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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

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks in Manchester, N.H., in this May 10, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

Ben Carson on Charleston shootings: Racism 'still very much alive'

Retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson took to Facebook Thursday to express his condolences to the families of the nine church congregants shot and killed by a deranged gunman in Charleston, South Carolina. Published June 18, 2015

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 30, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Darrell Issa booted from Benghazi deposition: report

Rep. Darrell Issa was reportedly kicked out of Tuesday's closed-door deposition of former Hillary Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Published June 16, 2015

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is greeted by pupils and teachers at Mulberry School for Girls in east London, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Michelle Obama is due to meet with female students in London on Tuesday to encourage them to pursue top educational goals. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Michelle Obama to Muslim girls: 'Your story is my story'

During a trip Tuesday to an all-girls school in London, first lady Michelle Obama told a crowd of young Muslim girls that her struggle as a black woman growing up on the South Side of Chicago is much like theirs. Published June 16, 2015

In this March 2, 2015, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses for a photo in her Spokane, Wash., home. Dolezal resigned Monday, June 15, 2015, amid a furor over racial identity that erupted when her parents came forward to say she has been posing as black for years when she is actually white. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

Rachel Dolezal sued Howard University for race discrimination in 2002

Rachel Dolezal, the NAACP's Spokane, Washington chapter president who resigned Monday amid accusations that she pretended to be black for nearly a decade, reportedly sued Howard University in 2002 for discrimination she allegedly faced as a student at the historically black college. Published June 15, 2015

This Oct. 11, 2014, file photo shows retired basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar addressing the audience during the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP,File)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Let Rachel Dolezal 'be as black as she wants to be'

Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar argued Monday that Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP whose parents outed her as white, "has proven herself a fierce and unrelenting champion" for the black community, regardless of her race. Published June 15, 2015

Jerry Delemus, a 60-year-old former Marine, is planning a "Draw Muhammad" art contest in New Hampshire this August, inspired by Pamela Geller's free speech event last month in Garland, Texas, where two suspected jihadis were fatally shot by police. (WMUR 9)

Former Marine plans 'Draw Muhammad' contest for New Hampshire

A 60-year-old former Marine is planning a "Draw Muhammad" art contest in New Hampshire this August, inspired by Pamela Geller's free speech event last month in Garland, Texas, where two suspected jihadis were fatally shot by police. Published June 15, 2015