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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: Washington's witty 'Ear'

Diana McLellan died Wednesday. Most Washingtonians did not know her by name, and to many of those who did, she was simply "The Ear," the writer extraordinaire who gave respect to what otherwise would have been tagged as tabloid journalism or yellow journalism. Published June 26, 2014

SIMMONS: Sticks, stones, 'Skins

On Monday, President Obama tiptoed again where the springtime tulips used to bloom, laying out his executive prescription plan for working parents that takes the pressure off mommies to make the tough calls. Published June 23, 2014

SIMMONS: Border children reflect new nanny state

What in hell is going to happen to the children? The media were escorted in, and by now you've seen the pictures and read the stories about the border children — the thousands of young people who are pouring across our southern border. Published June 19, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was upset in the Virginia Republican primary Tuesday, supported the three-pronged approach of traditional public schooling, public charter schooling and vouchers for nonpublic schools. (associated press)

SIMMONS: With Cantor leaving, don't give up on school choice

There are so many reasons soon-to-be-former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in Virginia's Republican primary on Tuesday that it's impossible to list them all in this space. So, in the interests of time and space, suffice it to say voters decided to kick him to the curb. Published June 12, 2014

Marion Barry   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

SIMMONS: D.C. spins the tax, cut, spend cycle

The vote that matters on the new D.C. budget plan hasn't happened yet, although the vote Wednesday has gotten considerable reaction — and it should have. Published May 29, 2014

President Barack Obama kissing author and poet Maya Angelou after awarding her the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

She told America's story in telling her own

APPRECIATION: Maya Angelou could not be pigeonholed. An uber social commentator of many perspectives, she was adorned with awards and accolades, and she wore them all well. Published May 28, 2014

SIMMONS: The soccer stadium deal (wink, wink)

There's a whole lot of shaking and baking going on in several D.C. neighborhoods, and it's not quite clear who's doing the shaking and who's doing the baking. Published May 26, 2014

SIMMONS: It's time to reassess anti-poverty policy

Paul Ryan gets it. America has an acute poverty problem, and Washington doesn't have dibs on softening its devastating blows — even as we spend more than $1 trillion a year combating it. Published May 22, 2014

SIMMONS: In D.C. budget battle, another who's-in-charge decision awaits

The D.C. Council filed a lawsuit Thursday against Mayor Vincent C. Gray, accusing him of failing to carry out his duties regarding the Local Budget Autonomy Act. The complaint says "the Council is entitled to pass a budget designating local expenditures of local funds, and only passive review — as opposed to an affirmative act — by Congress is required for that budget to become law." Published April 17, 2014

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SIMMONS: Food police are leaving your school kids unfed

The food police are cracking down on food options and trying to dull kids' taste buds. Moreover, they are trying to accomplish what parents have forever failed to pull off — and that's getting kids to eat foods they do not like. Published April 14, 2014