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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively on welfare and family issues such as child support enforcement, abstinence and sex education, child welfare, sexually transmitted diseases, marriage, divorce, cohabiting and gay marriage.

She has won several newspaper awards, including 1977 Cub Reporter of the Year and 1983 Heart of New York award, both from the New York Press Club.

Articles by Cheryl Wetzstein

Bob Mueller, 60, center background, leads his family in a prayer before they eat dinner. (Associated Press)

Family finances hit by divorce, other factors

Wage stagnation and rising income inequality — two features of the current recovery that have puzzled both policymakers and analysts — may reflect not economic factors, but a vast change over the decades in the structure of the American family, in particular the decline in the number of married-parent families, according to a new study. Published October 30, 2014

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, an abortion protester stands outside the Red River Valley Women's Clinic in downtown Fargo, N.D. The director of North Dakota's sole abortion provider says medical abortions have ceased at the Fargo clinic following a North Dakota Supreme Court ruling Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, that upheld a 2011 state law limiting the use of drugs to perform abortions. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack, File)

N.D. clinic stops offering abortion pills

The director of North Dakota's only abortion clinic said Wednesday her staff would stop providing abortions with pills, but would continue offering surgical abortions. Published October 29, 2014

Vacationers enjoy the shore at Folly Beach, S.C., on July 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Bruce Smith) **FILE**

Vacations becoming a relic of the past?

The American habit of taking four weeks off work each year seems to have gone with the wind. A new study finds that U.S. employees now average a mere 16 vacation days from work — the lowest annual amount in the last four decades. Published October 21, 2014

FILE - In  this Sept. 28, 2014 file photo Iowa Republican senate candidate Joni Ernst takes questions after debating her Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley in Indianola, Iowa. As time runs short in the competitive Iowa Senate race, Democrats are trying to tarnish the centerpiece of Republican Ernst’s successful Senate campaign _ her appealing image as a down-to-earth farm girl. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth, File)

New ad links Iowa's Ernst to Akin, Mourdock

Two ads attacking Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst for her pro-life views were launched Thursday, hours before she was scheduled to participate in a final debate with her Democratic rival. Published October 16, 2014

Outside the Planned Parenthood offices on 16th Street Northwest, representatives of pro-life groups, including Lila Rose, founder of Live Action [in pink skirt and black jacket], protest taxpayer support for the giant reproductive health services organization. (Photo by The Washington Times)

Pro-life groups protest government funded abortions

With three weeks to go before the midterm elections, representatives of pro-life groups gathered outside a Planned Parenthood office to denounce the abortion-providing giant and urge people to vote "for life." Published October 14, 2014

FILE- In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, plaintiff in the Bostic v. Rainey case, Tony London, waves to the crowd as he and his partner, Tim Bostic, right, leave Federal Court after a hearing on Virginia's ban on gay marriage in Norfolk, Va. Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, July 28, 2014 in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

West Virginia drops fight against gay marriage

West Virginia officials on Thursday cleared the way for marriages of same-sex couples after the state's top law enforcement officer said his office will no longer fight the matter in court. Published October 9, 2014

The Supreme Court (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Supreme Court denies gay marriage appeals

The Supreme Court made history Monday, with a nondecision that effectively moved the country much closer to the day when legal gay marriage is the law of the land. Published October 6, 2014

In a recent letter to Virginia's health department, Attorney General Mark Herring said doctors do not need to tell parents if teens have abortions. (Associated Press)

Virginia family group outraged over teen abortion ruling

A traditional values group in Virginia is sounding an alarm over a legal opinion that says some underage pregnancies do not have to be reported to child welfare or law enforcement officials. Published October 5, 2014