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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein, a Washington Times staff member since 1985, is manager of special sections in The Washington Times' Advertising and Marketing Department.

Previously, she spent 30 years as a Washington Times news reporter, covering national domestic policy, in addition to being a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively on welfare and family issues such as child support enforcement, abstinence and sex education, child welfare, sexually transmitted diseases, marriage, divorce, cohabiting and gay marriage.

She has won several newspaper awards, including 1977 Cub Reporter of the Year and 1983 Heart of New York award, both from the New York Press Club.

Articles by Cheryl Wetzstein

WETZSTEIN: 'Comprehensive' sex ed sought

Since May, when the Obama administration's 2010 budget redirected all abstinence-education funding to a new teen-pregnancy-prevention initiative, there has been cheering in some quarters. Published July 5, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Health of men deserves attention

As this is the day when we pause to honor fathers, perhaps it's time to go beyond slippers and ties and do something meaningful for the men we love. Like prolong their healthy lives. Published June 21, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Celebrating 100 Father's Days

One hundred years ago, a Washington woman listened to a Mother's Day sermon and reflected on how her courageous, selfless father de- Published June 16, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Fatherhood issues remain

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Father's Day, and a big celebration is planned for June 20 at the Lincoln Memorial. I figured it was a good time to ask a local lawyer who is active in family court, child support and gender issues about what he sees facing boys and men at this milestone. Published June 9, 2009

Agency marks 25 years of rescuing kids

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary June 13. Staff writer Cheryl Wetzstein spoke with Ernie Allen, a co-founder of the center and its president and chief executive. Published June 4, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Gay campaign issues agenda

Traditional-values groups have long warned of a "gay agenda." Recently, a group of gay rights supporters released the real deal. Published June 2, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Wraparound care offers safety net

Mental illness can make people feel isolated and alone in their struggles. "Wraparound" support systems can remedy that, starting at a young age, federal and state mental-health experts say. Published May 31, 2009

Calif. high court explains ban on gay marriage

The California Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008 that says only the union of a man and a woman can be called a marriage. The amendment was intended to counteract the court's 2008 landmark ruling In Re Marriage Cases, which legalized gay marriage. Published May 28, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Pro-life shift not surprising

It's rather ironic that as the most pro-choice government in U.S. history settles into its seats, a national poll finds that most Americans are pro-life. Published May 26, 2009

WETZSTEIN: It's not always just about you

Sadly, after 40 years of happy talk about self-esteem, too many people actually believe that when they wear their favorite T-shirts, they really are a "Hottie" or "2 Cool 4 You." Published May 24, 2009

WETZSTEIN: The 'big bucks' of abstinence

Years ago, I talked with an abstinence educator named Molly Kelly. She made an unforgettable observation. "Nobody makes any money on abstinence." Published May 19, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Tell teenagers sex is for adults

In its 2010 budget proposal, the Obama administration defunds two major abstinence-education programs and replaces them with teen-pregnancy prevention programs. Published May 12, 2009

WETZSTEIN: Mother's wisdom strengthens bond

Mother's Day has a relevance in the story of "Jay" and "Betsy," who shared their testimony a few years ago for a study about happy, enduring black marriages. Published May 10, 2009

Falling for narcissism

Regular Americans are developing oversized egos, labeling themselves "hot" and emulating outrageous behaviors, even though it is detrimental to themselves, their families and the culture. Published May 5, 2009