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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 smokes a cigarette during a break from work in downtown Chicago. (Associated Press)

California bill would raise smoking age to 21

A California Democrat has proposed a bill that would raise the state's minimum smoking age from 18 to 21 in an effort to keep cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers. Published February 1, 2015

'Selma' director addresses Hollywood's 'systemic' diversity issue

"Selma" director Ava DuVernay said Tuesday that she wasn't at all surprised she wasn't nominated for an Oscar for best director and hopes that all the "hoopla" surrounding the supposed snub will shine a light on Hollywood's "systemic" lack of racial diversity. Published January 28, 2015