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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: 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

WETZSTEIN: Fewer children underweight

If you are one of the millions of unsung heroes who work and volunteer at feeding programs, food banks and soup kitchens, the federal government has some good news for you. Published July 21, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Young Americans plan to be married

A lot of changes are taking place in America's marriage culture (even without getting into the issue of same-sex unions), but one thing hasn't changed. Americans want to marry. Published July 19, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Child well-being by the numbers

One of the most useful legacies of the Clinton administration stems from its insistence that the federal government regularly compile and publish its most important "numbers" on American children. Published July 14, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Husbands battle porn addiction

Thinking his wife is asleep, a husband quietly gets out of bed and heads downstairs toward the computer. His wife, who is wide awake, rises, puts on her robe and follows him. Published July 12, 2009

Danger signs point to adultery

The recent scandals of Sen. John Ensign of Nevada and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, both Republicans, have put adultery back on the front pages. But these affairs look very familiar to Dave Carder, a California pastor and psychologist who has studied adultery prevention and recovery for more than 30 years. Published July 8, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Sanford affair all too familiar

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's confession about his adulterous relationship has set tongues wagging, with people wondering whether he is mentally unstable or emotionally obtuse. His recent declaration that his Argentine paramour was his "soul mate," but that he would try to reconcile with his wife, just fueled the media firestorm. Published July 7, 2009

WETZSTEIN: 'Comprehensive' sex ed sought

Since May, when the Obama administration's 2010 budget redirected all abstinence-education funding to a new teen-pregnancy-prevention initiative, there has been cheering in some quarters. Published July 5, 2009