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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

SIMMONS: Boys want missing mom home for Christmas

Richard and U'Andre Harris haven't felt their mother's hugs for more than 22 months. She hasn't called home to inquire about them or sent mysterious birthday cards. That's because their mother, Unique Harris, has seemingly vanished without a trace. Published December 19, 2012

SIMMONS: In the dark is nowhere to be about crime information

The city is experiencing lower homicide rates, as officials recently announced, and that is truly good news (and let's pray it continues). Gathering, disseminating and sharing accurate daily, weekly, monthly and yearly crime information equals credibility. As things stand now, the department is blocking the public's view. Published December 5, 2012

**FILE** Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray tosses the coin before the game as Anacostia High School faces Dunbar High School for the 43nd Annual DCIAA Turkey Bowl Varsity Football Championship at Eastern High School in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

SIMMONS: City chips in for Pop Warner teams’ trip

Monique Brown was excited when I broke the good news to her early Wednesday afternoon that the city would help cover travel and hotel accommodations for three Pop Warner teams' trips to Florida. Published November 28, 2012

**FILE** The Washington Monument. (Associated Press)

SIMMONS: 1910 building law for D.C. is height of absurdity today

Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, who chairs the House panel overseeing D.C. affairs, is really onto something that D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and council member Kenyan McDuffie should give considerable attention to. Published November 11, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks to supporters as he campaigns in Lebanon, Ohio, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

SIMMONS: Romney has a persuasive Texas lawyer making his case

It's not easy for this Washington Redskins diehard to pop into Dallas Cowboys territory, but in search of an oft-overlooked perspective on the presidential race, I spoke Wednesday morning with Texas State Rep. Stefani Carter, a Cowboys fan. Published October 17, 2012

SIMMONS: McDuffie wrapping his arms around development

Since winning the race to represent Ward 5 on the D.C. Council five months ago today, Kenyan McDuffie hasn't made headlines as an emerging political personality. That's probably a good thing, considering that some of his most likeable colleagues are in the prosecutorial sightlines of the U.S. attorney and other investigators. Published October 14, 2012