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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

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In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announces the Academy Awards nominations at the 88th Academy Awards nomination ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The film academy is pledging to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three new seats to its board of governors. Isaacs announced the changes Friday, Jan. 22, following a weeklong storm of criticism and calls for an Oscar boycott after academy members nominated an all-white slate of actors for the second year in a row.  (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Film academy votes to double number of 'diverse members' by 2020

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Thursday night to approve significant measures to increase the diversity of its membership, announcing a goal to double the number of women and "diverse members" of the Academy by 2020. Published January 22, 2016