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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

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

Darlene Angeli places flowers on the tombstone of her father, World War II veteran Eugen Angeli, who is buried alongside his wife Hazel, at Golden Gate National Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in San Bruno, Calif. The U.S. celebrates Veterans Day Tuesday in honor of those who have served in the nation's military. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Veterans Day: Honor, respect and thanks

America has had a national holiday for veterans since Nov. 11, 1919, in honor of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month a year earlier, when our armistice with Germany to end World War I took effect. Published November 10, 2014

Washington, D.C. Mayor Elect Muriel Bowser meets with Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) at her office on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Midterm genderisms, Muriel Bowser, Sharon Pratt

Whether voters and candidates sport high heels and rouge lips or wear boxers and briefs, gender didn't play a huge role in the midterm congressional elections. Published November 6, 2014

Just vote no on marijuana

On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to take the next giant leap in the pro-marijuana movement by approving ballot measures that call for legalizing recreational use. Published October 30, 2014

Elect candidates who support kids, learning

There is a candidate running for a high office in the nation's capital who wants a "moratorium on school closings and new charter schools." I won't name the candidate because the focus should not be on the candidate, but on the fact that such a stance is anti-children. Published October 23, 2014

Handgun laws and D.C. distractions

D.C. officials have a tough time trying to comply with the U.S. Constitution when it comes to gun rights. Published October 16, 2014

Stop muddying the Ebola issue

Ebola has not yet been contained, people are dying at a breathtaking clip and nobody has come forward to announce the comforting words, "We are prepared to combat Ebola with a vaccine called ..." The Ebola issue also is being muddied by politics, racial hatred and ethnic bias, and ordinarily respected partisan mouthpieces. Published October 13, 2014

Unarmed police are sitting ducks

David Grosso, a freshman at-large council member, wants members of the Metropolitan Police Department to serve but not protect. He wants to take their guns away, and he wants us to participate in a love-in of the '60s and '70s variety. Mr. Grosso must be having flashbacks from innocently being in the vicinity of second-hand reefer smoke. Published October 9, 2014

SIMMONS: Obama, other out-of-towners enter D.C. mayor's race

The titular head of the national Democratic Party endorsed Muriel Bowser for D.C. mayor Monday, and last week, the Democratic governor of Vermont endorsed one of Ms. Bowser's independent opponents, a former Republican named David Catania. Published October 6, 2014

Ebola: The real life 'Outbreak'

In 1995, Hollywood premiered a film titled "Outbreak," and it was a huge hit, though not the kind of hit that garners Oscars. Published October 2, 2014

SIMMONS: Build a new D.C. soccer stadium, but they all can't come?

Well, residents of the nation's capital are about to begin paying for a new soccer stadium for D.C. United, the pro team. Its proposed neighbors have put together a prenup to this public-private marriage that pretty, which predetermined how much residents will have to toss into the public coffers — $100 million, at least. And the city's denizens won't get that much in return. Published September 29, 2014