Jim DeFede Biography
Jim DeFede is an American Award-winning Reporter, Host, and Author working for CBS4 – WFOR-TV in Miami, Florida. He joined the station in January 2006.
Jim DeFede Age
DeFede is 60 years old as of 2022. He was born on August 11, 1962, in Brooklyn, New York, United States. He celebrates his birthday on the 11th of August every year.
Jim DeFede Height
DeFede stands at a height of approximately 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).
Jim DeFede Family
DeFede’s family resides in the same rent-controlled apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, where he grew up. He left Brooklyn at the age of 19. DeFede has managed to keep his personal life away from the limelight hence he has not disclosed the names of his parents. It is also not known if DeFede has any siblings.
Jim DeFede Wife
DeFede is very private about his personal life therefore it is not known if he is in any relationship. There are also no rumors of DeFede being in any past relationship with anyone.
Jim DeFede Net Worth
DeFede has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million-$5 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a Reporter and Host.
Jim DeFede Salary
DeFede earns an annual salary ranging from $ 45,000 – $ 110,500.
Jim DeFede Career
DeFede serves at CBS4 as an investigative reporter. He also hosts “Facing South Florida,” a Sunday morning public affairs program. For his work on CBS4 News, he earned 5 regional Emmy Awards. He has reported on the 2016 presidential campaign traveling across Florida and to South Carolina and New Hampshire. Throughout the travel, he secured face-to-face interviews with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump.
At CBS4, he has been responsible for producing long-form reports such as 30-minute specials. Some of these specials include: “The Versace Murder: A South Beach Story,” on the twentieth anniversary of the murder of fashion designer, Andrew Cunanan (spree killer); “Life and Death at Zoo Miami,” on the treatment and care of animals at the zoo in Miami; and “Last Chance Boot Camp,” on the military style corrections center for young offenders in Florida.
DeFede spent over 12 months working on a 60-minute documentary, “The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide,” which CBS4 – WFOR-TV aired in August 2017. The documentary was based on the 2016 environmental disaster that struck the Treasure Coast, as well as its relation to the Everglades restoration.
DeFede got his 1st on-air job in the year 1986, working for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington as a night cops reporter. In the year 1991, he went to work for Miami New Times, a weekly newspaper, as a staff writer. While there, he earned multiple awards during his 11-year tenure with the newspaper. He worked for The Miami Herald as a metro columnist for 3 years (2002-2005). DeFede has also served at Tina Brown’s Talk magazine as a contributing writer.
DeFede’s work has appeared in Loft, Newsday, Radar, The (London) Independent, The New Republic, Key West Magazine, Newsday, Miami Monthly, and Mother Jones. For his education, DeFede was a student at Colorado State University but he did not graduate.
Jim DeFede Book / Author
Other than being a journalist, DeFede is also an author. He penned his 1st book, “The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland.” The book was published in the year 2002 by HarperCollins and was honored with a 2003 Christopher Award for its ability to “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
Jim DeFede Health / Surgery
In June 2007, DeFede was missing in action on the radio for several days. On a Sunday, his colleague, Joan Fleischman announced in her Miami Herald gossip column that DeFede had undergone surgery to drain fluid that had been building up around his heart. She announced that at the time, he was recovering from the surgery at home. After his recovery, he explained that it all began with shortness of breath, someday before he disappeared. He then went in for an echocardiogram later that same day, at Mercy Hospital. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. The docs told said that “he was just hours away from death.” He underwent some treatments and, ultimately, was scheduled for surgery. Fortunately, the surgery was successful and he recovered.
Jim DeFede Weight Loss
After the surgery, DeFede said that despite the extra weight he carried, he was healthy and strong. He also stated that he needed to lose some weight to be on the safer side. Since then, he has been working on losing his weight.
Jim DeFede CBS4
DeFede is currently working at CBS4 where he works alongside other famous CBS4 meteorologists, anchors, and reporters including;
- Eliott Rodriguez
- Lauren Pastrana
- Marybel Rodriguez
- Karli Barnett
- Najahe Sherman
- Lissette Gonzalez
- Dave Warren
- Jennifer Correa
- Ivan Cabrera
- Kim Bokamper
- Steven “Goldie” Goldstein
- Harry Cicma
- Mike Cugno
- Jim Berry
- Deborah Souverain
Jim DeFede Social Media Platforms
He is active on his social media accounts and is often seen posting on his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He has over 19.3K followers on Twitter.