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.

2 Investigators: Toxic-Smelling Windows Draw Attention Of Aldermen

It was a multi-million dollar project, but are sound-proof windows installed around Midway Airport making people sick?


2 Investigators: Soundproofed, With Smell Of ‘Burning Plastic’

The city of Chicago says they’ll replace the windows, but they want something in return from Southwest Side residents. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


Russian Election-Hack Saga Has Tragic Chicago Connection

In his room at a Rochester, Minn. hotel, police authorities found the body of 81-year-old Peter W. Smith on May 14.


2 Investigators: Inspectors Missed Major Condo Defects, Suit Says

With Chicago in the midst of a residential construction boom, this is a cautionary tale for anyone in the market to buy. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


2 Investigators: More Evidence Of A Bad Parking Meter Deal

Chicago’s controversial parking meter deal has cost the city and taxpayers $41 million so far – and counting.


2 Investigators: Theft By ‘Business Email Compromise’

Overseas crooks convince U.S. businesses to wire money to them. How do they do it? CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


2 Investigators: Company Accused Of Dodging $600K In Property Taxes

All told, Mack Industries owes Cook County $1.2 million, including interest and penalties, officials say. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


2 Investigators: Sweepstakes Scams Keep Trolling For Victims

The phone call comes. You’ve won $2.5 million. Would you fall for it? CBS 2’s Pam Zekman investigates.


2 Investigators: Postal Service Loses Family Heirloom

A set of silverware made a circuitous journey before it finally disappeared under the care of the U.S. Postal Service. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


2 Investigators: Motorist’s Car Wrongly Towed From Metra Lot

A wrongful towing leaves a local woman on the hook for $920.


2 Investigators: Beware High-Pressure Deals For Extended Auto Warranties

Lynne Nellemann’s 2010 Mercedes had 112,000 miles on it when the original warranty expired. Then she got a call from Patriot Protection Shield. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


2 Investigators: Harvey Paid $19,000 For Judgment Against Mayor’s Sister

CBS 2’s Pam Zekman went digging in the south suburb, and at one point got ejected from the home of the woman at the center of the controversy.


2 Investigators: Recall Doesn’t Cure Problems With Top-Loading Washer

2 Investigator Pam Zekman talks with consumers who say they are still having problems with their Samsung clothing washers.


2 Investigators: Debt ‘Collectors’ Trick People Into Paying Money They Don’t Owe

As CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports, one woman who was taken for $30,000 was the victim of a repeat offender.


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2 Investigators: Fraudsters Luring Victims Through Job-Search Engines

2 investigator Pam Zekman warns: Beware of job scams.


2 Investigators: Home Owner Thinks Post Office Tipped Off Burglars She Was Gone

Postal officials concede it’s not a good idea to put notices on peoples’ mailboxes when they go on vacation. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


Trump Claims Voter Fraud, Illinois Officials Say No Evidence

Illinois election officials say there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, despite what President Trump is tweeting.


2 Investigators: Illinois Tax Dollars Used Against Illinois Taxpayers

Bills to cap property taxes have been opposed by lobbyists paid with your tax dollars. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman explains.


2 Investigators: Cost Of Replacing Lead Service Lines Is On Chicago Home Owners

Other cities have programs that help owners replace the dangerous material. Not Chicago. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.


2 Investigators: Sham Marriage Drains Elderly Man’s Savings

Ninety-two-year-old Aloysius Mack, who has dementia, was a victim of a form of elder abuse. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.




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