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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: Charters reflect founders' ideas

It's hard to imagine what level of education schooled the prodigious group of men who collectively became known as America's Founding Fathers. Picture Benjamin Franklin, a school dropout at age 10, becoming a voracious reader; he did. Or another Massachusetts native, Horace Mann, the "founding father of common schools," riding around his home state on horseback advocating school reform; he did. Published January 29, 2010

SIMMONS: Sagging pants not cool, fool

Hope and change. There's a lot of the former making the rounds and too little of the latter. But a glimmer of what can be is in the forecast.Did America devolve from radical feminism to misogynistic lyrics and videos to misandry? Published January 22, 2010

SIMMONS: Reid must go, and here's why

It has become a media tradition to talk about race relations and the content of people's character on and around the anniversary of Martin Luther King's birth. Today is the day. Published January 15, 2010

Haiti hits celebrities' hearts

Wyclef Jean is hardly a household name here in America, but when he reportedly asked for help from a man whose name is known worldwide, that man, Tiger Woods, said count me in. Published January 15, 2010

Medical marijuana in D.C.

Medical marijuana is legal in 13 states. Will the nation's capital follow suit? The short answer is yes, but what remains unanswered is how and when. Published January 12, 2010

SIMMONS: Arenas rightly under the gun

Are youths being sent in the right direction when it comes to role models? Will gun rights supporters blow an opportunity or take a page from the animal rights movement's book on Michael Published January 8, 2010

CITIZEN JOURNALISM: A web of real-world threats

Are the real world and the cyberworld on a cultural collision course? There was a time smooching at the drive-in and girlie magazines were parents' worst nightmares. Times have changed. These days, sex education has replaced gym class and health education. Home economics? Forget about it. Published December 28, 2009

CITIZEN JOURNALISM: D.C.'s race for mayor in spotlight

Washington is hardly a one-newspaper town. Yet while its major news organs compete by devoting considerable resources to national and foreign affairs, its other papers and blogs are shining bright lights inside City Hall. Published October 28, 2009

CITIZEN JOURNALISM: Muslim college backed

One of Egypt's senior Muslim clerics supports the concept of a Muslim college being established in the United States, telling The Washington Times last week that it would help foster better relations between the West and the Muslim world. Published October 12, 2009

CITIZEN JOURNALISM: 'Builder' forges schools

Donald L. Hense, chairman of Friendship Public Charter Schools, has been many things to many people, and many of the recipients don't know his name. To Mr. Hense, who calls himself a "serial entrepreneur" and a "builder," that's OK because he has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves. Published September 21, 2009

CITIZEN JOURNALISM: Sorority sisters claim funds misused

Eight members of a Greek-lettered sorority, whose ranks will include first lady Michelle Obama once she is inducted, claim in a lawsuit that their president and others misused funds on designer clothing and lingerie and failed to get approval from the membership on expenditures. Published August 3, 2009

CITIZEN JOURNALISM: The screenwriter's dilemma

"I received my entire musical education in the New York City public school system," composer Michael Kamen, who died in 2003, once said. "I had there my most incredible experience. While we were working on '[Mr.] Holland's Opus' I went back to [the] music and art [room] ... and in the room was a graveyard of musical instruments ... 400 or 500 violins, flutes, trombones, trumpets, oboes, everything piled up to the ceiling. And they were all broken and busted." Published July 5, 2009

CITIZEN JOURNALISM: Visually philanthropic

Meet Michael Guillen: scientist, author, Emmy winner and loving husband and father. He also is a child of God who doesn't talk about coincidences. For him, prayer, divine intervention and the golden rule are the simple facts of life, situated along the straight and narrow, that led him to his newest roles as philanthropist and film producer. Published June 28, 2009

D.C. school chief gives herself an 'F'

Despite lower dropout rates, higher graduation rates and improved standardized test scores, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee gives herself a failing grade on her first 20 months in office. Published March 16, 2009

D.C., charter to restructure Anacostia H.S.

D.C. Public Schools and Friendship Charter Schools are joining forces to restructure the troubled Anacostia High School in Southeast. But Anacostia will remain a traditional public school, Ramona Edelin, executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Association, said last week. Published February 22, 2009

Mom ruled competent for murder trial

"I am not insane." So said Banita Jacks Friday at her competency hearing in D.C. Superior Court. Judge Frederick Weisberg, who said he considered Miss Jacks competent when she appeared before him a year ago, ruled her competent to stand trial for the murder of her four children. Published February 14, 2009

Accused killer's competency at issue

D.C. Superior Court Judge Frederick Weisberg on Friday told the woman accused of killing her four daughters that he was going to ask her some questions, but defendant Banita M. Jacks had another plan. Published February 7, 2009