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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

Handgun laws and D.C. distractions

D.C. officials have a tough time trying to comply with the U.S. Constitution when it comes to gun rights. Published October 16, 2014

Stop muddying the Ebola issue

Ebola has not yet been contained, people are dying at a breathtaking clip and nobody has come forward to announce the comforting words, "We are prepared to combat Ebola with a vaccine called ..." The Ebola issue also is being muddied by politics, racial hatred and ethnic bias, and ordinarily respected partisan mouthpieces. Published October 13, 2014

Unarmed police are sitting ducks

David Grosso, a freshman at-large council member, wants members of the Metropolitan Police Department to serve but not protect. He wants to take their guns away, and he wants us to participate in a love-in of the '60s and '70s variety. Mr. Grosso must be having flashbacks from innocently being in the vicinity of second-hand reefer smoke. Published October 9, 2014

SIMMONS: Obama, other out-of-towners enter D.C. mayor's race

The titular head of the national Democratic Party endorsed Muriel Bowser for D.C. mayor Monday, and last week, the Democratic governor of Vermont endorsed one of Ms. Bowser's independent opponents, a former Republican named David Catania. Published October 6, 2014

Ebola: The real life 'Outbreak'

In 1995, Hollywood premiered a film titled "Outbreak," and it was a huge hit, though not the kind of hit that garners Oscars. Published October 2, 2014

SIMMONS: Build a new D.C. soccer stadium, but they all can't come?

Well, residents of the nation's capital are about to begin paying for a new soccer stadium for D.C. United, the pro team. Its proposed neighbors have put together a prenup to this public-private marriage that pretty, which predetermined how much residents will have to toss into the public coffers — $100 million, at least. And the city's denizens won't get that much in return. Published September 29, 2014

New Tech Prep charter raises the bar on STEM

Donald Hense had a vision — make that two visions. The first fortuitously led to the other. The first occurred several years back, when Mr. Hense discovered there were no D.C. license plates in a Northern Virginia parking lot filled with science and technology experts and other professionals. That sight led to vision No. 2: Build a high-tech school for D.C. kids, and they will come. Published September 25, 2014

Thanks, Iyanla, for a new reality on reality TV

Whether you're a fan of "Leave it to Beaver," "The Cosby Show" or "Modern Family," this is a story about a rolling stone and "family man" who gathered no moss. Published September 22, 2014

Hitler, Bush and the not-with-my middle schooler

The Bush-Hitler school flap is one of the best eye-openers since the summer of 2007, when then-new Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee discovered dusty pallet upon dusty pallet of shrink-wrapped textbooks languishing in a warehouse. Published September 11, 2014

Thousands of demonstrators peacefully march down a street along with police from St. Louis County and the Missouri Highway Patrol Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

From Ferguson, something wicked this way came

President Obama gained a few more gray hairs on his noggin the past few days because the closed-mouthed folks in Ferguson, Missouri, ain't saying nothin' about nothin.' Published August 14, 2014