Pam Zekman

zekman Pam ZekmanPulitzer-prize winning reporter Pam Zekman serves on CBS 2 Chicago’s investigative team, a position she has held since 1981. During that time, her thorough investigations have earned every major award in television reporting and resulted in governmental reforms and criminal indictments.

Most recently Zekman, and her producer Dan Blom, have exposed dangerous cab drivers with long histories of moving traffic violations and accidents including some that injured or killed pedestrians or passengers. The reports resulted in a major overhaul in the way the city tracks their driving records and toughened enforcement efforts to suspend or revoke their licenses to drive a cab.

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Another investigation exposed fraud in the federal multi-million dollar free and reduced school lunch program meant to feed low income children. Zekman found Chicago Public School teachers and administrators falsified free lunch application forms to show their children qualified even though their parents’ income disqualified them. Fifty five CPS employees have been suspended or fired.

The owners of million dollar homes taxed for years as vacant land were highlighted in another Zekman investigation that exposed systemic failures by the Cook County Assessor’s office. A review of all vacant land in Cook County was ordered and procedures changed to help ensure that everyone pays their fair share of property taxes. Other stories exposed how property owners claimed exemptions they weren’t entitled to, saving thousands of dollars in taxes. Legislation was proposed to crack down on the abuses.

Towing companies that chase business at car accident scenes, ripping off vulnerable accident victims with fraudulent and inflated charges, were exposed in another investigation. Some of that money was used to pay off cops who steered them accident business, according to a federal undercover investigation that has indicted ten officers so far. New state regulations were passed to protect consumers.

Over the years Zekman’s investigations have exposed government waste by city, county, and state employees who were suspended or fired after they were caught with our hidden cameras at home, in bars, asleep, or playing golf when they should have been at work. Some highly paid pay rollers were misused by their bosses to work as their chauffeurs, run personal errands for their bosses, or as party planners.

Another investigation documented $40 million of waste at the Chicago Board of Education and resulted in sweeping changes in the way contracts are awarded, along with the conviction of contractors and school officials, including a former school board president.

An undercover investigation of Medicaid and Medicare fraud resulted in the convictions of dozens of doctors, pharmacists, and the operators of a chain of medical clinics. Several reports on Dangerous Doctors repeatedly sued for performing unnecessary surgeries, or malpractice that injured or killed their patients resulted in reforms by state regulators.

Zekman’s team worked undercover in restaurants to document disgusting conditions and critical violations that can make customers sick.

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2 Investigators: Does Chicago Tap Water Have A Lead Problem?

Federal officials say testing standards are about to be strengthened. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


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2 Investigators: Pharmacy Workers Selling Prescription Drugs On The Street

More than 40 people a day die from prescription drug overdoses and now officials say a growing source of the drugs they abuse are pharmacy workers who have access to all kinds of drugs.


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2 investigators: Smokers Get Burned From Exploding E-Cigarettes

2-Investigator Pam Zekman looks into this troubling trend.


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2 Investigators: How The CPS Pensions Turned Into A Budget Mess

CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman traced the origin of those pensions back to mistakes in negotiations decades ago in this Original Report.


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2 Investigators: Con Artists Trick Grandma Into Buying $10,000 In iTunes Cards

A caller told 79-year-old Pauline Hunt her grandson was in jail and needed bail money. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports on a new twist to an old scam.


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2 Investigators/BGA: Lying Chicago Cop Now On Radar Of Interim Supt.

Chicago’s top cop is now reacting to a story that 2 Investigator Pam Zekman and the Better Government Association broke last night. Why is a cop still on the job after she admitted lying under oath in a criminal case?


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2 Investigators: Chicago Cop Lied, Stays On The Job

Why did Cook County prosecutors decline to pursue a perjury case against Officer Allyson Bogdalek? CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


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2 Investigators: Patient Was Flooded With Painkillers Before His Death

William Bauer was prescribed Hydrocodone — generic for Vicodin — for back pain and several other drugs for chronic lung problems.


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2 Investigators/BGA: State’s Attorney Has Had Video Evidence In Lynwood Police Brutality Case For Two Years

Another case of alleged police misconduct caught on video is turning up the heat on embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.


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2 Investigators: Stem Cell Treatment A Miracle Cure — Or Expensive Letdown?

As CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports, desperate patients are willing to pay thousands of dollars.


Earl Everson got an infection after receiving a pedicure at an Elgin salon, he says. (Earl Everson)

2 Investigators: Rogue Nail Salons Injuring Customers

Of 100 nail salons CBS 2 checked out, 54 of them did not have state licenses. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


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2 Investigators: Indiana Mother Lies About Cancer, Solicits Donations

Evelyn Boarst won’t say why. Friends are stunned about the cash-raising hoax. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


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2 Investigators: State Police Lab May Need Two Years To Catch Up On Rape Kits

That infuriates rape victims, including one who agreed to talk with CBS 2’s Pam Zekman.


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2 Investigators/BGA: Did Lynwood Police Department Try To Cover Up Alleged Brutality?

(CBS) — A Lynwood police sergeant has been fired for allegedly beating up a handcuffed man and the village has agreed to pay the victim half a million dollars to settle his lawsuit. It took […]


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2 Investigators: Steel Columns Supporting Bridges Riddled With Holes, Rust

Immediate action needs to be taken, an expert tells CBS 2’s Pam Zekman.


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2 Investigators: Pensioners Fight Back When Fund Demands Overpayments Be Returned

More than 500 retirees were overpaid more than $5 million over 40 years because of mistakes admitted by the Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 pension fund. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman has this follow-up report.


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2 Investigators: ‘Low T’ Lawsuit Challenges Safety Of Male Hormone-Boosters

(CBS) — Millions of men now take testosterone therapy to reduce fatigue, increase their sex drive and feel younger. But is the hormone harming them or helping them? The debate involving thousands of men is […]


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2 Investigators: Cosmetic Butt Injections? Proceed With Caution

More than a dozen deaths have been reported across the country of women undergoing cosmetic injections to have a more curvaceous figure.


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2 Investigators: Cyber Criminals Targeting Real Estate Transactions

This cyber-crime has gotten so big the National Association of Realtors has issued a fraud alert about it.


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2 Investigators: Some Profitable Speed Cameras Are Nowhere Near Schools, Parks

What are they really for? CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.




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