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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

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

** FILE ** In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Missouri's All-American defensive end Michael Sam claps during the Cotton Bowl trophy presentation at halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Missouri and Tennessee in Columbia, Mo. Sam was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

Michael Sam: I should have been drafted sooner

The NFL's first openly gay player, Michael Sam, stopped just short Sunday of saying his sexuality is the reason he was the seventh-to-last pick in this year's draft. Published May 12, 2014

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul address attendees during the Republican National Committee spring meeting at the Peabody hotel in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday, May 9, 2014.  Paul urged members to rethink policies on national security and drug prosecutions (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, William DeShazer)

Sen. Paul: 'Show us the drone memos'

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul penned an op-ed in The New York Times Sunday, demanding President Obama to release legal memos that justified drone strikes on U.S. citizens overseas — memos that were reportedly written or signed by the president's newest nominee to a federal appeals court. Published May 12, 2014

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during an event hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Chicago. Hagel's speech is his third on new strategic priorities as the armed forces pivot from a 13-year war footing and come under enormous budgetary constraints. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Hagel: Military should 'continually' review transgender ban

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that the policy prohibiting transgender people from serving in the military "continually should be reviewed," though he didn't say whether he supported its reversal. Published May 11, 2014

** FILE * This April 24, 2012 photo shows NBC's Ann Curry at the TIME 100 gala at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York. Curry made her first return to NBC's "Today" show on Thursday to introduce a filmed report on a still photographer at the London Olympics. She lost her job as Matt Lauer's co-anchor in June and was replaced by Savannah Guthrie. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

Boy Scouts rescue NBC News anchor Ann Curry

A group of New Jersey Boy Scouts helped rescue NBC News' Ann Curry after she fell and broke her ankle while hiking in New York, the journalist confirmed. Published May 11, 2014

Rep. Duncan Hunter (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rep. Duncan Hunter fights for soldiers' right to smoke

Rep. Duncan Hunter is fighting for soldiers' right to smoke by offering an amendment that would stop the Pentagon's plans to ban tobacco sales on base, the Washington Free Beacon first reported. Published May 8, 2014

The South Lawn of the White House in Washington is pictured on April 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House on lockdown for second time this week

The White House is on lockdown for the second time this week after two items were thrown over the north fence and the south fence at the same time, the Secret Service said Thursday. Published May 8, 2014