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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

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

Curbside robberies

Drive, park in a garage and go about your merry way. Published June 1, 2016

D.C.'s Dunbar High School (Photo:

D.C. blows school modernization money

Dates, digits and dollar signs are arguably the three most important items regarding building and/or modernizing public school facilities. Suffice it to say, elected and appointed D.C. officials blew it on all three fronts. Published May 31, 2016

D.C. raises taxes on military, teachers, police, other retirees

The D.C. government giveth, the D.C. government taketh away. This being Memorial Day weekend and all, now is the time to put the D.C. government on notice: Raising taxes is not the way to honor our veterans and military retirees, and our school teachers and police deserve better. Published May 26, 2016

The 7,530-square-foot luxury home at 34 Kalorama Circle NW is on the market for $7,995,000. It has eight bedrooms, seven baths and two half baths on four levels with an elevator.

Obamas choose Kalorama for post-White House home?

Won't you be their neighbor? It won't be official unless Barack and Michelle Obama sign on the dotted lines, of course, but the National Journal is reporting that the haute Kalorama neighborhood north of Dupont Circle and adjacent to Rock Creek Park will be the Obamas' new house. Published May 24, 2016

The D.C. safety net

Out of sight, out of mind. This is about the D.C. safety net. As best we know, little Relisha Rudd was last seen alive on March 1, 2014. She was seen in a surveillance videotape recorded in a hallway of the Holiday Inn Express off New York Ave. at the Northeast gateway to the city. Holding Relisha's hand is her suspected abductor, Kahlil Tatum, who later killed himself after her disappearance. No one reportedly has seen her since then. Published May 19, 2016