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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

Sakidra Davis of Alpha Rho Xinos carries an image of Martin Luther King Jr. during the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration's March/Parade on  Saturday Jan. 18, 2014,  in Dallas, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Sarah Hoffman)  MANDATORY CREDIT

SIMMONS: Streets named for MLK mark line of urban despair

In neighborhoods across America, MLK represents a line of demarcation — much like the Mason-Dixon line, a Colonial-era demarcation that also came to distinguish Dixie from Northeastern abolition-favoring states. Published January 19, 2014

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's campaign has collected more than 8,200 signatures to get his name on the April ballot, but that is a fraction of what he will need to prove himself worthy of re-election. (andrew s. geraci/the Washington Times)

SIMMONS: Catania could be the one causing Gray 'great pain'

In his campaign kickoff speech on Saturday, Vincent C. Gray offered an apology for the "great pain" caused by his 2010 mayoral run, which remains under federal investigation because of "shadow campaign" activities. Published January 12, 2014

SIMMONS: Gray ready to spike the ball, but has yet to score

Now that the Washington Redskins have taken the mystery out of who will be driving the bus for the next few years, D.C. stakeholders get to read and hear why Vincent Gray thinks voters should give him another shot. Not that he's done anything particularly extraordinary. Published January 10, 2014

SIMMONS: Government isn't helping our children

There was a time. There was a time when even to a man, an open-handed slap on the rump following a remarkable run on the gridiron was an A-OK, asexual gesture. Published January 8, 2014

SIMMONS: A little girl's life shows scars of domestic violence

Kodi is one of our littlest victims of domestic violence, only 23 months old when she witnessed her dad mortally wound her mom on a bus. At such a young age, she doesn't remember everything, which is a blessing in and of itself. Published December 15, 2013

U.S. President  Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) next to US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95.  (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

SIMMONS: Pictures of Obama and 'Dane' lady don't lie

Big Mama didn't much care for the pictures of President Obama and the Danish prime minister horsing around taking pictures at Tuesday's memorial service in Johannesburg for Nelson Mandela. Published December 11, 2013

SIMMONS: Jack Kent Cooke's legacy continues to produce winners

The lives of young scholars have intersected with a lasting legacy of Jack Kent Cooke, the late Redskins owner whose foundation rewards high-achievers who are not only academically worthy and in need of financial help, but also promising self-driven entrepreneurs, artists and career-focused individuals. Published December 1, 2013

SIMMONS: Effects of raising D.C.'s minimum wage are murky

Vincent C. Gray may not have said whether he will or will not run for a second term as mayor, but he certainly dipped his toes into the murky Democratic pool on Friday by proposing to raise the minimum wage. Published November 24, 2013

SIMMONS: What would Kennedy the aging statesman do?

Had the sturdy New England stock that coursed through the Irish bloodlines of John Fitzgerald Kennedy not been drained by an assassin's bullet, imagine what he would be thinking about world affairs. Published November 20, 2013

SIMMONS: Sex education reform — do it for Ryan White

With children being infected with the HIV virus because of ignorance and promiscuity, it's high time we re-educate ourselves and sit down with our young children and young adults to have "the talk" — about the birds, bees and abstinence. Published November 17, 2013