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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of Maryland at College Park.

An occasional panelist on Roland Martin's “Washington Watch” and Denise Rolark Barnes' “Let's Talk” weekly news analysis cable-TV programs, Mrs. Simmons has also appeared on BET's “Lead Story,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Mr. Maher's “Politically Incorrect,” “America's Black Forum,” Fox News' “The O'Reilly Factor,” “The Right Side with Armstrong Williams,” C-SPAN's “Washington Journal,” and “This is America with Dennis Wholey.” She also has been a guest radio commentator on NPR, WAMU, WMAL and WOL.

Mrs. Simmons attended the University of the District of Columbia and Trinity College. She and her husband, who live in Washington, have four children and two grandchildren. Contact Mrs. Simmons at


Articles by Deborah Simmons

Out the pedophiles, predators, molesters, pornographers

A devious gadabout, Deonte Carraway, 22, has been arrested by Prince George's County Police and charged with 10 counts of felony child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree sexual offense after pornography was found on his phone, according to court documents released on Tuesday. Published February 9, 2016

D.C. news flash: 'Nothing's going to change'

Vincent Condol Gray, the former mayor, announced Thursday that he is heading back to the campaign trail to run for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat held by Yvette Alexander, another Democrat -- and he could win. Published February 4, 2016

A winning wager on Super Bowl 50

Most of the estimated $4.2 billion being waged on Super Bowl 50 will be illegal. You know the annual rituals: friendly workplace wagers, bets at your favorite sports watering hole and bets between rival teams' mayors and governors. Published February 3, 2016

Paying people not to become criminals, victims

The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval yesterday to legislation that would pay pre-criminals and pre-victims a stipend. The payment would turn on a dime -- more accurately, 90,000 dimes -- because the bill mandates the at-risk participants attend behavior therapy and the like. Published February 2, 2016

Dolly Parton comes to D.C.

Dolly Parton -- yes, that Dolly Parton -- knows it takes a lot of imagination growing up in rural Appalachia, as she did. Published February 1, 2016

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Derail the mobs on Metrorail

Those of you who use public transportation haven't had the easiest of times since the blizzard, not that motorists fared any better. Indeed, roadways and neighborhood streets remain bogged down. Still, there's another worrisome and certainly more prevailing issue that lurks among us: Roving bands of unflashed mobs attacking Metro riders. Published January 29, 2016

Fun during the blizzard? Bet on it

Wimps don't want kids to play dodgeball any more, and schools say snowball fights are a no-no. But thanks to the Washington D.C. Snowball Fight Association, you'll be able to release your pent-up anxieties at the group's "Sunday morning rumble in Dupont [Circle]" in Northwest. Published January 21, 2016

Happy birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, a lifetime after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, and decades since the declaration of King's nationally celebrated birthday, it's time for us to do our part. Published January 14, 2016

Make D.C. a destination. For what?

One of the top priorities of the Greater New York Avenue Gateway Group is to "identify challenges and concerns of the business and community stakeholders and seek changes." Published January 7, 2016

Who said what in the year that was 2015

The newsworthy things people said in 2015 could fill pages of The Washington Times newspaper and then some. There are so many quotes, in fact, the sheer volume might break Al Gore's greatest invention: the Internet. I've selected several notable quotes to refresh your memory, some that you might have missed and a couple on one of my favorite topics, sports. Published December 28, 2015