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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: Money for D.C. statehood not the right road

In a couple of weeks, D.C. lawmakers are scheduled to hold a public airing of the D.C. Statehood Advocacy Act of 2013, an ill-advised piece of legislation that calls for spending more than $1 million in public money to lobby for and promote statehood, absolute budget autonomy and congressional voting rights for the District of Columbia. What the rest of America thinks of those ideas probably hasn’t crossed officials’ minds, since the doors of opportunity last swung wide open in 1993. Published June 16, 2013

SIMMONS: Nation has come a long way on voting rights

All eyes and ears are on Washington, D.C., where this month, perhaps as soon as Monday, the Supreme Court is expected to take the blinders off and rule on challenges to the seminal Voting Rights Act of 1965, whose signing by then-President Johnson drew women attired in hats and gloves, and had whites and blacks sharing near picture-perfect space in the White House as witnesses to history. Published June 9, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, arrives for a vote at the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday, May 6, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SIMMONS: Immigrant bill hinders Americans seeking jobs

If you are out of a job or keeping toes and fingers crossed that a dear one will soon be making enough money to bring home the bacon, this heads-up is for you. The immigration bill that could hit the floor of the Senate any day now could cost Americans jobs by nearly doubling the number of guest workers allowed into the country. Published June 5, 2013

SIMMONS: A doctor with a perverted view of life and death

Since March 18, jurors in Philadelphia have been listening to gruesome testimony about what happened inside an abortion clinic. The detailed testimony is gut-wrenching, whether you are taking them in while digesting a morning bowl of grits cooked in chicken broth or savoring every bite of a comfort dish prepared the way grandma did. Published April 17, 2013

SIMMONS: To broaden GOP's base, Rand Paul heading to Howard University

Sen. Rand Paul is scheduled to visit Howard University on Wednesday to discuss issues important to American citizens and noncitizens alike, including civil liberties, mandatory minimum sentencing laws and education, and because the Kentucky Republican will be making inroads at a historically black school, he's expected to throw in a lesson on the history of the Republican Party and blacks. Published April 7, 2013