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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 woman smoking a cigarette. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Smoker's widow awarded $23.6 billion in punitive damages

A jury has awarded $23.6 billion in punitive damages to a Florida widow who says her husband died because tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds was negligent in informing consumers of the negative health effects of smoking. Published July 20, 2014