South Florida: Race For State Attorney General

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.

CBS4–04/29/2018

Facing South Florida: City Beautiful Turns Ugly

Coral Gables Police Union attorney Mark Richards joins Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede.

CBS4–04/29/2018

Facing South Florida: No Confidence Vote Against Sheriff Scott Israel

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.

CBS4–04/29/2018

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Congressional Candidate Angie Chirino

Angie Chirino is an accomplished singer and songwriter who more recently has been working on children’s issues.

CBS4–04/22/2018

Facing South Florida: Catching Up On Politics With Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

The Congresswoman joins Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede to discuss the week’s big political stories. 

CBS4–04/22/2018

Facing South Florida: The Business Of Lobster

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.

CBS4–04/15/2018

Joe Biden Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

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.

04/13/2018

CBS4 Special Preview: The Business of Lobster

In an upscale portion of Hong Kong, the Boat Dweller Restaurant is renowned for its live seafood.

04/12/2018

Roger Stone: Paul Manafort Will Never “Roll Over” On President Trump

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.

04/08/2018

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Trump Advisor Roger Stone

Roger Stone, the South Florida political hit-man and long-time advisor to President Trump is back on the national news scene.

CBS4–04/08/2018

Preview: Roger Stone Sits Down With CBS4’s Jim DeFede

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.

CBS4–04/06/2018

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Miami, 50 Years After His Assassination

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.

04/04/2018

Facing South Florida: Examining The Far Right

The hoaxes, conspiracy theories, and downright meanness of the far right.

CBS4–04/01/2018

Facing South Florida: Deadly FIU Bridge Collapse Exclusive

Just two weeks since the collapse, Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede interviews some of the first responders from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

CBS4–04/01/2018

EXCLUSIVE: Inside The Search For Survivors Of The FIU Bridge Collapse

Battalion Chief Carlos Perez was clearing a house fire just down the street from Florida International University when the call came in.

03/29/2018

Focus On South Florida: National Water Dance

The “National Water Dance” is a commitment to protecting the environment through the arts.

My TV 33–03/25/2018

Facing South Florida: March For Our Lives

This week on Facing South Florida we take a closer look at the March For Our Lives rallies held over the weekend.

CBS4–03/25/2018

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Congressional Candidate Mary Barzee Flores

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.

CBS4–03/18/2018

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Florida Rep. Jared Moskowitz

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.

CBS4–03/18/2018

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Congressional Candidate Donna Shalala

Congressional candidate Donna Shalala joins Facing South Florida.

CBS4–03/11/2018

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Gubernatorial Candidate Philip Levine

Former Mayor Philip Levine, who is now running for Governor of Florida, joins Facing South Florida.

CBS4–03/11/2018

‘We Are Facing The Test Of Who We Are’: Shalala To CBS4 On Running For Congress

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.

CBS4–03/07/2018

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Rep. Ted Deutch

Facing South Florida host Jim DeFede is joined by Congressman Ted Deutch.

CBS4–03/04/2018

Rubio Offers His Own Plans To Prevent School Shootings

Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced his own plans to prevent another massacre – but those plans are already being criticized.

03/02/2018

Sources: Carnage Could Have Been Far Worse In Florida School Massacre

CBS4 News has obtained new information in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre which left 17 people dead.

CBS4–02/27/2018

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi

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.

CBS4–02/25/2018

Sources: Multiple BSO Deputies Waited Outside School While Shooting Was Happening

It now appears that School Resource Officer Scot Peterson may not have been the only person who was expected to act, and didn’t.

02/24/2018

Facing South Florida: Marco Rubio On School Shooting, Gun Control

We have seen students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School turn grief into anger as they demand changes from Tallahassee to Washington.

CBS4–02/18/2018

Facing South Florida: Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie Speaks On School Shooting

The carnage at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School is the latest mass shooting in an ever growing line of mass shootings.

CBS4–02/18/2018

Facing South Florida: Race For U.S. Congressional District 27

Bruno Barreiro has served as Miami-Dade County Commissioner for more than 20 years.

CBS4–02/11/2018

Facing South Florida: Social Security & Medicare In New Federal Budget

What does the increase in spending in the new federal budget mean for Social Security and Medicare?

CBS4–02/11/2018

Facing South Florida: The Making Of A Dream

It has been said that the issue of the Dreamers is the civil rights movement of our time. 

CBS4–02/04/2018

Facing South Florida: The Cost Of Miami-Dade County’s Detainer Program

Last year, in a controversial move Miami-Dade County changed its policy and began detaining prisoners for ICE.

CBS4–02/04/2018

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Matt Haggman

We’ll introduce you to Matt Hagman, one of at least eight Democrats running to replace the retiring Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

CBS4–01/28/2018

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