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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

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

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

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

The groom is missing after his bachelor party, but that's just the start of problems for buddies Zach Galifianakis (with baby Tyler), Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms in "The Hangover."

Male 'idiotic' behavior deemed legit: study

A theory that says men are more likely than women to do "idiotic" things is supported by an analysis of the Darwin Awards, says a new study in BMJ. Published December 12, 2014

This Aug. 12, 2014, file photo shows a health care worker walking near a Ebola isolation unit wearing protective gear against the virus at Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File) ** FILE **

Ebola-exposed nurse to be admitted to NIH Thursday

The National Institutes of Health said Thursday it expects to admit a nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus in Africa to its special clinical studies unit. Update: Patient was admitted at NIH Clinical Center by 1 p.m. Published December 11, 2014

The birth control pill remains the most common method of female contraception in the U.S.  (Associated Press) **FILE**

Contraceptive use remains level for U.S. women

Contraception use in the United States is stable, with almost two-thirds of the nation's 62 million reproductive-age women using a product or procedure to avoid pregnancy, new federal data say. Published December 11, 2014

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Pornography use affects 'real' relationships

Men who regularly watch pornography are more likely to depend on it to stay aroused but are less likely to enjoy sex with a real-life partner, a new study says. Published December 11, 2014

The 2010 census forms (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) ** FILE **

By 2060 U.S. populace will be larger, grayer

Almost half a century from now, Americans will look a lot grayer as life expectancies reach into the 80s and fewer children are born, new federal data suggest. Published December 10, 2014

A movie is being planned about abortionist Kermit Gosnell, shown here being escorted to police custody after his May 2013 murder convictions for killing newborn babies. The movie producers are seeking additional funds through Indiegogo. (Associated Press/Philadelphia Daily News)

Philadelphia abortion doctor film needs $500K

The producers of a movie about convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell of Philadelphia are seeking another $500,000 from the public to pay salaries and production costs. Published December 9, 2014