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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

Religious liberty: 5 things you should know

The Indiana law, which was fashioned on the federal version, is being called anti-gay and discriminatory against gays, and it has drawn heckles from the likes of NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, ESPN mouth-man Keith Olbermann and former "Star Trek" actor George Takei. The mayor of Seattle wants to prohibit city workers from traveling to Indiana. In light of that and more, here are five things about religion and gay rights that you need to know: Published March 30, 2015

Harry Reid's war against women

Hi, guys. Today's column speaks directly to the gals about the 2016 races for U.S. Senate seats. Published March 26, 2015

Title IX says D.C. Schools need to treat all students equally.

Title IX and what you do not know

D.C. has had to comply with the federal Title IX law, just like the states have. Unfortunately, parents were hoodwinked, and city leaders have not been forthcoming, partly because they shone the spotlight solely on academics. Published March 23, 2015

Urban League delivers good, unsettling news

The National Urban League released on Thursday its annual report, "The State of Black America," and it contains a bit of really good news for black and Hispanic families around the Beltway. Published March 19, 2015

D.C. streetcars travel 2.4 miles along H Street and Benning Road Northeast but do not carry any passengers. (AP)

D.C. streetcars go back and forth to nowhere

After already spending more than $160 million (and millions more for the study and yakkety-yak) to design and construct a street line that runs a mere 2.4 miles, city leaders could scrap the project. And that might not be a bad idea. Published March 12, 2015

What was sister-girl Hillary thinking?

There is a possibility that Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton orchestrated her own derailment. Not that I've seen or heard anyone make such a suggestion. Published March 9, 2015

Oscar, 'Selma' and 'Scandal'

Hollywood turned its spotlight on America's "birth defect" with 2014's Best Film winner "12 Years a Slave." At the Oscars this Sunday, I'm inclined to suspect it will not do the same with "Selma." Published February 19, 2015

Teachers, au pairs, others need measles shots, too

Parents of babies and young children already know: Germs that float in the classroom don't stay in the classroom. And that's especially the case with viral infections such as the flu, measles, mumps, chicken pox and the like. Published February 16, 2015

Why and how to save the Dorothy Height charter school

The D.C. Public Charter School Board was scheduled Thursday morning to vote on whether to revoke the charter of the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School. The board met but decided to delay its vote until a Feb. 19 meeting. Published February 12, 2015

FILE -  In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dorothy Height, right, National President of the National Council of Negro Women and Director of the center for Racial Justice of the national YWCA, listens as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gestures during his "I Have a Dream" speech as he addresses thousands of civil rights supporters gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C. Height, who as longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women was the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010. She was 98. (AP Photo, File)

Don't close Dorothy Height charter schools

By week's end, an estimated 1,600 children could be school-less because the D.C. Public Charter School Board might vote to close the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter Schools, which has three D.C. campuses. Published February 9, 2015

Give D.C. lawmakers a drug test

The D.C. Council made another wrong move Monday by discussing the pros and cons of the Prohibition of Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Act, which would bar employers from drug testing job applicants and prospective employees. Published February 9, 2015