Skip to content

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

Vultures are circling the Confederate flag again

The vultures are circling. As soon as it became clear that Dylann Storm Roof was going to be charged with killing people inside a house of worship, the cries went out. Take down that dang Confederate flag that flies on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol. Published June 22, 2015

The many faces of Rachel Dolezal

Come on Howard University. Does it matter if you're black or white? Has Howard really been discriminating again pregnant women? Pregnant white women? Published June 15, 2015

D.C. soccer stadium and its endgame

Did you read the news the other day? The D.C. United soccer team is going to stay in the District because the city -- i.e. taxpayers and other stakeholders -- are going to foot the bill. Now read the headline you were kept in the dark about: The soccer deal isn't about soccer or soccer fans. Published June 11, 2015

(AP Photo)

Summer jobs and the livin' still ain't easy

Youths and parents can become dependent on the stipends, for food and other necessities, for sure. In too many circumstances, though, youths and parents become dependent on the money to buy school clothes, spend recklessly on summer fun they otherwise could not afford, and still fall way short of helping "them jump-start their lives." Published June 8, 2015

Wal-Mart doubles down on Sam's Club, consumers

Thanks to home-shopping networks like QVC, HSN and EVINE Live (once also known as ShopNBC) guys and gals are purchasing Kansas City steaks, Maine Lobster and those juicy Honeybells without the benefit "taste-vision." Similar consumer habits are reflecting the convenient — and highly profitable — reality of today's retail food market, which is re-reinventing itself by also transporting consumers back farther into the future. Published June 4, 2015

Panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Today marks her first birthday and the the zoo is marking the event with a traditional 'Zhuazhou' ceremony, a Chinese birthday tradition symbolizing long life to mark the event. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Memorial Day activities in D.C. off the beaten path

It's practically unthinkable to mention Memorial Day in the same sentence as Washington, D.C., without undertaking the monumental task of listing the holiday's sights and sounds along the Mall and other historical paths. Published May 21, 2015

Military women deserve more than an afterthought

Americans everywhere over the next several days will be honoring U.S. military men and women whose sworn duty is to help keep us safe. Most of the honorees will be men, because women are an afterthought. Published May 21, 2015

Football wives: Emma Dockery teams up to make a difference

Emma Dockery doesn't fit the mold for casting on reality shows like "Football Wives." She rolled up her sleeves and used her personal experiences growing up in a military family, being a wife to former Redskins guard Derrick Dockery and a mom to start Yellow Ribbons United, an organization that comes to the aid of members of the armed forces, their families and their children -- especially their children. Published May 18, 2015

Mother's Day tribute, every day thoughts

"A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done." So goes an adage by old Anonymous, and how appropriate it is amid recent turmoil around the globe. Published May 7, 2015

Martin O'Malley's Baltimore needs a change of venue

On Sunday, the Democratic mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, talked about her city returning to "normal" because people were prancing around parts of Charm City as if Martha and the Vandellas had declared "summer's here and the time is right for dancin' in the street." She also announced that the emergency curfew would be lifted. Published May 4, 2015

The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, shakes hands with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as she prepares to speak at a summit to address issues surrounding the death Freddie Gray and its aftermath at New Shiloh Baptist Church, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore. Police completed their investigation into the death of  Gray a day earlier than planned Thursday and delivered it to the chief prosecutor in Baltimore, who pleaded for patience and peace while she decides whether to bring charges.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore riots over Freddie Gray spread Al Sharpton's message

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake addressed the media Thursday, as has been customary since all hell broke loose Monday night. One of the most "powerful" women in the state of Maryland, she has been telling us that the pictures we see and the words we read about her hometown don't always present a clear, focused picture. Well, of course that's not true. Published April 30, 2015

A boy throws a brick at police, Monday, April 27, 2015, during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore: Black life, riots on the streets

There's much to be concerned and frightened about in Baltimore following a prayerful Sunday and funeral Monday, when Baltimore police warned law enforcers that the Crips, Bloods and Black Guerrilla Family are joining forces to "take out" police officers. Published April 27, 2015