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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 [email protected].

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest (standing) poses with judges (from left) Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker)

'American Idol' axing all four judges: Source

None of the four judges on Fox's "American Idol" will be asked to return for Season 13, an individual with knowledge of the network's plans told TheWrap. Published May 9, 2013

Thomas Rabe, right, places a wedding ring on Robert Coffman's finger during a marriage ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

Education Dept. eliminates 'father,' 'mother' from student aid forms

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that beginning with the 2014-2015 federal student aid form, the Department will — for the first time — collect income "from a dependent student's legal parents regardless of the parents' marital status or gender, if those parents live together." Published May 9, 2013

Petty Officer 1st Class Michael J. Strange, 25, was assigned to the Navy SEAL team whose Chinook helicopter was shot down Aug. 6 by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Report: Muslim cleric invited to pray over fallen SEALs damns them during service

The families of Navy SEALs killed in an August 2011 shoot-down of a helicopter in Afghanistan spoke at a press conference Thursday morning, citing a number of grievances, including an allegation that the Pentagon invited a Muslim cleric who "disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen." Published May 9, 2013

A still from  Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws', which he directed in 1975. (Image: Paramount Pictures)

French honeymooner killed by shark

A French honeymooner was killed by a shark in front of his new wife as he was surfing off the shores of Reunion. Published May 9, 2013

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., holds a hearing about last year's deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Left to right are witnesses Mark Thompson, the State Department's acting deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism, Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, and Eric Nordstrom, the State Department's former regional security officer in Libya. House Republicans insist the Obama administration is covering up information about the attack, rejecting administration assurances to the contrary and stoking a controversy with implications for the 2016 presidential race. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

MSNBC's Chuck Todd calls Benghazi a 'conspiracy theory'

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panel questioned conservatives' motives behind going after the Obama administration so fervently, following the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead. Published May 8, 2013