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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

Several pages on Facebook have been created in memory of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who committed suicide Dec. 28.

Vigils planned for transgender teen after suicide

Transgender and gay rights advocates are calling for vigils to be held this weekend in honor of a teen who committed suicide after his family opposed his desire to transition to a girl. Published January 2, 2015

"Search angels" and Internet sites are helping more and more adoptees locate their biological relatives. (associated press/the daily advance)

DNA genealogy companies help adoptees find their roots

The social worker said no. The judge said no. The local phone books were useless. For decades, no one and nothing could help Sue Warthen find the people who gave birth to her in the mid-1960s. Published December 29, 2014

A bus filled with excited Cubans passes through the Vedado section of Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 17, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations; a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.  (AP Photo/The Key West Citizen, Rob O'Neal)  MIAMI OUT

New U.S.-Cuba policy fuels families' hopes, fears

The Obama administration's Wednesday announcement that U.S.-Cuba relations are to be renewed has sparked hope — and uncertainty — about what it will mean for divided families and the Cuban people. Published December 18, 2014

Less than 3 percent of the U.S. adult population says they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, says a new federal survey of nearly 34,000 people.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Less than 3% of U.S. population LGBT: survey

Less than 3 percent of the adult U.S. population identify as a sexual minority, the federal government says in a new report that asked people about their sexual orientation and health. Published December 17, 2014

A new survey of more than 41,000 U.S. teens finds that more students are using electronic cigarettes than tobacco cigarettes.  (AP Photo / Tim Ireland, PA)

Teens use e-cigs more than tobacco

Teen use of alcohol and cigarettes fell to their lowest level in decades, while use of several drugs, including marijuana, is down or stable, according to the new Monitoring the Future survey. Published December 16, 2014

A bipartisan federal commission that monitors religious freedoms around the world is slated for a one-year renewal. (Illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times)

Religious freedom panel to be extended

A federal commission that monitors attacks on religious freedoms around the world has been renewed in legislation passed by Congress. The bill now goes to President Obama for signing. Published December 15, 2014

E-cigarettes are usually made of metal parts combined with plastic or glass. They heat the liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that quickly dissipates when exhaled. A new Montoring the Future survey says teens are flocking to e-cigarettes. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Study finds teens flocking to e-cigarettes

The burgeoning popularity of electronic cigarettes is prompting public health officials to step up their investigation of how teens are responding to the new tobacco-free products. Published December 15, 2014