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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

** FILE * This April 24, 2012 photo shows NBC's Ann Curry at the TIME 100 gala at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York. Curry made her first return to NBC's "Today" show on Thursday to introduce a filmed report on a still photographer at the London Olympics. She lost her job as Matt Lauer's co-anchor in June and was replaced by Savannah Guthrie. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

Boy Scouts rescue NBC News anchor Ann Curry

A group of New Jersey Boy Scouts helped rescue NBC News' Ann Curry after she fell and broke her ankle while hiking in New York, the journalist confirmed. Published May 11, 2014

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during an event hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Chicago. Hagel's speech is his third on new strategic priorities as the armed forces pivot from a 13-year war footing and come under enormous budgetary constraints. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Hagel: Military should 'continually' review transgender ban

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that the policy prohibiting transgender people from serving in the military "continually should be reviewed," though he didn't say whether he supported its reversal. Published May 11, 2014

The South Lawn of the White House in Washington is pictured on April 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House on lockdown for second time this week

The White House is on lockdown for the second time this week after two items were thrown over the north fence and the south fence at the same time, the Secret Service said Thursday. Published May 8, 2014

Rep. Duncan Hunter (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rep. Duncan Hunter fights for soldiers' right to smoke

Rep. Duncan Hunter is fighting for soldiers' right to smoke by offering an amendment that would stop the Pentagon's plans to ban tobacco sales on base, the Washington Free Beacon first reported. Published May 8, 2014

** FILE ** Defense lawyer Julie Gatto requests bail for her client, New York City policeman Gilberto Valle (right), in federal Court in New York's Manhattan borough, as depicted in a courtroom sketch from Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)

'Cannibal Cop' is now a cook behind bars

A New York City police officer convicted last year of conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat women — dubbed the "Cannibal Cop" — now works as a cook as he serves out his sentence in jail. Published May 8, 2014

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman addresses a news conference Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the team's headquarters in Renton, Wash. Sherman signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday with the Seahawks, a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Richard Sherman: NFL would not have banned Donald Sterling

The outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman, fell just short of calling the NFL racist, when he suggested during an interview with Time that the league never would have reacted the same way as the NBA did with Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Published May 8, 2014

Fidela Hernandez, 46, uses a washing machine last month after filling it with water, bucket by bucket, in La Pedrera, one of the most impoverished slums in Caracas, Venezuela. The slums have been growing, driven largely by migration of people from depressed rural areas to Caracas. (Associated Press)

Venezuela begins rationing water, electricity

Some 6 million people in Venezuela's capital may have to go three days a week without water after authorities began implementing a rationing plan on Wednesday. Published May 8, 2014