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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

Cheryl Wetzstein

WETZSTEIN: Birth history raises cancer risk

Why should age at first birth be a risk factor for cancer? And what is the larger meaning of this risk factor in a culture that fully endorses delayed marriage and delayed childbearing? Published July 26, 2010

Red vs. blue family in black and white

The 2004 and 2008 elections showed a divided America — and that division extends even to families, say two family law professors who have launched a debate about "red" and "blue" American families. Published July 25, 2010

All states urged to give adult adoptees their history

The nation should follow the lead of a handful of U.S. states that allow adult adoptees to have copies of their original birth certificates, an adoption advocacy and research group says in a report released Thursday. Published July 15, 2010

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WETZSTEIN: Birthrate test for Hispanic teens

Some 50 organizations recently banded together to launch a campaign to reduce births among Hispanic teens. This will be an interesting story to watch. Published July 12, 2010

Critics of doctor deplore 'cure' for lesbianism in utero

A spate of headlines have criticized a New York doctor for purported efforts to "cure" lesbianism, but once hyperbole is removed, she is faulted more for not making sure pregnant patients are included in formal studies, so their children's health outcomes can be tracked. Published July 7, 2010

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WETZSTEIN: Let's not give up on idea of marriage ed

This week, the nation's largest "marriage movement" conference gets under way in Orlando, Fla. As always, marriage education will be a hot topic at the "Smart Marriages, Happy Families" conference. Published July 5, 2010

Excess TV, video games stunt focus

Pediatricians' warnings may be right — children who spend more than two hours a day watching television and playing video games seem to struggle more to stay focused in school. Published July 5, 2010

Obama trumps Reagan, academics say in survey

Franklin D. Roosevelt again topped the Siena College survey of the best U.S. presidents, but the man sitting in the White House fewer than 18 months has cracked the Top 15. Published July 1, 2010

Survey finds FDR best president

For the fifth time in five surveys, Franklin D. Roosevelt tops a Siena College survey of the best U.S. presidents, the school said Thursday. Published July 1, 2010

Study: Charter school students' performance average

A new study of middle-school students in charter schools in 15 sates found they generally performed no better in basic math and reading than their public school counterparts. Published June 29, 2010

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WETZSTEIN: 'Helping hands' site aids families

A free website called is enabling tens of thousands of families in distress to create private communities of friends and family members to assist them with their needs. Published June 28, 2010

**FILE** California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Calif. officials running out of time for welfare fraud plan

California human services officials have just a few more days to come up with a plan to combat welfare fraud, waste and abuse, including blocking welfare recipients from cashing their state-issued benefits in casinos and poker rooms. Published June 28, 2010

Conservatives decry pro-gay moves

As the Obama administration hustles to fulfill the president's campaign promises to create equality for LGBT Americans, conservative groups are crying foul. Published June 24, 2010

Charter schools get a good grade

A rigorous study of a national charter school system has found that most of its low-income students achieve "overwhelmingly positive" academic improvements in a few years. Published June 22, 2010