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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

Bed bugs biting seniors out of affordable house, home

What is being done for seniors who live in affordable but unhealthy housing? The question was brought to me by family and friends of residents in Fort Lincoln, the "New Town" community in Northeast that was conceived during 1960s when Lyndon Johnson was president and is now home to more senior citizens than another other D.C. community. Published August 27, 2015

D.C. officials blasted at Baptist church forum

'The devil is on the loose, and we need to lock it back up." Those words fittingly summed up the cultural earthquake that is rocking the nation's capital, where Official D.C. can't seem to acknowledge the city's problem -- let alone get a handle on it. Published August 20, 2015

Facts you need to know about 'school' spending

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that the ninth annual Huntington Bank Backpack Index, which said that parents with three kids in elementary school can expect to spend $1,947 on supplies and extracurricular activities come the new school year. Published August 13, 2015

Metro rail, bus passengers get what they pay for

Whew! Last week proved to be a midsummer's nightmare for the D.C. region's chief mass transit agency and daily commuters who use it. While the colorful maze of current and future rail routes gives the appearance of thoughtful deliberations, the reaction to rail mishaps, including derailments and power outrages, means something is terribly wrong. Published August 10, 2015

Public school buses. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Wake up, don't ring bell for later school start times

The feds are at it again, donning their nanny uniforms. They do it far too often, telling us what to eat, which light bulbs to use and, for all practical purposes, outlawing top-loading washing machines. Published August 6, 2015

Back to school for military kids is not always an easy time

Back to school. For teachers, those three words can bring shouts of hip-hip-hooray, because it means continued employment. For students and parents, those words can bring dread and anxiety -- especially so if the students and the parents are military families. Published August 3, 2015

Sound the alarm on heroin and problematic rhetoric

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday unveiled a strategy to combat heroin overdoses, a problem that isn't confined to Charm City or the state of Maryland. Published July 13, 2015

Hullabaloo over Donald Trump isn't PC

The mini-Cain-raiser stems from the fact that The Donald, a non-Hispanic, spoke his truth about the Mexican government, border crossers, illegal immigration and how America has become as soft as a worn-out La-Z-Boy. The PC crowds want to publicly crucify Mr. Trump, nail him to a stake in Freedom Plaza for all to see. Published July 9, 2015

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