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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: Education, HIV notions must change

There are false pictures being painted by those in positions of leadership when it comes to the national AIDS/HIV epidemic and the city's educational system. Published August 7, 2011

SIMMONS: D.C. bill would be a 'tragedy' for charters

Charter school advocates are sounding a new alarm: The South Capitol Street Tragedy Memorial Act undermines teaching and learning and could push highly skilled teachers out the schoolhouse door. Published July 20, 2011

SIMMONS: Personal responsibility sorely lacking in D.C.

Whatever happened to personal responsibility? With serious and sundry scandals making several of the District of Columbia's top Democrats look like Charlie Brown's pal Pig Pen, you would think individual Democrats would at least try to clean up their act by working to prevent crime the old-fashioned way. Published July 17, 2011

SIMMONS: Good news on HIV/AIDS can get better

We are seemingly darn close to developing pharmaceuticals that reduced the risk of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, but a bit of discouraging news made headlines this week, too. Published July 13, 2011

SIMMONS: D.C. should have Redskins in the game

The prospects for a collective-bargaining deal between National Football League owners and players that would lead to preseason and regular-season play are growing brighter. Published July 6, 2011

SIMMONS: Who's sailing with Gray on development?

Acknowledging the "natural nexus between education, economic development and jobs," Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Monday unveiled his vision of short- and long-term economic development prospects, which brings to mind the parables and lessons in Mark. Published June 29, 2011

SIMMONS: A disconnect on big issues in the District

While D.C. parents and school-choice proponents were filing into the Renaissance Hotel at Ninth Street and New York Avenue Northwest, D.C. officials were several blocks away at the White House raising Cain about voting rights. Our city leadership was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Published June 26, 2011

SIMMONS: Hearings to shine light on schools

Kwame Brown has made an about-face and announced that the D.C. Council will indeed hear public testimony during confirmation hearings on the schools chancellorship of Kaya Henderson. Published June 12, 2011

SIMMONS: D.C. needs to promote itself big time

A critical part of Vincent C. Grays job as mayor is to effectively market and promote the District and to bring home more than just the bacon, and yesterday he announced that he will lay the groundwork for doing precisely that next week. Published June 1, 2011