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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: The political games begin

You've got to give Hillary Clinton credit. She made politics a contact sport - swatting off critics and standing by her man who had been caught with his pants down and, all these years later, winning a hand-wrestling match with Barack Obama. She (and her man, Bill) reluctantly handed over the baton this week. But hand it over she did. The fun at last begins. Published August 29, 2008

SIMMONS: Ralph Nader's losing hand

Mr. Nader pretends to run against the grain of Washington every four years. This election year is no different - except the outsider card that Mr. Nader has repeatedly played has landed in Barack Obama's winning hand. Published June 27, 2008