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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 on school choice and vouchers

Republican voters in D.C. are scheduled to begin divvying up delegates on Saturday. But the scene stealers next week will be delegate-rich Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, where Republican and Democratic debates were held this week in Miami. Published March 10, 2016

President Barack Obama, with his daughters, Sasha, left, and Malia, speaks before he pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. This is the 68th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The plot to kill D.C. school vouchers

The scene: The Secret Service rolls away from the White House with first daughters Malia and Sasha in tow. The destination is Sidwell Friends School, which they've attended since Barack and first lady Michelle Obama moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Hollywood-style liberties exercised.) Published March 9, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority luncheon in West Columbia, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Left is (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hillary Clinton's race card

Hillary Clinton holds a race card, and she does not hold it close to her vest. As the South Carolina primaries and Super Tuesday draw nearer and dear to her ambitious plan to be the Democratic winner of her party's presidential race, she's likely to play that race card often. Published February 24, 2016

In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 photo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia smiles during his introduction at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland, as part of a Cleveland Clinic speakers series. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan/File)

Antonin Scalia: Foodie, 'man of many appetites'

Swirl, smell, sip. Repeat. The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was a foodie and wine aficionado. He was a full man who did not merely break bread with others; he enjoyed sharing meals with others. Published February 19, 2016

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The Bowser Clique and our homeless shelter problem

Let's be transparent. All of you out there who are homeowners, live in strictly residential areas and want to welcome a 50- or 80-bed homeless shelter, please, raise your hand. Published February 18, 2016

Out the pedophiles, predators, molesters, pornographers

A devious gadabout, Deonte Carraway, 22, has been arrested by Prince George's County Police and charged with 10 counts of felony child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree sexual offense after pornography was found on his phone, according to court documents released on Tuesday. Published February 9, 2016

D.C. news flash: 'Nothing's going to change'

Vincent Condol Gray, the former mayor, announced Thursday that he is heading back to the campaign trail to run for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat held by Yvette Alexander, another Democrat -- and he could win. Published February 4, 2016

A winning wager on Super Bowl 50

Most of the estimated $4.2 billion being waged on Super Bowl 50 will be illegal. You know the annual rituals: friendly workplace wagers, bets at your favorite sports watering hole and bets between rival teams' mayors and governors. Published February 3, 2016

Paying people not to become criminals, victims

The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval yesterday to legislation that would pay pre-criminals and pre-victims a stipend. The payment would turn on a dime -- more accurately, 90,000 dimes -- because the bill mandates the at-risk participants attend behavior therapy and the like. Published February 2, 2016

Dolly Parton comes to D.C.

Dolly Parton -- yes, that Dolly Parton -- knows it takes a lot of imagination growing up in rural Appalachia, as she did. Published February 1, 2016

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Derail the mobs on Metrorail

Those of you who use public transportation haven't had the easiest of times since the blizzard, not that motorists fared any better. Indeed, roadways and neighborhood streets remain bogged down. Still, there's another worrisome and certainly more prevailing issue that lurks among us: Roving bands of unflashed mobs attacking Metro riders. Published January 29, 2016