Pam Zekman Biography
Pam Zekman is an American journalist who has been an investigative reporter at WBBM-TV in Chicago since 198. He was born in Chicago. Zekman is known for her aggressive investigative work, including the purchase of the Mirage Tavern. She has shared two Pulitzer Prizes for her reporting for the Chicago Tribune (1971–76) and the Chicago Sun-Times (1976–81).
Pam Zekman Age
Pam Zekman was born on October 22, 1944, in Chicago. She is 74 years old as of 2018.
Pam Zekman Married| Personal Life
Zekman has been married twice, first to a U.S. district judge James Zagel and later divorced in 1975. She later got married to former Chicago newspaperman Rick Soll, who later died on April 22, 2016. Zekman’s father, Theodore N. Zekman, was a Chicago ophthalmologist.
Pam Zekman Education
Zekman is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley
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Pam Zekman Career
Zekman spent over a decade as a newspaper reporter before working in television. Zekman is known for her aggressive investigative work, including the purchase of the Mirage Tavern. She has shared two Pulitzer Prizes for her reporting for the Chicago Tribune (1971–76) and the Chicago Sun-Times (1976–81). As a young woman, Zekman was also a competitive figure skater, finishing fifth in junior ladies singles at the 1961 United States Figure Skating Championships.
Zekman, along with fellow WBBM personalities, police reporter John Drummond, chief correspondent Jay Levine, and then evening anchor/reporter Lester Holt appeared in the final scenes of the 1993 film The Fugitive, playing themselves. She, along with Drummond, also appeared in the 1996 film Chain Reaction.
Pam Zekman Net Worth
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Pam Zekman is an American journalist who has been an investigative reporter at WBBM-TV in Chicago since 1981. She has shared two Pulitzer Prizes for her reporting for the Chicago Tribune (1971–76) and the Chicago Sun-Times (1976–81)
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Pulitzer-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 convictions.
Most recently Zekman exposed massive Medicare fraud by companies selling various back, leg and arm braces to patients that did not want them or need them. She also exposed misleading sales pitches by doctors claiming unproven stem cell treatments could relieve pain and cure diseases, charging thousands of dollars for injections.
Zekman and her producer Dan Blom have also exposed dangerous cab drivers and bus 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.
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. A total of 55 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. The legislation was proposed to crack down on the abuses.
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 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.