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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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Dordt College, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Sioux Center, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

'Newtown' film director slams 'insensitivity' of Donald Trump

Film director Kim Snyder, whose film "Newtown" debuted Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, said Donald Trump's recent remarks that he could "shoot somebody" and not lose political support was an "insult" to communities like Newtown, Connecticut. Published January 26, 2016

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld weighed in on the presidential race Monday, saying it's clear that GOP front-runner Donald Trump has stirred something in the American people, causing them to "respond in a way that most politicians have not been able to do." (Today)

Donald Rumsfeld: Donald Trump has 'touched a nerve in our country'

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld weighed in on the presidential race Monday, saying it's clear that GOP front-runner Donald Trump has stirred something in the American people, causing them to "respond in a way that most politicians have not been able to do." Published January 26, 2016

Michelle Morrow practices on the shooting range at the Spring Guns and Amo store Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Spring, Texas. President Barack Obama defended his plans to tighten the nation's gun-control restrictions on his own, insisting Monday that the steps he'll announce fall within his legal authority and uphold the constitutional right to own a gun. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Chicago businessman plans city's first gun shop

A man is pitching plans to open Chicago's only gun shop after the city eased restrictions on concealed handguns and arms dealers in 2014 following decades of legal challenges. Published January 25, 2016

In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announces the Academy Awards nominations at the 88th Academy Awards nomination ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The film academy is pledging to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three new seats to its board of governors. Isaacs announced the changes Friday, Jan. 22, following a weeklong storm of criticism and calls for an Oscar boycott after academy members nominated an all-white slate of actors for the second year in a row.  (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Film academy votes to double number of 'diverse members' by 2020

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Thursday night to approve significant measures to increase the diversity of its membership, announcing a goal to double the number of women and "diverse members" of the Academy by 2020. Published January 22, 2016