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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

Questioning Betsy DeVos on education: What's next?

Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos is scheduled to be grilled Tuesday by senators as part of the advise and consent process. Let's hope members of the exclusive club ask the all-revealing question: What's next? Published January 16, 2017

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2016 file photo, Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos speaks in Grand Rapids, Mich. Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trumps candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The battle for education reform, Round 1

The first round of the battle for education reform begins Jan. 17, when Betsy DeVos is slated to give her Senate testimony to become secretary of the Department of Education. Published January 12, 2017

Expecting a baby in 2017? Congratulations! Now beef up your savings account. The Agriculture Department says the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually. (Associated Press/File)

Cost of raising a child rises to $233,610

The cost of raising a child born in 2015 to 18 years old is ... drum roll, please ...$233,610. The economic angst, though, may continue. Published January 11, 2017

D.C. fails to secure personal information

Russian hackers and other identity theft trolls needn't cramp their fingers trying to get sensitive personal identifiers of D.C. residents. Published January 9, 2017

Message to the Congressional Black Caucus

"I am true to my own race. I wish to see all done that can be done for their encouragement, to assist them in acquiring property, in becoming intelligent, enlightened, useful, valuable citizens." — Sen. Hiram Revels, the first black to serve in Congress Published January 5, 2017

RFK Stadium (The Washington Times/File)

Washington Redskins need their D.C. mojo back

The 'Skins left their mojo in RFK Stadium in Washington 20 years ago. The coaches haven't a clue as to how to get it back. Dan Snyder knows, and a few federal and D.C. authorities probably do, too. On Jan. 5, others get to open up. Published January 2, 2017

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, waves to media and supporters after a breakfast meeting with Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Non-glitzy inauguration affairs - Chicago

They all should be in Chicago. So very, very glad to know, though, that D.C. will be glammed up once Donald Trump occupies the White House. Published December 28, 2016

In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2004 photo, author Carrie Fisher autographs her new book "The Best Awful" at a promotional event in London. On Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, a publicist said Fisher has died at the age of 60. (AP Photo/John D. McHugh, File)

Carrie Fisher: Quotes from a funny lady

Carrie Fisher, 60, died Tuesday, a few days after being hit with cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles while on her book tour. Published December 27, 2016

Inner voice unveils secret of Merry Christmas

"Merry Christmas." Those two words automatically cross our lips this time of year. When that phrase greeted my "hello" after I answered my phone the other day, however, I knew who the caller was. Published December 15, 2016

Donald Trump's inner-city blues

The mayors of major U.S. cities with substantial black populations have pulled together their lengthy Christmas wish lists, which are not unlike those of their 20th-century predecessors and 21st-century progressive counterparts. In one, two-syllable word their common request is m-o-n-e-y. Published December 12, 2016

Incoming for Antwan Wilson

The D.C. government is scheduled to hold its annual gambling venture on Saturday, when parents will gather their hopes of getting their hands on thousands of jackpot prizes — awards not of cash or gift cards, or even tarot cards or tea leaf readings. Published December 8, 2016

The homeless, human services conundrum

Homelessness should be making headlines again as the brrr! of winter weather inches nearer. Do not be deceived, though. Published December 1, 2016