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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

Jeb Bush urges action on NCLB

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and members of a new "children's union" called Tuesday for the swift reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Published November 30, 2010

Daily HIV pill use yields strong results

Men who faithfully take a daily pill that contains drugs to treat HIV can reduce their risk of catching the deadly virus by up to 73 percent, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Tuesday. Published November 23, 2010

U.S. not close to STD goals, CDC reports

The U.S. gonorrhea rate fell to a record low in 2009, but the syphilis rate notched up again and the chlamydia rate reached a historic high, the federal government said in its annual report on sexually transmitted diseases. Published November 22, 2010

Changes in family trends raise qualms

Americans are "suspended between acceptance and unease" about the many changes in family trends, says a new report based on the views of nearly 2,700 people. Published November 18, 2010

Caffeine-laced alcoholic drink marketers warned

Four marketers of popular caffeinated, high-alcohol drinks have been sent warning letters that these products are not safe and cannot be portrayed as safe, federal officials said Wednesday. Published November 17, 2010

Schumer: Four Loko, similar drinks will be banned

New York's senior senator said Tuesday that high-alcohol, caffeinated beverages such as Four Loko and Joose will soon be banned by the Food and Drug Administration. Published November 16, 2010

WETZSTEIN: Culture war gets Amazonian

If anyone thinks that America's culture war over sex is losing steam, they only need to Google "Amazon.com" and "pedophile" and read the news. Published November 15, 2010

**FILE** In this photo from May 25, 2010, Amazon.com Inc. CEO and founder Jeff Bezos speaks during the company's shareholders meeting in Seattle. (Associated Press)

Amazon.com draws criticism for selling pedophilia book

Child-welfare advocates are still fuming over Amazon.com's online offering of a "guidebook" to being a pedophile by an author who says he wishes to give "that particular sexuality" a more benign face. Published November 11, 2010

Cigarette warnings to be more graphic?

Scenes of a graveyard and the words, "Smoking can kill you," may one day cover the entire top half of a cigarette package if the federal government's new warning label system comes to pass. Published November 10, 2010

Census: Solo households continue to expand

More than one in four American households has only one person in it, reflecting a slow but steady expansion of single living, the Census Bureau reports. Published November 10, 2010

Gays again target DOMA in court

A gay rights legal group has taken a second aim at the federal law that backs the traditional definition of marriage in federal programs and protects states from being forced to recognize other states' gay marriages. Published November 9, 2010

GOP draws religious groups, unaffiliated

In the 2010 contest for House seats, Republicans won stronger support from people in the major religious groups — and even the unaffiliated who usually vote Democratic, an analysis of exit polls show. Published November 4, 2010

Setbacks in House, optimism in states for gay rights

The midterm election was a mixed bag for gay rights advocates as voters elected four new gay-friendly governors but threw out the House's Democratic majority, same-sex supporters in Maine and three Iowa judges who legalized gay marriage. Published November 3, 2010

D.C. tops in gay-male households

The District of Columbia leads the nation in male same-sex households, while Massachusetts is tops in lesbian-led homes, a university-based research center says in a new report. Published November 1, 2010

Mississippi voters can decide 'personhood'

A traditional-values group is jubilant at the renewed likelihood that Mississippi voters — among the most pro-life in the nation — will have a "personhood" measure on their 2011 ballots. Published October 27, 2010