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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

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

Vincent Gray keeps fingers on triggers of 2 six shooters

Ready, aim, but don't fire? Vincent C. Gray, 72, has resigned, albeit unofficially. He gave his farewell address the other night, and media and supporters got a copy of his accomplishments. Published December 18, 2014

The Bible is a textbook, saving grace

Have you been to a funeral lately? A funeral where the assembled start reaching into their jacket pockets and purses? Grabbing their cellphones? Looking up and down the pews? Published December 11, 2014

Racial differences are good, good character even better

Let's get something straight: Not all race agitators are black. The people agitating for comprehensive immigration reform and marijuana reform, a war against the Islamic State and against education reform are not all black. The people agitating for justice reform are not all black. Published December 1, 2014

As a D.C. Council member representing Ward 8, Marion Barry represented the city's most downtrodden and least-educated residents. (The Washington Times)

Marion Barry: A deal-maker who championed home rule

Marion Barry, 78, collapsed shortly after midnight Sunday, and before the clock struck 2 a.m., he was pronounced dead. Some might say that heaven and hell prepared a place for him, as he often was at odds with other Democrats and liberals and the D.C. business community that was used to running the city. Published November 23, 2014

Mayor Marion Barry arrives at a meeting of the Financial Control Board at the headquarters on Thomas Circle in Northwest on June 10, 1996. (Kevin T. Gilbert/The Washington Times)

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78, leaves complicated legacy

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who rose from the sharecroppers' shacks of Itta Bena, Mississippi, to the executive suite of the District's City Hall and overcame an embarrassing public drug arrest while in office to return as D.C. mayor and council member, died early Sunday. He was 78. Published November 23, 2014

Obama moving too fast if immigration system is broken

President Obama wants to exercise his questionable executive prerogatives by unilaterally giving more than 5 million undocumented and illegal immigrants the right to stay here without fact-checking. Published November 20, 2014