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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

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

SIMMONS: Re-education of humanity and the PC crowd

There appears to be a secret list: a list of PC unspeakables that determine whether the Thought Police will give you a nod and open the gates or whether the Thought Police will roll out the list and ask you to step out of line while pointing toward the pearlized gates. Published July 28, 2014

SIMMONS: What happened in Vegas can't stay in Vegas

Take out your fingers, D.C. residents, and wag them at D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander for lining the pockets of MGM Resorts International, which plans to open a hotel/casino on the same turf where the Redskins play — and it ain't named Washington. Published July 24, 2014

This photo provided by Archie Comics shows the cover of the comic book, "Life with Archie," issue 36. Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend. The famous freckle-faced comic book icon will die in the July 16, 2014 installment of "Life with Archie" while intervening in the assassination of Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character. (AP Photo/Archie Comics)

SIMMONS: Archie Andrews saves the gay

Say it isn't so. We are told that Archie Andrews, the freckled teen of Riverdale who was "born" in 1941, meets his demise on Wednesday — mortally wounded but saving the life of his gay friend, a married veteran. Published July 15, 2014

SIMMONS: Political rebranding, new and shiny

The Republican Party, conservatives and even moderates were all atwitter in 2012 after Barack Obama learned he wouldn't have to fill out a change-of-address form: Published July 10, 2014

A presidential vehicle, parked outside the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, sports Washington's "Taxation Without Representation" license plate. The White House has said that President Barack Obama's official vehicles will begin using the symbolic license plates during the inauguration this weekend.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

SIMMONS: A hearty Happy Birthday, D.C.-style!

Dear Mr. Mayor: Quicker than the words "No Taxation Without Representation" can roll off the tongue, a new mayor will be sworn in to take your place in the nation's capital. Published July 7, 2014

SIMMONS: Immigration border crossings are a setup

The illegal immigration crisis isn't going away anytime soon, even if President Obama gets his wish and gets his hands on an additional $2 billion to stem the crisis. The crisis, we're told, started back in others' homelands, and that is where it must be abated. Published July 7, 2014

SIMMONS: Lame duck D.C. mayor quacks up

Now a lame duck, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is going back to the drawing board with various projects in the poorest of the District's eight wards where jobs, financial insecurity and poor-quality schools are the norm. Published June 30, 2014

SIMMONS: Washington's witty 'Ear'

Diana McLellan died Wednesday. Most Washingtonians did not know her by name, and to many of those who did, she was simply "The Ear," the writer extraordinaire who gave respect to what otherwise would have been tagged as tabloid journalism or yellow journalism. Published June 26, 2014

SIMMONS: Sticks, stones, 'Skins

On Monday, President Obama tiptoed again where the springtime tulips used to bloom, laying out his executive prescription plan for working parents that takes the pressure off mommies to make the tough calls. Published June 23, 2014

SIMMONS: Border children reflect new nanny state

What in hell is going to happen to the children? The media were escorted in, and by now you've seen the pictures and read the stories about the border children — the thousands of young people who are pouring across our southern border. Published June 19, 2014