Jim DeFede Biography
Jim DeFede is an American investigative reporter, anchor and host of Facing South Florida for CBS in Miami, Florida. He is also the author of the book, The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland. Facing South Florida is a Sunday morning public affairs program.
Prior, he worked as a night cops reporter for the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. He joined Spokesman-Review in 1986, marking his first job in journalism.
Jim DeFede Age
DeFede was born on 11th August 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Jim Defede Height
DeFede stands at the height of 5 feet and 6 inches tall.
Jim Defede Education
DeFede enrolled at Colorado State University in Fort Collins for his degree. However, due to unknown reasons, he did not complete his degree.
Jim Defede Nationality
DeFede is of American nationality.
Jim Defede Ethnicity
DeFede belongs to the White ethnicity.
Jim Defede Parents
DeFede has not revealed any information regarding his birth parents’ identities but calls Brooklyn home, where his parents still reside.
Jim Defede Siblings
DeFede has not revealed details regarding his siblings to the media.
Jim Defede Wife
DeFede is quite secretive when it comes to his personal life; hence information regarding his marital status is still under investigation.
Jim Defede Children
DeFede has not mentioned having children; it is unknown if he has kids.
Jim Defede CBS4
DeFede currently works at CBS4 as an investigative reporter. He also hosts “Facing South Florida,” a Sunday morning public affairs program. DeFede has been awarded five regional Emmy Awards for his work at CBS 4. He was at the forefront of broadcasting during the 2016 presidential campaign travelling across several states, Florida, South Carolina, and New Hampshire. Throughout the travel, DeFede secured face-to-face interrogations with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump.
At CBS4, His assigned duties for producing long-form reports such as 30-minute specials. Some of these specials covered by him include: “The Versace Murder which was A South Beach Story,” on the twentieth anniversary of the killing of fashion designer Andrew Cunanan; “Life and Death at Zoo Miami,” on the treatment and care of animals at the zoo in Miami; and “Last Chance Boot Camp,” in Florida on the military style corrections centre for young delinquents and offenders.
He also spent over 12 months working on a 60-minute documentary, “The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide,” which aired in August 2017 by CBS4 – WFOR-TV. The documentary focused on the 2016 environmental disaster that struck the Treasure Coast and its relation to the Everglade’s restoration.
DeFede kicked off his career after landing his first on-air job in 1986, working for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington as a night cops reporter. In 1991, he moved to serve as a staff writer for the Miami New Times, a weekly newspaper. He was awarded multiple awards during his 11-year spent working for the newspaper. He worked for The Miami Herald for three years, from 2002 to 2005, as a metro columnist. DeFede has also served as a contributing writer at Tina Brown’s Talk magazine.
His work has been recognized and appeared on several platforms, including Loft, Newsday, The New Republic, Radar, The (London) Independent, Key West Magazine, Miami Monthly, and Mother Jones.
Jim Defede Books
DeFede is also an author, besides being an anchor. He published his 1st book, “The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11, in Gander, Newfoundland.” The book was printed in the year 2002 by HarperCollins and was awarded with a 2003 Christopher Award due to its impact to “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
Jim DeFede Weight Loss
DeFede decided to lose weight after the emergency surgery that entailed removing fluid from his heart, resulting in shortness of breath and acting as a scare. He was advised to reduce his weight and undergo diet training that included portion-controlled foods from Chef Mario, showcased on his show Jim’s show. It also included exercise and taking quarter or mile night walks. The method seemed successful, as he had lost 63 pounds within a few months, and since then, he has lost quite a lot of pounds.
Jim Defede Political Party
DeFede also serves as a political analyst at CBS 4. He previewed the democratic primary for the governors during the 2016 elections.
Jim Defede’s Salary
DeFede earns an estimated annual salary of USD 69,835.
Jim Defede’s Networth
DeFede has a net worth of approximately USD 1,846,524.
Jim Defede’s Social Media
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