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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 jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

A still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants shows journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. An Internet video purporting to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Sotloff by the Islamic State group was posted online Tuesday, a beheading described as retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. (AP Photo, File)

Al-Jazeera retracts story doubting Foley, Sotloff beheadings

Al-Jazeera has retracted a controversial story it published last week that questioned the authenticity of the videos that showed the execution of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, chalking it up to a "Hollywood" fabrication to provoke war. Published September 7, 2014

FILE - This Oct. 5, 2009 file photo shows Joan Rivers posing as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France. In October 1986, Rivers made TV history as the first woman hosting a late-night broadcast talk show. She was the first face of the Fox network, headlining its first program, "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers."  (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

NYPD now investigating Joan Rivers' death

The New York Police Department is now investigating the death of comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away on Thursday after reportedly suffering cardiac arrest during a routine surgical procedure the previous week. Published September 7, 2014

FILE - In this Friday, June 27, 2014 file photo, Saudi King Abdullah speaks before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at his private residence in the Red Sea city of in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi state media carried comments by the King early Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 made on Friday to foreign ambassadors where he warned that terrorist groups will attack Europe and the United States unless they are faced with collective "power and speed" from the international community. While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, Abdullah's comments come as the Islamic State group has seized wide swaths of land across Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool, File)

Saudi Arabia launches northern border fence project

Saudi Arabia has announced that it is building a multilayered fence along its northern borders, as part of efforts to secure the kingdom from infiltrators and smugglers, state media said. Published September 7, 2014

Former Navy SEAL Christopher Mark Heben recovers in a hospital after allegedly being shot in the stomach by assailants in Ohio. (Facebook)

Former Navy SEAL lied about getting shot at mall: police

Ohio police say they have "overwhelming evidence" to prove a former Navy SEAL turned prominent TV personality lied when he claimed he was shot during a fight with three black men outside of a Bath shopping plaza. Published September 4, 2014

FILE - In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York. Rivers died Thursday, Sept. 4, at 81. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure late last month. She was 81. Published September 4, 2014

**FILE** In this photo made Thursday, June 26, 2014, a customer douses her french fries with ketchup at the concession stand before the start of the movies at the Saco Drive-In in Saco, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Florida burger joint bans ketchup

A Florida restaurant owner is defending his decision to ban one of America's favorite condiments from customers over the age of 10, arguing that his burgers are fine just the way they are. Published September 4, 2014