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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 dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.

 

Articles by Deborah Simmons

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

SIMMONS: Put your money where your mouth is

Ambitious politicians everywhere often say one thing but do another, including in Washington, D.C., where the mayor and 13 lawmakers toy as they please with the strings attached to every dollar that makes its way into the coffers. Published May 18, 2011

SIMMONS: Education should start at home

It's that time of year again, when attention turns to high school proms, caps and gowns, diplomas and other unforgettable Kodak moments. Published May 11, 2011

SIMMONS: Tax-spend not dead in District

Pay attention fiscal conservatives and members of the tea party: A new poll lends heft to the script written by tax-and-spenders, including D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Published May 8, 2011

SIMMONS: Face it- Some young offenders won't reform

It's put-up-or-shut-up time for Jim Graham, the Democratic lawmaker who today will lead his merry band of softhearted, progressive lawmakers in grilling the director of the troubled D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), whose policies mock Lady Justice's symbols of impartiality, power and the act of balancing law and order. Published May 4, 2011

SIMMONS: Debunking the big lie on D.C. voucher history

If you want to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth on D.C. vouchers, don't listen to the liberals, who are so desperate to contradict conservatives and true proponents of school choice that lying has become their very convenient truth. Published April 24, 2011

SIMMONS: Kwame Brown on the hot seat

Chairman Kwame R. Brown has said that the D.C. Council is no "rubber stamp" for Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Well, now begins Mr. Brown's chance to prove he isn't playing Stan Laurel to the mayor's Oliver Hardy. Published April 17, 2011