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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

Hillary Clinton 2.0 pairs with Charles Ramsey 2.0

We learned this week that Charles Ramsey is scheduled to step into the political spotlight next week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where the coronation of you-know-who will be held. Published July 21, 2016

Omar Parker with some of the youths he works for and with.

'We don't need to march,' 'shoot cops'

A self-described disciple of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Omar Parker of Washington, North Carolina, is a victim and a visionary, a mentor and a teacher -- and a quick look at where he has been explains why he no longer sees various shades of gray. Published July 18, 2016

Comedian Bill Maher told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that America would resemble the horror movie "The Purge" without cops. (YouTube, Universal Studios, "The Purge" trailer)

(Wo)man your flank against 'The Purge'

Bill Maher usually cracks me up. This week, though, when the host of "Real Time" told the host of "Hardball" that, without police, America "would look like that movie 'The Purge,'" my brows furrowed for so long I thought perhaps Mr. Maher was losing his edginess. Published July 14, 2016

William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood. (Image: Google Maps via

'Racist' brownie flap among third-graders

Grown folk, pay attention. A third grader talked about the brownies that were going to be served at his class' end-of-school party. A classmate said his comment was "racist." The teacher called the police. The boy was suspended. Child protection services began a probe. Parents are livid. Published June 29, 2016

Easy summer vacation checklist

With you and the family renting a cottage for summer vacation instead of booking a hotel room, some of the best advice you should follow are these four words: Be prepared and enjoy. Published June 28, 2016

'Modern Family,' reverse microaggression

So, learned men and women, separately and/or together, find themselves at the forefront of something labeled "microaggression," and the current crop of millennials and college-age kids falls into the claptrap. Published June 27, 2016

Three strikes against Baltimore's Marilyn Mosby

A third Baltimore Police officer charged in arrest and death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted of all charges, including murder, manslaughter and misconduct. The trial of the first officer, William Porter, ended in a deadlocked jury, and he will be retried. A second officer was acquitted in May. Three cases remain against three other officers. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has a lot of explaining to do, and whether her prosecutorial team wins or loses those remaining cases easily appears to be, at this juncture, of considerable consequence. Published June 23, 2016

Poverty snapshots, poverty profiling

It's noontime, and the front porches and sidewalks of the shotgun houses and apartment buildings in the Uniontown area of Anacostia are dotted with people, residents perhaps. Published June 20, 2016

This undated image shows Omar Mateen, who authorities say killed dozens of people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The gunman opened fire inside the crowded gay nightclub before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. (MySpace via AP)

Westboro Baptist Church: 'God sent the shooter'

Westboro Baptist Church has blasted its thoughts on the horrific bloodbath that occurred in the wee hours of Sunday morning at the Pulse club in Orlando, Florida: "God hates f**s. God sent the shooter. God hates murderer Omar Mateen. Omar Mateen and slain f**s are in hell. REPENT!" Published June 13, 2016

'Undocumented' valedictorian reminds immigration still an issue

It has been incredibly easy to live with your head in the sand regarding immigration. Hopefully, a girl who recently graduated from Crockett High School in Austin, Texas, has you shaking the sand from your eyes, nostrils and ears to get the full breadth of the immigration problem at hand. Published June 9, 2016

Prince George's report on school pedophile, porn falls short

Remember the news from a few months back of an adult elementary school "aide" filming kids engaging in sex acts with each other and him engaging in sex acts with them? Well, the remedy has come back to haunt Prince George's County Public Schools. Published June 2, 2016