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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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., right, walks with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, center, to a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Republican and Democratic lawmakers talked about putting the final touches on a human trafficking bill, and turning their attention to Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama signs human trafficking law

President Obama has signed a popular bill to punish people involved in human trafficking and provide resources to victims. Published June 1, 2015

N.C. governor vetoes gay marriage 'conscience' exemption bill

A North Carolina bill permitting magistrate judge and other officials to "opt out" of marriage duties if they objected to performing ceremonies for same-sex couples passed Thursday. The governor has vetoed it; the measure is back before the lawmakers, who could vote to override the veto. Published May 28, 2015

Adam Crapser, 40, who now has a wife and children including 1-year-old Christal, was adopted from South Korea when he was young, but his adoptive parents neglected to make him a U.S. citizen and re-homed him. (Associated Press)

Adoptees decry re-homing as states move to end practice

Adopted under false pretenses from Ethiopia in 2006, Tarikuwa Lemma was barely acclimated to America when her family "re-homed" her to relatives a few months later. It was "really humiliating," she testified to Maine lawmakers Thursday. Re-homing is "not right, not fair, not safe." Published May 25, 2015

In this May 8, 2015 photo Scott Hogg fishes on Elk Lake, Ore. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks the lake with about 50,000 trout fingerlings each year. (Mark Morical/The Bulletin via AP)

Feds warn swimmers to not swallow lake water

Uncle Sam routinely issues summer warnings about boating safety, wearing sunscreen and not diving into unknown waters. Now the government is adding a recommendation that swimmers not urinate or defecate or drink the water in chlorinated pools and freshwater lakes. Published May 24, 2015

The Spider-Man balloon floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

50 movies kids should watch before they turn 12

School is not quite out for most children in elementary school, but a family-friendly media organization has released a list of 50 of the best movies children should see by age 12. Published May 22, 2015

Lynette McGuinness holds a sign during a rally against human trafficking Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Miami. This event was part of the One Billion Rising for Justice, a worldwide event by supporters demanding the arrest of those who participate in domestic violence and human trafficking. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Human trafficking bill goes to Obama

A bill to help victims of human trafficking and boost law enforcement against the "modern-day slavery" passed the House Tuesday. Published May 19, 2015

"A primary way to fight child trafficking is to fight demand created by sex tourists," said Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican. Data show that "registered sex offenders are traveling disproportionately to countries where children are trafficked for sex," he said, adding that a "deeply disturbing" 2010 Government Accountability Office report found that at least 4,500 U.S. passports were issued to registered sex offenders in 2008.

Victim presses Congress to fight child sex trafficking

A young Mexican woman -- who said she had "no other identity" beyond that of a sex object until she was rescued from a sex-trafficking gang -- urged Congress to do much more to stop this growing criminal enterprise. Published May 14, 2015