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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: Closing all city schools is the only remedy

This column reflects major attitude today, and if you don't want to read it, go ahead and flip the page. Or, if you're on the Internet, scroll elsewhere on The Washington Times site. Published February 22, 2012

SIMMONS: Obama won't 'vouch' for D.C. students

Shame on President Obama for turning underprivileged children into pawns — again — and during an election year, no less, as he stands on the cusp of history — again. Published February 19, 2012

SIMMONS: A brief look at the 'real' Whitney Houston

Whether you liked her music, hated the fact that America's first black "girl next door" married bad-boy Bobby Brown or remain one of few people old enough to get an AARP card and can sincerely say "Whitney who?" there's no getting around the truth: The lime-lighted life of Whitney Elizabeth Houston has many teachable moments. Published February 18, 2012

SIMMONS: Day lets loose inner Newt

In an interview on Saturday, Tim Day, the only Republican vying to replace Harry Thomas Jr. on the D.C. Council, won't go on the record and delve into mayoral recall territory or talk trash about the two dozen other contenders vying for the Ward 5 council seat. Published February 12, 2012

SIMMONS: HIV/AIDS and illiteracy are a deadly duo

As we try to straighten the tangled web we have weaved around the HIV/AIDS crisis, the nation's capital is gearing up for a very special confab this summer, the 2012 International AIDS Conference, just as a cultural battle brews anew in America. Published February 8, 2012

SIMMONS: Cosby story on schooling a real lesson

Bill Cosby, one of America's original kings of comedy, is saying precisely what President Obama should have said Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. Published January 25, 2012

SIMMONS: Mayor's plan discriminates against charter students

The academic success of D.C. youths will be on the line Tuesday morning, when the D.C. Council is scheduled to take up the mayor's request for a supplemental budget that would add $25 million to traditional public school coffers. Published January 23, 2012

SIMMONS: U.S. mayors hold the key to key issues

With the U.S. Conference of Mayors scheduled to hold its annual confab in the nation's capital this week, domestic issues finally will begin to get the attention they deserve. Published January 15, 2012

SIMMONS: Residents' voices being heard on medical pot sites

Long before Harry Thomas Jr. tendered his resignation as Ward 5 D.C. Council member, his constituents began expressing serious opposition to the possibility that medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries would be dumped in their ward. And now that Thomas is officially off the dais, their concerns are bearing down on other lawmakers who support reefer madness. Published January 11, 2012

** FILE ** D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (The Washington Times)

D.C. Council member Thomas resigns, will plead guilty

Embattled D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. on Thursday evening resigned from office and said he will plead guilty in the morning to two federal charges of stealing more than $350,000 in taxpayer funds and failing to report income on his tax returns. Published January 5, 2012

SIMMONS: Under Gray, cash spigot keeps flowing

One year ago today, Vincent C. Gray strode onto a stage at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, put hand to Bible and promised to deliver D.C. residents to a land of fiscal responsibility. Residents cheered him on. Published January 1, 2012