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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

Oscar, 'Selma' and 'Scandal'

Hollywood turned its spotlight on America's "birth defect" with 2014's Best Film winner "12 Years a Slave." At the Oscars this Sunday, I'm inclined to suspect it will not do the same with "Selma." Published February 19, 2015

Teachers, au pairs, others need measles shots, too

Parents of babies and young children already know: Germs that float in the classroom don't stay in the classroom. And that's especially the case with viral infections such as the flu, measles, mumps, chicken pox and the like. Published February 16, 2015

Why and how to save the Dorothy Height charter school

The D.C. Public Charter School Board was scheduled Thursday morning to vote on whether to revoke the charter of the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School. The board met but decided to delay its vote until a Feb. 19 meeting. Published February 12, 2015

Give D.C. lawmakers a drug test

The D.C. Council made another wrong move Monday by discussing the pros and cons of the Prohibition of Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Act, which would bar employers from drug testing job applicants and prospective employees. Published February 9, 2015

FILE -  In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dorothy Height, right, National President of the National Council of Negro Women and Director of the center for Racial Justice of the national YWCA, listens as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gestures during his "I Have a Dream" speech as he addresses thousands of civil rights supporters gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C. Height, who as longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women was the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010. She was 98. (AP Photo, File)

Don't close Dorothy Height charter schools

By week's end, an estimated 1,600 children could be school-less because the D.C. Public Charter School Board might vote to close the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter Schools, which has three D.C. campuses. Published February 9, 2015

Super Bowl and sex go together

Take down this phone number or punch it into your cellphone: 1-888-373-7888. It's a round-the-clock, toll-free hotline to the nonprofit group Polaris. It's Super Bowl time in Phoenix, which means be on the lookout for human traffickers, pedophiles, johns and prostitution. Published January 29, 2015

Tony Dungy, Super Bowl winning coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist, seen at the Super Baskets of Hope volunteer event on Monday January 26, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The baskets - filled with games, crafts, toys, books and NFL team merchandise - will be transported by FedEx to more than 20 children's hospitals. (Jason Wise/AP Images for FedEx)

Super Bowl bags, baskets made for sick kids, families

You probably haven't heard about the Super Bowl-related good deeds amid the hype around the New England Patriots' "DeflateGate" and the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, who prefers to let his fashion statements and on-field play speak on his behalf. But there are some super do-gooders in Arizona, too. Published January 29, 2015

Officers cover their badges with a black stripe for Blue Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The Blue Mass is held to pray for those in law enforcement and fire safety, remember those who have fallen, and support those who serve at the beginning of National Police Week.  (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Washington, D.C., by the numbers

About 300 U.S. mayors are expected to gather in the nation's capital on Wednesday to give a synopsis of their take on President Obama's State of the Union address. The timing is perfect. Published January 19, 2015

A firefighter attends people on a bus to assess triage needs after people were evacuated from a smoke filled Metro subway tunnel in Washington. Passengers on a smoke-filled subway train in the nation's capital were still asking when help would arrive 27 minutes after the smoke was first reported, District of Columbia officials said Thursday. One woman died and dozens more were sickened when the train filled with smoke Monday afternoon near a busy station in downtown Washington. The cause of the electrical malfunction that led to the smoke remains under investigation.  (AP Photo)

Inconvenient truths about D.C. Metro

The region's rail/subway/bus system is troubled, and not just because of the deadly problem that resulted from the smoky Yellow Line incident this week. Published January 15, 2015

Education reform has a black eye

It's not always clear whether Arne Duncan is pitching his own educational proposals, tooting union horns or being a political hack for President Obama. Perhaps he's a contrivance of all three. Published January 12, 2015

Former Mayor and current DC City Council member Marion Barry, right, arrives with his son Christopher Barry, at a media availability to endorse Mayor Vincent Gray's bid for re-election, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Associated Press)

Marion Barry back on the ballot

2015. A new year, new Congress, new lineup in the presidential races, new governors and mayors. Published January 5, 2015