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WBBM-TV's Pam Zekman to be honored with Diogenes Award

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Pam Zekman, investigative reporter at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2, will receive the Diogenes Award for Excellence in Media from the Better Business Bureau at the group's annual dinner meeting on March 10. She will be honored with the award for her nearly 30 years of investigative reporting for Channel 2. "The BBB Diogenes Award for Excellence in Media is presented to the news person who exemplifies the goals and principles of the Better Business Bureau to support and foster an ethical marketplace benefiting both consumers and businesses," said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the BBB.

In recent years, Zekman's investigations have exposed millions of dollars in government waste, Medicaid and Medicare fraud, dangerous and sometimes deadly conditions in Chicago area restaurants and homes and scams that have cost consumers thousands of dollars.

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Dear Ms.Zekman: First of all I'd like to congradulate you for receiving the Diogenes award for Media excellence earlier this year. We were hoping you could help us resolve a problem with the city. This has to do with a minority contract that was awarded to my mother's company, N&L Pest Control in May of 2003 for a five year period(May 1,2003 thru Oct 31, 2008). Several months after the conract was over she received a letter from the city stating she owed $4,643.00 in overchrarges plus 1/2 audit fee of $40,973.75. However, the city left one year out which she had audited,2003,which showed the city owes her $147,410.53. The city wants to forget the whole thing. This was also a very wasteful contract. We would like to make an appointment to see you if possible. Last April your associate, Harry Porterfield, did a segmenton on my mother - Someone you should know: Anna Easter about her business and vitality at age 97. I'd appreciate a response as soon as possible. My busines telephone number is 773-278-0966. Thank You! Carl Easter

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