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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: New hope rises for autism science

The United Kingdom's prestigious medical journal BMJ last week released what appears to be damning evidence about a 1998 study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield and colleagues in which they saw an association with a childhood vaccination and onset of autism in eight previously normal children. Published January 10, 2011

Anti-polygamy law challenged in Canada court

A court hearing challenging Canada's anti-polygamy law on religious freedom grounds resumes Wednesday in British Columbia and will eventually include testimony from men and women who are living in multiple-partner marriages. Published January 4, 2011

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WETZSTEIN: Moms deliver birth records

A recent federal report on American childbearing was literally bursting with records. But it may be hard to tell the good news from the maybe-not-so-good news. Published January 4, 2011

'Abstinent' teens test positive for STDs

More than 10 percent of teens who said they were abstinent also tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease, says a study in Pediatrics released Monday — a figure public health advocates say justifies screening all teens for such diseases. Published January 3, 2011

California No. 1 in marijuana admissions

California, a national leader in medical marijuana use, saw admissions for treatment for marijuana dependence more than double over the past decade, the federal government said in a first-of-its-kind report. Published December 30, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Americans exceptional in fertility

American "exceptionalism" has started popping up in commentaries and newscasts. The phrase is traced back to French historian Alexis de Tocqueville, who in the 1830s tried to explain to European elites why and how Americans were so different from them. Published December 27, 2010

Majority of teens live in 'rejection' families

More than half of American teens have grown up with parents who "rejected each other," which bodes ill for the nation's future leadership, productivity, wealth and well-being, says a new national report on American families. Published December 15, 2010

Pot survey fires up debate over messages to youths

In 2010, American teens' past-month use of marijuana rose high enough to eclipse their use of cigarettes, according to a national report on teen substance abuse — a finding that the White House and public-health officials blamed in part on drug-legalization efforts. Published December 14, 2010

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WETZSTEIN: 'Marshall Plan' for marriage gap

For at least a generation, marriage and family cohesion have been unraveling in America's low-income families. Now this rending of family ties is spreading into America's middle class, the home of hard-working, blue-collar, service-industry people who graduated from high school but didn't quite land that college degree. Published December 13, 2010


Lawmakers in 3 states gird against abortionist

Pro-life advocates in Maryland, Iowa and Indiana are pushing back with rallies and talk of more restrictive legislation as one of the nation's most prominent late-term abortion doctors works to expand his practice in all three states. Published December 9, 2010

'Faith gap' seen among married

In addition to an "education gap" in marriage, there is also a "faith gap," says the new State of Our Unions report on marriage. Published December 6, 2010

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WETZSTEIN: Religious strength tied to well-being

In this season of holidays, it seems timely to assess the value of religion in human lives. The bottom line: Being religious is positively associated with well-being. Published December 6, 2010

Facing temptation on Facebook

Using Facebook to track down "old flames" isn't a good idea for husbands or wives, but they need not flee from the popular social networking site either, marriage experts say. Published December 5, 2010

Documentary traces children's AIDS

In the spirit of "never forget," a documentary about how thousands of American hemophiliacs became infected with the emerging AIDS virus is being released publicly Wednesday in honor of World AIDS Day. Published November 30, 2010