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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: Maces marriage pioneers

A few weeks ago, a woman died in Burlington, Vt., at the age of 106. Such a long life is extraordinary for anyone, but for Vera Mace, it was a modest accomplishment compared with the impact she and her deceased husband, David, had on the institution of marriage. Published August 12, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Prevent car deaths with safety rules

On July 8, when a Loudoun County father realized he had left his newly adopted 21-month-old son locked all day in a hot sport utility vehicle, he collapsed at the car, collapsed at the police station and remained hospitalized for days, according to news reports. Published August 10, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Narcissism disorder takes toll

The media frenzy over supermodel Christie Brinkley and architect Peter Cook's July divorce focused on Mr. Cook's confessed adultery and pornography habits. But something else caught my eye: the word "narcissist." Published August 5, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Divorce changes children

Divorce changes childhood. In married families, children live inside their parents' world. When divorce occurs, the world splits in two. And it falls to the children to make sense of these two worlds. Published July 29, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Porn addicts can heal

The public divorce of former supermodel Christie Brinkley and her handsome architect husband Peter Cook offers a teachable moment. Published July 22, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Lessons from abortion clinic probes

The unusual citizen-driven grand jury investigations of two Kansas abortion clinics have now ended. The final score is 2-0, with pro-life groups winning zip. Published July 15, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Adultery 'wrong' to most Americans

Adultery certainly has been fodder for this year's news cycle. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer kicked it off with his call-girl scandal. Fellow Democrat, Attorney General Marc Dann of Ohio, also stepped down because of an extramarital affair, and Republican Rep. Vito J. Fossella of New York, who fathered a child outside of marriage, has said he's not running for re-election. Published July 13, 2008

WETZSTEIN: 'Smart' marriage evolves

This week, the Smart Marriages conference convenes for the 12th time. When I covered it in 1998, there were probably 500 people there, counting waiters. Now, more than 2,000 participants will cram into plenary sessions, workshops and training sessions. What has a decade's worth of gabbing about a "marriage renaissance" wrought? Published July 1, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Welfare roots led to a big problem

It often takes decades for big social changes to reveal their most far-reaching consequences. Take welfare services for single mothers and their children. Who knew that efforts to solve one small problem in the 1930s would contribute to $100 billion a year in unintended costs 70 years later? Published June 24, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Rap music perpetuates stereotypes of women

A few years ago, I was looking over one of my favorite federal studies for data on American families. As I started pulling numbers for a chart, I slowly became aware of a gut-punching pattern. Published June 22, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Look beyond joy of today

On Monday, California issued its first marriage licenses to gay couples. Thousands of happy men and women soon will avail themselves of this right, which was identified and affirmed by a 4-3 majority of the California Supreme Court on May 15. Published June 17, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Playing with dads is good for kids

I am sure there are evolutionary and otherwise profound psychological reasons for why, of all the fathers in America, the most recognizable one in 2008 is a cartoon buffoon. But we will leave that scholarly inquiry for another time. Published June 15, 2008

WETZSTEIN: YRBS shows a 'new sexual norm' for teens

"Have you ever had sexual intercourse?" Yes or no. That's the simple question that thousands of high school students are asked every two years in a federal survey called the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Published June 10, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Are unwed birthrates a 'tipping point'?

"You're fine" are two of the best words a doctor can say at the end of a visit. The words don't necessarily mean he has fixed what ails us, but they reassure us that at least whatever we have isn't getting worse. The American family gets its temperature taken too, and while it doesn't have a clean bill of health, it recently was pronounced "stable." An obvious question is how long will the stability last? Published June 8, 2008

WETZSTEIN: Minding matters of heart and home

Beginning today, I have the privilege of switching from news reporting to writing columns and analyses on the family. In addition to appearing here on a regular basis, please look for me in the new Sunday Family Times. Published June 3, 2008