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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: No-fault law marks its 40th

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the earthquake that rocked the American family. Such an anniversary deserves to be remembered. Published September 22, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Real drawbacks of cohabiting

Among American family trends, it is safe to say gay marriage has dominated headlines. But gay marriage is not the biggest story in family trends. That honor goes to the rise of unmarried cohabiting. Published September 20, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Adult abusers face drug effects

Before summer fades completely, I want to revisit a news item that may have blown by you. It's about how nearly 3 million of our aging baby boomers are still potheads or drug abusers after all these years. Published September 13, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Better ways to boost families

Amid the news of Japan's political leadership change was an interesting item about children. One of the election promises of the Published September 8, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Generation X's rough childhood

The American family was hit hard in the post-Woodstock years, to the point where it could be described as "anti-child." My concern is that our culture is still battering the American family without realizing how deeply wounded it is. Published September 6, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Peeping leads to a dead end

The explicit hotel video of ESPN newscaster Erin Andrews that was put on the Internet this year piqued my interest, but not because of the video. Published September 1, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Choose your wife for happy marriage

Recent news reports seem to confirm the idea that all men are dogs. News like this can breed suspicion, and maybe some of the "good guys" out there are catching flak from wives who suddenly want to know, "Do you still love me?" Published August 30, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Sea of unique in baby names

Here's a celebrity quiz. The following names belong to children of people in celebrity news: Ever, Carys, Emerson, Grier, Sailor, Brooklyn, Zuma, Bronx, Magnus and Ikhyd. Published August 25, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Research suggests fetal emotion

Four-dimensional ultrasound technology and new research suggests strongly that fetal emotion, pain, sight, hearing and even rudimentary, short-term "habituation" or "memory," as reported in a Dutch study. Published August 23, 2009

Expert: Technology fosters voyeurism

In July, a California attorney for ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews said she had been "surreptitiously videotaped" while dressing in her private hotel room. A video of her was uploaded to the Internet; it has since been removed from most sites. Taking such videos is a crime, and Miss Andrews' attorney, Marshall B. Grossman, says she plans to bring civil and criminal charges against the videotaper(s) and anyone who published the material. Published August 18, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Lower child's drug-use risk

Is it back-to-school time for your children? No matter what their ages, if you're an American parent, you are likely to spend at least a few minutes assessing your child's risk for drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Published August 18, 2009

WETZSTEIN: 'Buzz' memories start before birth

Memory research is a high priority, due to interest in aging and Alzheimer's disease. But what does mainstream psychology think about the issue of birth memories? Let's just say they are proceeding gingerly. Published August 16, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Conferees rebut population fears

The World Congress of Families V, an international interreligious and interracial conference on family issues, gets under way Tuesday in Amsterdam. Published August 11, 2009

WETZSTEIN: 'Pure suffering' for OCD patients

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder of "pure suffering" that has many forms, including perfectionism, hoarding and "scrupulosity." Published August 2, 2009