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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

The politics of homelessness

It is not against the law to be homeless, yet the way the Bowser administration is approaching the homeless problem is (practically) criminal. On Wednesday night homeless people living in about 20 tents near the Kennedy Center were put on notice: By 2 p.m. Friday, you have to skedaddle. Published November 19, 2015

What's the ROI of D.C.-China ties?

This weekend, while many of us will be glued to a TV or mobile device for college football or tending to a "honey-do" list as fall settles in, 40 inside-the-Beltway leaders are heading to China. Published November 5, 2015

D.C. raises test bar, sets students up to fail

Teach students what they need to know, because what they need to know will be on a test, and it might help them get a job down the road. D.C. and Maryland officials released the results Tuesday of the new standardized test that is tied to the Common Core standards, and they said the low scores are a reality check. Published October 27, 2015

Fresh big-money PAC and Vincent Gray on the move

There's a new group of movers and shakers in town, and they call themselves FreshPAC. They are pro-Muriel Bowser and plan to raise $1 million by year's end to back the mayor's agenda. They are a third of the way to their fund-raising goal. Published October 19, 2015

The lid is coming off in Baltimore

Brace yourselves. Baltimore is a pressure cooker, and its lid is ready to blow off. Thank goodness the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Browns in Cleveland on Nov. 30, the day the first of six police officers goes on trial in the death of Freddie Gray. Charm City doesn't need to repeat what happened with the Orioles, who had to lock themselves in and shut the public out of a game because violence and mayhem had erupted. Published October 15, 2015

Are we ready for 6,000 prisoners to return home by Nov. 2?

Most of those 6,000 men and women who are in federal prisons will be sent to halfway houses and other such institutions. But not all of them are "returning citizens." A heads-up to folks who live in a sanctuary city: About one-third of them are noncitizens facing deportation, something else that has made some people nervous Nellies. Published October 8, 2015

Is D.C. using or abusing eminent domain?

It's official: D.C. is exercising or abusing eminent domain in the name of the "public good." The latest "good" deed is on behalf of D.C. United, the Major League Soccer team that grew green with envy after baseball returned to the nation's capital. Published October 1, 2015

Family matters: A global snapshot inspired by Pope Francis

Pope Francis is laying a lot on us during his visit to the United States, and he's not yet done. His remarks in New York at the United Nations shouldn't be cast aside, and we should pay attention to what he espouses as a way forward in Philadelphia at the World Meeting of Families. Published September 24, 2015