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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

Fresh big-money PAC and Vincent Gray on the move

There's a new group of movers and shakers in town, and they call themselves FreshPAC. They are pro-Muriel Bowser and plan to raise $1 million by year's end to back the mayor's agenda. They are a third of the way to their fund-raising goal. Published October 19, 2015

The lid is coming off in Baltimore

Brace yourselves. Baltimore is a pressure cooker, and its lid is ready to blow off. Thank goodness the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Browns in Cleveland on Nov. 30, the day the first of six police officers goes on trial in the death of Freddie Gray. Charm City doesn't need to repeat what happened with the Orioles, who had to lock themselves in and shut the public out of a game because violence and mayhem had erupted. Published October 15, 2015

Are we ready for 6,000 prisoners to return home by Nov. 2?

Most of those 6,000 men and women who are in federal prisons will be sent to halfway houses and other such institutions. But not all of them are "returning citizens." A heads-up to folks who live in a sanctuary city: About one-third of them are noncitizens facing deportation, something else that has made some people nervous Nellies. Published October 8, 2015

Is D.C. using or abusing eminent domain?

It's official: D.C. is exercising or abusing eminent domain in the name of the "public good." The latest "good" deed is on behalf of D.C. United, the Major League Soccer team that grew green with envy after baseball returned to the nation's capital. Published October 1, 2015

Family matters: A global snapshot inspired by Pope Francis

Pope Francis is laying a lot on us during his visit to the United States, and he's not yet done. His remarks in New York at the United Nations shouldn't be cast aside, and we should pay attention to what he espouses as a way forward in Philadelphia at the World Meeting of Families. Published September 24, 2015

Pope Francis, official Washington and the rest of us

We've been told to mind our P's and Q's while Pope Francis is here -- no fist bumps or handshakes, please and thank you -- and to wear our patience on our sleeves, because it's anticipated there will be massive vehicular tie-ups and foot traffic from Tuesday, when he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, until he departs Philadelphia for Rome on Sunday. Published September 21, 2015

The new D.C. sports arena and the Barry factor

Alphonzo Walker and Eric Clark among the 14.1 percent who are unemployed in Ward 8 according to June statistics, live in Congress Heights, and don't see anything positive or substantial about the $55 million sports and entertainment proposal that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and NBA mogul Ted Leonsis announced this week. Published September 17, 2015

Los Angeles: 'Capital of Latin America'

Every city that puts in a bid to hold the Olympics tries to put itself in the best possible light. Los Angeles has outdone itself. Published September 15, 2015

Homeless and the livin' ain't easy

The D.C. homeless problem is once again out of control -- at least that's what the government, experts and poverty pimps tell us. Published September 14, 2015

Baltimore cheat sheet on trial for Freddie Gray

There are several key players in the case of six Baltimore Police officers charged in the death of Freddie Carlos Gray Jr., who was arrested on April 12 and declared dead of a spinal injury on April 19. Published September 10, 2015

Inner city blues: The Democrats' problem

Davon Wade was only 22 years old. Tall, tan and cute as a button, he was minding his own business in his own neighborhood on Friday night, when he was gunned down. Two friends of his were shot, too. Published September 7, 2015

Public safety and public health on collision course

The facts: "The DC Prevention Center reports that K2/Spice or fake weed use among youth has increased significantly since 2008. The average age of a fake weed user in DC is 13 years old." Published September 3, 2015

Bed bugs biting seniors out of affordable house, home

What is being done for seniors who live in affordable but unhealthy housing? The question was brought to me by family and friends of residents in Fort Lincoln, the "New Town" community in Northeast that was conceived during 1960s when Lyndon Johnson was president and is now home to more senior citizens than another other D.C. community. Published August 27, 2015

D.C. officials blasted at Baptist church forum

'The devil is on the loose, and we need to lock it back up." Those words fittingly summed up the cultural earthquake that is rocking the nation's capital, where Official D.C. can't seem to acknowledge the city's problem -- let alone get a handle on it. Published August 20, 2015