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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

Education the Jack Kent Cooke way

Whether Jack Kent Cooke would have handled contract talks with Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the way Dan Snyder did is inconsequential at this juncture. Published July 17, 2017

Why Metro has money, governance on its mind

The board of the regional mass transit agency known as Metro is finally getting around to what matters, now that safety and maintenance concerns are being routinely tending to -- reforming itself from within and ginning up ways to generate new revenue streams without opening the floodgates to the naming rights maze. Published July 13, 2017

Martinsville is for opioid prescription lovers

Welcome to Martinsville, Virginia -- NASCAR charter member and home of the Martinsville Speedway paper clip turn that clipped Jeff Gordon, and which Hall of Famer Wendell Scott called his hometown raceway. Published July 12, 2017

Grave marker for Mammy Kate, who rescued her master, Stephen Heard after the British had set his execution.

Women and the Declaration of Independence

When it comes men and America's independence, many of the ancestors' names and storied lives can easily roll off the tongue. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were two of our first three presidents, and died as frenemies just hours apart on July 4, 1826. Maryland's Charles Carroll, the wealthiest man in the colonies, was a Roman Catholic and a staunch believer of freedom of religion, also signed the Declaration of Independence. Published July 3, 2017

Hogan puts schools probe on right track

Maryland's probe into whether Prince George's County administrators, teachers and others changed students' grades and credits to boost graduation rates is no small undertaking. Published June 26, 2017

Photojournalist Shay Horse said he was pepper-sprayed while covering protests at the Jan. 21 presidential inauguration, even though his camera identified him as a journalist. (Sarah Nelson / The Washington Times)

Is ACLU lawsuit against D.C. cops a red herring?

"An officer told us to drop our pants," Shay Horse said. "An officer went down the row telling each of us not to flinch as he grabbed our balls and yanked on them, and then stuck his finger up each of our anuses and wiggled it around. I felt like they were using molestation and rape as punishment." Published June 22, 2017

Nudity at the beach. Quelle horreur!

The trusty Old Farmers Almanac says June 20 is the day those of us in the Northern Hemisphere can officially celebrate the arrival of summer. Published June 15, 2017

Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, James Hodgkinson

What happened at an Alexandria ballpark on Wednesday does not bode well for a 32-year-old man being held at Red Onion State Prison in Wise County, Virginia. Published June 14, 2017

D.C. Whole Foods fights rodents and landlord

Since March, the Whole Foods store on Wisconsin Ave. NW has been closed while battling rodents and other vermin, trying to comply with multiple D.C. health code violations and inspections. Published June 13, 2017