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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

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

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

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

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine
(Associated Press)

Attorney general must not be a political hack

The U.S. Senate confirmed federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as the 83rd U.S. attorney general Thursday after much yakety-yak about her qualifications and whether she is or will be inclined to become a political hack for President Obama. Published April 23, 2015

Free-range parents deserve a break

Here's what happens when nebby noses poke where they don't belong. A mom and dad in one of America's wealthiest counties are being overscrutinized and threatened with legal action for allowing their children to do what parents have been allowing, indeed encouraging, children to do for generations. Published April 13, 2015

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Beatrice Stevenson Patillo, former D.C. employee, 71

Beatrice Stevenson Patillo, a former employee of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, died peacefully March 30, 2015, at her home in North Carolina. She was 71. Published April 6, 2015

Easter, Passover, Martin Luther King — Jews and gentiles together

You know I can't resist saying something about D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's inaugural spending plan that she released Thursday, but first I want to wax on about the fact that Passover, Easter and the anniversary of the King assassination converge this weekend. Published April 2, 2015

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