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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

**FILE** Carol Schwartz

Schwartz nixes D.C. elections board seat

One of the District's most popular Republicans has rejected an offer from Mayor Vincent C. Gray to serve on the city's elections board. Published March 15, 2011

**FILE** D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr., Ward 5 Democrat (The Washington Times)

Jobs coming to D.C.; now push is on to train workers

City Hall has a plan: Plug D.C. residents into jobs and careers that will be provided by major economic development projects, and money will again begin to flow into the city's shallow coffers. Published March 13, 2011

Charlie Sheen

SIMMONS: Sheen watchers enable sick man

Through a glass, briefly, Charlie Sheen. I know, I know. Some of you aren't interested, and I can dig it. But here's a guy who is tossing his blessings into the toilet — and his illness is hiding that fact. Published March 10, 2011

Kaya Henderson was named permanent chancellor of D.C. Schools, despite the absence of a national search to replace Michelle A. Rhee. (Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to The Washington Times)

Gray's pick for D.C. schools chief upsets union

D.C. parents and students may never know whether interim schools chief Kaya Henderson faced stiff competition to permanently succeed Michelle A. Rhee as chancellor, but Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Wednesday that she now holds the $275,000-per-year job and the title. Published March 9, 2011

Gray responsible for filling 8 seats on UDC board

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who has to fill eight seats on the 15-member University of the District of Columbia board, is expected to begin filling those vacancies Friday — a move that could redirect the spotlight off university system president Allen Sessoms, who is under fire for questionable travel expenses. Published March 8, 2011

Gray seeks $76 million in D.C. education budget

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray proposed $76 million in new public school spending for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, but future budget cuts are still in the picture. Published March 7, 2011

**FILE** D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Associated Press)

Separate probes for Gray campaign allegations

Within hours of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's saying he takes full responsibility for any administration missteps, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown said Sunday night that he is referring allegations of Gray campaign improprieties to the D.C. Office of the Inspector General. Published March 6, 2011

Sessoms

President of UDC feels heat for travel spending

UDC President Allen Sessoms is in the proverbial hot seat. Students are calling for his ouster, news reports say he spends exorbitant sums on his travels, and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown is demanding straight answers on spending questions. Published March 6, 2011

D.C. bill to allow weddings by notary seen aiding gays

The Marriage Officiant Amendment Act, introduced Tuesday by council members David Catania, Mary Cheh and Jack Evans, would, if passed, permit notaries in D.C. to officiate at civil marriage ceremonies. Published March 1, 2011

**FILE** Kwame R. Brown. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. Council bill to curb SUV abuses

Neither D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray nor City Administrator Allen Y. Lew appears to have lost confidence in the District's public works chief despite a new report that calls "illegal" the leasing or purchase of several dozen SUVs, including one for Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown. Published February 28, 2011

SIMMONS: Bad bargaining and good sports

Imagine a wide world of professional sports with only soccer and hockey. It's unlikely, but possible. But don't dip into your season-ticket stash just yet. Published February 24, 2011

D.C. mayor cautioned on scrapping vouchers

Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman and Susan Collins warned D.C. leaders Wednesday that funding for public schools could be jeopardized if legislation to restore and expand a voucher program for low-income families is rejected. Published February 16, 2011

**FILE** D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Associated Press)

D.C. Council race to test Gray clout

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will get an early test of his political capital in the April 26 special election to fill a City Council vacancy, and members of both parties already say the new mayor is misreading the tea leaves. Published February 10, 2011

SIMMONS: Playing games on D.C. statehood

Well, Dear Readers, the D.C. statehood crowd is at it again. Instead of launching a serious, concerted national effort with arguments that appeal to Americans everywhere, they are back to their old incestuous ways. Published February 10, 2011

D.C. Council head Brown seeks outside help with finances

As D.C. leaders prepare to defend the city's strong credit ratings on Wall Street on Thursday, council Chairman Kwame R. Brown said he wants to bring on a financial adviser to aid lawmakers as they begin work with new Mayor Vincent C. Gray on the city's budget. Published February 8, 2011