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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

Food Network star Paula Deen (Associated Press)

Paula Deen turns down 'Dancing with the Stars'

Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen has turned down a chance to compete on the 17th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," reported Wednesday. Published August 8, 2013

Brandie Redell has filed a lawsuit against police who were caught on camera beating her during an arrest. (Image: WQAD Channel 8)

Store video at center of police brutality probe in Iowa

An Iowa woman is seeking a federal civil rights lawsuit against Davenport police after surveillance footage showed her being brutally beaten by an officer while being questioned for shoplifting. Published August 8, 2013

Donald Salvesen, who watched a marriage proposal rejection in front of a stadium of people at a minor league baseball game in New Britain, Conn., tweeted, "At the #rockcats game and we witnessed a rejected, on field marriage proposal. The crowd gasped, the players were laughing as the girl ran off humiliated. Very bizarre moment." The proposal was later revealed to be a hoax by the team. (YouTube)

Minor league baseball team admits marriage proposal hoax

The New Britain Rock Cats minor league team admitted Wednesday that it had two employees pretend to be a couple taking part in a trivia contest Friday where a marriage proposal went horribly wrong. Published August 7, 2013