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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

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (AP Photo)

D.C. mayoral election questions likely to linger

Despite the assurances of the top Democratic contenders, D.C. primary voters may go to bed Tuesday night not knowing who will govern them for the next four years. Published September 13, 2010

Vincent C. Gray (left) and Adrian M. Fenty (Associated Press)

D.C. mayoral campaigns target racial divide

Rivals Adrian M. Fenty and Vincent C. Gray haven't agreed on much in the months leading up to Tuesday's D.C. mayoral showdown, but last-ditch get-out-the-vote efforts of both campaigns underscore their common task ahead of the vote: Close the racial divide. Published September 12, 2010

SIMMONS: Haynesworth lesson in not playing nice

Are you ready for some football? Whether your answer is no or in the affirmative, a professional athlete is offering a perfect learning tool for parents whose children play team sports. Published September 9, 2010

Fenty seeks turnabout for backing Obama early

District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is calling in a favor - he wants an endorsement from the other chief executive in town, President Obama. Published September 8, 2010


Fenty puts out feeler to Obama

Mayor Adrian Fenty wants an endorsement from the other chief executive in town, President Barack Obama. Published September 8, 2010

Vincent C. Gray (left) and Adrian M. Fenty (Associated Press)

D.C. mayor race defined by race

The three leading candidates seeking the Democratic Party nod to be the next mayor of Washington are black, yet the issue of race and racial divisions remains an inescapable theme in the campaign as voters prepare for Tuesday's primaries. Published September 7, 2010


Fenty, Gray talk unemployment

Jobs. The one-syllable word remains a central theme in D.C. elections, where two Democrats, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, are vying to remain employed as the employment situation for other residents remains grim. Published September 5, 2010

Groundbreaking begins Howard Theatre's second act

Entertainer and philanthropist Bill Cosby says the Howard Theatre is a gem "in our community's crown," and on Thursday, D.C. officials and well-wishers held a groundbreaking ceremony to restore that jewel of a historic playhouse. Published September 2, 2010

Fenty vows to listen; Gray mum on if Rhee will stay

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Wednesday apologized for his aloof management style, vowing to do better by the city's residents as he tried to use the latest one-on-one debate to cut into the considerable polling lead that D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray is riding into the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. Published September 1, 2010

**FILE** D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty

Fenty ally dismisses fund probe as politics

A staunch ally of D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty defended the activities of his anti-violence group Peaceoholics and its receipt of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds, dismissing a probe by the Office of the D.C. Auditor as an electoral ploy. Published August 31, 2010

**FILE** D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (The Washington Times)

Early voting in D.C. stirs fear over ballot security

As D.C. voters withstood 90-plus-degree temperatures on Monday to be the first in line to cast ballots in the contentious contest for D.C. mayor, some voters are concerned about the scope of election-law changes made this year and the possibility of tampering. Published August 30, 2010

Charter schools finding niches

While many of the first-generation charter schools mimicked their public counterparts in structure and scope, many of the second-generation schools are tailor-made, according to subject matter or populations or moral goals. Published August 29, 2010

SIMMONS: Enjoy D.C.'s perks in all quadrants

"Tea party" folks beware: Don't venture outside of Northwest Washington while you're here this weekend for a momentous rally. But that warning doesn't come from police - it's from a certain blogger who professes to be looking out for your safety. Published August 26, 2010

D.C., Maryland win cash for schools

The D.C. school system and nine state applicants, including Maryland and New York, learned Tuesday they have won huge pots of money in the $3.4 billion second round of the Obama administration's Race to the Top initiative. Published August 24, 2010

D.C. charter schools face unfunded mandates

D.C. schools open their doors Monday morning for the start of a new year, and charter parents and advocates say a new problem is compounding an old one. Published August 22, 2010

Cultivating ideas on urban 'grocery gap'

It has been decades since the '60s hippie movement spawned a wave of farmers markets and food cooperatives. Times are indeed a-changin' as that counterculture movement goes mainstream, including government efforts to help close the "grocery gap" in low-income, urban neighborhoods. Published August 19, 2010


D.C. to reconsider picking up event tab

The nation's capital is a natural magnet for political rallies and sporting events, such as the annual National Marathon and two huge rallies that will be held Aug. 28, the anniversary of the March on Washington. Published August 17, 2010