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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

Pence-Kaine debate should repeat history

Some history is worth repeating. Take Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, plop them onto a stage at Longwood University, and what do you get? The only vice presidential debate of the election cycle, of course, and a lesson in American history. Published October 3, 2016

Seeing and speaking in the face of the modern world's evils

If you see something, say something. We've been reading and hearing those few simple words since terror crashed into our world on Sept. 11, 2001. Now it's time to apply them to other global problems: human trafficking, sex trafficking and child/forced labor. Published September 26, 2016

Regional authorities must push global tourism

As the capital of America, the District is home to embassies and the cultural elite from other nations, as well as educational institutions that cater to students and professionals from other nations. Yet there's no regional marketing push. Published September 19, 2016

FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, former NFL football player Darren Sharper appears in Los Angeles Superior Court. The inclusion of former NFL safety and convicted rapist Sharper on this year's list of Hall of Fame nominees has created a national outcry. Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowler, pleaded guilty in 2015 to drugging and raping up to 16 women in four states. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool, File)

Darren Sharper, rape and football Hall of Fame

Darren Sharper preyed on offensive opponents on the football field. Darren Sharper preyed on women off the field. The latter is the former, and the former is the latter. Neither deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Published September 16, 2016

Paging Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker

The top elected leader of any jurisdiction shouldn't have to take the weight for everything that goes wrong. However, when that leader seeks authority over, say, education -- and receives it -- he is duty-bound to take the weight. Rushern Baker, the county executive of Prince George's County, stands as a local example. Published September 15, 2016

Donald Trump, Mike Pence get school choice mostly right

A lot of Americans disagree with Donald Trump for lots of reasons. Yet, when it comes to school reform and school choice, he gets a lot of things right. So pay attention to this crucial domestic issue. Published September 12, 2016

Redskins, Steelers and Monday night's football matchup

My birth town Pittsburgh Steelers are taking on my hometown Washington Redskins. In the season opener. On Monday night. This NFL girl couldn't ask for more -- except a win, of course. Published September 8, 2016

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Kratom: Facts, fiction, DEA ban

Obliged to continue a discussion on the botanical kratom that I began on Tuesday, let us begin. Published September 7, 2016

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Memo to D.C. parents

Now that the doors have swung wide for the 2016-17 school year, it is time to direct some gnawing questions toward the Bowser administration. Published August 29, 2016