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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

WETZSTEIN: Program needs to include dads

I thought 30 years of "no man in the house" social policy showed that when fathers are ejected from poor homes, it leads to misery among men, women and children, not to mention generational poverty. Published January 12, 2010

Obama plan funds nurse visits to new moms

It's a scenario repeated thousands of times in the past 30 years: A young, poor, pregnant woman agrees to have a nurse visit her in her home. Published January 12, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Interaction key to happiness

Has your family been hammered by layoffs? Does someone you love suffer from depression or a stress disorder? Is an emotional malady — anger, fear, despair — wreaking havoc in your world? In other words, are you unhappy? Published January 5, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Making it pay to have children

Families with high school students and college-age children may want to consider an idea from historian and author Allan Carlson about the high costs of college. Mr. Carlson suggests that the federal government establish a debt-forgiveness program for college-educated married couples who have a child. Published December 29, 2009

WETZSTEIN: 'Tablecloth' is a love story

The story passed around the Internet about love and a tablecloth looks like an urban legend, but it is probably grounded in truth. Published December 22, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Youth take risks with birth control

A new report on unintended pregnancy suggests American young people are in a "fog" over contraception and they need more education on how to avoid premarital or unwanted pregnancy. I think American youth may not be not as foggy as they appear. Published December 20, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Bill may change relationship talk

Who knows where the debate on health care reform will be by today, but tucked inside the Senate bill is a small but revolutionary provision that, if enacted, could change the national conversation on teens and sex. Published December 13, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Taming the infidelity tiger

Golf star Tiger Woods' admission of "transgressions" -- and a growing list of infidelities -- may soon land him in a very expensive divorce court. Or, if wife Elin is magnanimous enough to give her husband and father of their two babies another chance, they might land on Oprah's couch, where he can do a full public grovel before an outraged audience. Published December 8, 2009

WETZSTEIN: STD exams needed early

A prominent medical group recently suggested that American teenage girls and college-age women avoid getting gynecological exams for cervical cancer until they turn 21. Published December 1, 2009

WETZSTEIN: 'Thankful Pilgrims survived miseries'

Thanksgiving time has come again. Amid the countless directions our thoughts go at this time, allow me to reprise an earlier column about the origins of this national holiday. Published November 29, 2009

WETZSTEIN: The language of Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving 2009 comes into view, we the people, hard-wired to connect, are beginning to gather together out of love and friendship and gratitude for God's blessings. Published November 24, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Sperm donation testing falls short

Height and intelligence may always top the list of desirable qualities in male gametes, but without a full report card on genetic health, sperm donation is buyer beware. Published November 22, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Teens without love role model

Do black and Hispanic teens have high expectations for romantic relationships? Yes. Do they understand what constitutes a healthy romantic relationship, i.e., trust, honesty, good communication? Yes. Published November 17, 2009

WETZSTEIN: What's missing in sex education

The massive health care reform bill in Congress contains a measure to spend $75 million a year on comprehensive sex education, under the heading of "adulthood training." Published November 15, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Faith, family work together

Earlier this year, American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray wrote a warning about American elites pushing America to become like Europe. Published November 10, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Polls show turn to civil unions

Maine voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether they will allow gay couples to marry. Gay marriage was enacted in May by a Democrat-led Senate and House and Maine Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat. Published November 3, 2009