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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

Artist Bosch Fawstin, left, is presented with a check for 12,500 by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, center, and Pamela Geller, right, during the American Freedom Defense Initiative program at the Curtis Culwell Center on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas. (Gregory Castillo/The Dallas Morning News via AP) ** FILE **

Muhammad art contest winner to be added to SPLC hate list

Bosch Fawstin, a former Muslim who won the Muhammad cartoon contest at the Texas free speech event attacked by two gunmen on Sunday, will soon be added to the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) list of hate groups. Published May 6, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch shakes hands with students before meeting with members of Congress and faith leaders at the University of Baltimore on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Baltimore.  The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating Gray's death for potential civil rights violations. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, Pool)

AG Lynch meets Freddie Gray's family in Baltimore

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other Justice Department leaders took a trip to Baltimore on Tuesday to visit Freddie's Gray's family and other city officials in an effort to improve relations between the community and local police. Published May 5, 2015

South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott speaks with reporters in North Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, after winning the GOP primary with over 90 percent of the vote. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

GOP Sen. Tim Scott 'very open' to criminal justice reforms

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott said Sunday that he and other fellow Republicans, including Rep. Trey Gowdy and Sen. Lindsey Graham, are part of a congressional working group that's eyeing sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system. Published May 4, 2015

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on how a small gyrocopter entered restricted airspace and landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) **FILE**

Capitol Police investigating source of leak on misplaced guns

U.S. Capitol Police said an independent body is investigating the source of a leak to the Roll Call newspaper that cited three separate instances this year when security detail allegedly left loaded guns unattended on the Capitol complex. Published May 4, 2015

Pamela Geller, co-founder and president of Stop Islamization of America, is shown during the American Freedom Defense Initiative program at the Curtis Culwell Center on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas. (Gregory Castillo/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

CAIR blasts Pamela Geller in statement condemning Garland attack

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has condemned Sunday's attack outside a Muhammad drawing contest in Texas, while also blaming the event's organizers for seeking to provoke "mutual hostility and mistrust" in the U.S. Published May 4, 2015