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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

Haitians deserve America's help

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) wants you to know something — and, interestingly enough, it has little to do with the political alignment of members voting against the House replacement of Obamacare on Thursday. Published May 4, 2017

Putting Metro back on track

Paul Wiedefeld, the man hired to put the D.C., Maryland and Virginia mass transit system back on track, delivered a three-pronged plan Thursday to begin the long arduous process. Published April 20, 2017

Opioid use and abuse are the problem

"It's killing people left and right," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pointed out a couple of months ago, when he outlined his fight against opioids. Published April 17, 2017

D.C. Streetcar 2016.03.09 
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D.C. budget needs these 3 things

The opening salvos on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's fiscal 2018 spending plan were frighteningly tame, considering there's nothing on the chopping block, nothing bolstering parents' cries for school choice and nothing that declares a war on strenuous oversight. Published April 6, 2017

D.C. parking, red-light ticket scam

The facts first: The D.C. Council is considering legislation that would exempt residents from fines on certain traffic tickets, such as those that double for parking tickets, speeding tickets and red-light running tickets. (A breather for sure.) Published April 3, 2017

D.C. parking, red-light ticket sham

Hip, hip, hooray! D.C. officials want to give folks who get parking, red-light and speeding tickets a break. (Well, some folks.) Published April 3, 2017

Illustration on the negative effects of the $15 minimum wage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bad news on minimum wage front

Well, the results are in: D.C. residents are going to be whacked by the minimum-wage bully stick. Published March 23, 2017

School rape is a safety and security issue, stupid

There are so many hot-button issues tied to the investigation of the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a Maryland high school that it's easy to lose sight of the horror of the crime itself. Published March 22, 2017

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council are wringing their hands over how to stem the flow of officers either retiring or moving to better paying and less dangerous jurisdictions. .(Ryan M. McDermott/The Washington Times/File)

D.C.'s missing children

"Damn they found #TomBradys missing super bowl Jersey? If only all those black and brown teenage girls reported missing in DC had jerseys on!" Published March 22, 2017

School rape case raises important questions

Much of the heated discussion about America and its immigration laws turns on Hispanics and Muslims, and people with Hispanic-sounding names and Muslim-sounding names. Published March 20, 2017

A portion of President Donald Trump's first proposed budget, focusing on the Department of Education, and released by the Office of Management and Budget, is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

3 things: Trump's education spending plan

Did President Trump really take a "meat cleaver" to federal education spending, as American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said? Or did Mr. Trump, after becoming president, consider the hand that states, localities and parents had been dealt and deliver a blueprint that returns the power and authority to them? Published March 17, 2017

D.C. can't get the housing thing right

D.C. has fallen to the bottom of the housing barrel, and cannot expect the Trump budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help the city to market. Published March 16, 2017