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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

SIMMONS: Black Caucus weak on families

Dear Congressional Black Caucus members: Something is missing, and it's called family values. Do you prefer Republicans claim them as a conservative issue? Published August 12, 2010

Riders crowd the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station in the early morning on Inauguration Day 2010. **FILE**

Metro brawl spurs curfew debate in D.C.

D.C. scribes are questioning whether an earlier curfew would have thwarted the melee that broke out Friday night inside a Metrorail station in downtown Washington and scared the daylights out of everyone on the scene, but the politicians aren't so forthcoming. Published August 11, 2010

Clark Ray, a Democratic candidate for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, says that if elected, "We're going to focus on transparency of the budget and policy." (Photograph by Joel Lawson/Special to The Washington Times)

'Ray' of hope for D.C. Council?

Clark Ray has worked for Bill Clinton, Al and Tipper Gore, and D.C. Mayors Anthony A. Williams and Adrian M. Fenty. As he goes door to door and runs from forum to forum in the race for an at-large D.C. Council seat, he informs voters of his Democratic pedigree. Published August 1, 2010

SIMMONS: Nation of plenty but also of laws

What do we want? What do they want? What do the countless people who have entered this country illegally or overstayed their welcome really want? They and their supporters say all they want is a better life for themselves and their families. Well, what the dickens do they think Americans want? Published July 29, 2010

**FILE** Michelle A. Rhee (The Washington Times)

Rhee has 'impact' on D.C. schools

The national school-reform spotlight is again shining on D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and, as with her other efforts, teachers are again on edge. Published July 25, 2010

Rhee aims to build voucher programs

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is in the process of formulating a new blueprint for special education reform that includes an expansion of voucher programs. Published July 22, 2010

**FILE** D.C. Council member Marion Barry (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Barry: 'I did a lot' but not enough

Marion Barry opens the passenger door for his visitor, seats himself behind the wheel and slowly merges into the evening rush on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast Washington. Published July 15, 2010

Mayor Fenty plays hide-and-seek with voters

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is not camera-shy when seeking publicity on his own behalf and managing what goes on in front of and behind the cameras. Published July 14, 2010

SIMMONS: Tough discipline or a tougher fate

Spanking. Corporal punishment. A rap on the knuckles. All are no-nos. The "experts" call such measures abuse. They say we're traumatizing youths. Oy vey. Published July 8, 2010

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (UPI)

D.C. mayor hopeful touts different goal

The top two rivals in the Democratic race for D.C. mayor are running full speed ahead on school reform as the summer heats up and the Sept. 14 primary draws nearer. Published July 8, 2010

Fenty boasts achievements as election nears

Know that old maxim an elephant never forgets? Well, Team Fenty doesn't want donkeys, independents and other prospective voters to forget either. Published July 5, 2010

D.C. Council set to tighten school-truancy standards

The D.C. Council is scheduled to vote June 29 on legislation that would tighten truancy requirements and quicken the pace at which child welfare and law enforcement authorities intervene on behalf of truant youths. Published June 24, 2010

Killing tests D.C. anti-gun mentality

The hustle and bustle along the District's Florida Avenue and its arteries Thursday morning betrayed what occurred less than 24 hours earlier when urban desperados shot a father and son. Published June 24, 2010