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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

A heavily armed police officer stands guard at a Times Square subway station in New York on July 1, 2011. (Associated Press)

NYC transit system to begin sterilizing subway rats

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a pilot program Monday that would aim to curb the growing subway rat problem by sterilizing the animals so they can't reproduce. Published March 13, 2013

America's weight problem is proving a much heftier drag on the economy than previously thought. (Associated Press)

Feds spend $1.5m to study lesbian obesity

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending $1.5 million to study the "high public-health significance" of why 75 percent of lesbian women are obese and gay men are not, CNS News reports. Published March 12, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama shakes hands with then-Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough in the East Room of the White House in Washington, where on Jan. 25, 2013, he announced he will name Mr. McDonough as his next chief of staff. (Associated Press)

CBC slams Obama on lack of diversity among advisers

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge issued a letter Monday that slams the first black president for a lack of diversity among his closest advisers, Roll Call reports. Published March 12, 2013

First lady Michelle Obama walks up to the microphone to speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, to welcome military families during a preview of the White House holiday decorations. The theme for the White House Christmas 2012 is Joy to All. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Michelle Obama to appear on cover of Vogue

First lady Michelle Obama will appear on the cover of Vogue magazine's April edition, which is set to hit the stands in the next week or two. Published March 12, 2013