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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

Bremerton (Wash.) High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy (center) prays with his team despite orders to stop. Mr. Kennedy was subsequently placed on paid administrative leave. (Seattle Times via Associated Press)

Praying football coach files EEOC complaint

A Washington state high school football coach has filed a federal religious discrimination complaint for being sanctioned for praying after football games on the 50-yard line. Published December 15, 2015

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Chairman Robert P. George. (Image courtesy of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Robert George hospitalized, now 'out of danger': report

Robert P. George, Princeton law professor and prominent proponent of religious freedom and traditional marriage, has been hospitalized, but his condition is not deemed life-threatening anymore, The Christian Post reported Friday. Published December 11, 2015

A bride and groom lean over the east balcony as they pose for a photograph in Grand Central Terminal in New York. Grand Central Station. (AP Photo/Donald King)

Divorce reforms floated in Michigan, other states

Divorce reform continues to captivate state lawmakers, including a House panel in Michigan that held a hearing Wednesday to gather testimonies on how to shore up America's marriage culture. Published December 9, 2015

"A primary way to fight child trafficking is to fight demand created by sex tourists," said Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican. Data show that "registered sex offenders are traveling disproportionately to countries where children are trafficked for sex," he said, adding that a "deeply disturbing" 2010 Government Accountability Office report found that at least 4,500 U.S. passports were issued to registered sex offenders in 2008.

China's two-child policy still rife with abuses, Hill hearing told

China's highly touted decision to end its strict "one-child policy" to control its population has not meant the end of grim abuses and coercive practices for families in the country, witnesses told a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday. Published December 3, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz told a crowd at the American Renewal Project that the country's 90 million evangelicals must vote to uphold America's values. (Associated Press)

Cruz: Pastors must run for office to save America's soul

Whether it's 1,000 pastors who throw their hats into the political arena or 1,000 football coaches who "take a knee" after a game, America needs more religious people to step up, speakers told a Virginia training workshop Tuesday. Published November 17, 2015

Robert Oscar Lopez, associate professor of English and Classics at California State University-Northridge and executive board member of the International Children's Rights Institute. (Photo courtesy International Children's Rights Institute, November 2015).

California professor faces discipline over optional conference on family matters

A tenured, conservative Christian professor in California -- who was raised by lesbian mothers but opposes same-sex marriage -- is waiting to hear what action his university employer will take against him in its finding that he tried to "intimidate" students who sought to complain about an optional class assignment on family matters. Published November 12, 2015

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden took questions from reporters on Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/John Amis/File)

Syphilis in newborns up sharply: report

Syphilis infections in newborns increased sharply over a two-year period, prompting calls for better disease screening and prenatal care of at-risk women, the federal government said Thursday. Published November 12, 2015

This undated image provided by Bedsider.org shows a package of estrogen/progestin birth control pills. (AP Photo/Bedsider.org)

U.S. birth-control use stable, except for increase in use of IUDs: study

American women of child-bearing age continue to use birth control at high rates, with the pill, condoms and sterilization remaining the most common methods of avoiding pregnancy. However, use of the intrauterine device has steadily grown, the National Center for Health Statistics said Tuesday. Published November 10, 2015