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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

Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson has officially endorsed Donald Trump for president in 2016. (Getty via HuffPost Live)

Hey, Donald Trump, when memory fails go to Google

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had a senior moment Sunday night, when he wondered aloud on Twitter what Muslim Americans President Obama could have been referring to when the president said "Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our coworkers, our sports heroes." And whether Mr. Obama was racially profiling? Published December 7, 2015

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Gun control or immigration reform?

Now that guns and scapegoats are the new normal, and immigration reform and "refugees" are political weapons, let's merge the two and devise a reasonable plan for solutions. Published December 3, 2015

The politics of homelessness

It is not against the law to be homeless, yet the way the Bowser administration is approaching the homeless problem is (practically) criminal. On Wednesday night homeless people living in about 20 tents near the Kennedy Center were put on notice: By 2 p.m. Friday, you have to skedaddle. Published November 19, 2015

What's the ROI of D.C.-China ties?

This weekend, while many of us will be glued to a TV or mobile device for college football or tending to a "honey-do" list as fall settles in, 40 inside-the-Beltway leaders are heading to China. Published November 5, 2015

D.C. raises test bar, sets students up to fail

Teach students what they need to know, because what they need to know will be on a test, and it might help them get a job down the road. D.C. and Maryland officials released the results Tuesday of the new standardized test that is tied to the Common Core standards, and they said the low scores are a reality check. Published October 27, 2015