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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

Simone Askew marks a first at West Point

Simone Askew. Remember her name. She is the leader of the pack, so to speak, of the Class of 2021 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the first black woman to hold the position. Published August 14, 2017

Getting students safely to and from school is a top priority. The AAA School Safety Patrol Program helps ensure that kids can do that. Ushers lead kids across intersections. (AAA)

School safety patrols: Priority No. 1

When it comes to education, it should go without saying that teaching and learning are the top priorities inside schoolhouses. Getting students safely to and fro, then, is Priority No. 1. Published August 10, 2017

D.C. should focus on public health, not public hospital

If your thing is having a ring-side seat for Round 2 of the Vincent Gray-Muriel Bowser battle royale, however, start making plans. Just make sure you and your pregnant significant other also have a Plan B. That's because the District has shut down obstetric services for 90 days at United Medical Center, the lone full-service hospital on the southeast end of the District. No deliveries and no neonatal care, which can place hardship on some mothers-to-be, especially those who had planned to have their bundles of joy there. Published August 9, 2017

Don't do it, Donald Trump

Don't do it, Donald Trump. Don't do it. Don't give the D.C. government control of RFK Stadium land and the D.C. Armory land, and please don't give the city the adjacent park land. Published August 8, 2017

NAACP stumbles on education

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bit off its mission and game, advocating as it is that public charter schools be as tightly bound to school bureaucracies and regulations as teachers and school employees are to unions. Published August 7, 2017

In this photo made Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, new housing under construction in St. Louis. The development is receiving federal low-income housing tax credits. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

No-account affordable housing accountability

As members of Congress retreat for the summer to reach out and grab the (greasy) palms of those who put them in office, tax reform has been penciled onto the calendar. Published August 3, 2017

Education the Jack Kent Cooke way

Whether Jack Kent Cooke would have handled contract talks with Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the way Dan Snyder did is inconsequential at this juncture. Published July 17, 2017

Why Metro has money, governance on its mind

The board of the regional mass transit agency known as Metro is finally getting around to what matters, now that safety and maintenance concerns are being routinely tending to -- reforming itself from within and ginning up ways to generate new revenue streams without opening the floodgates to the naming rights maze. Published July 13, 2017

Martinsville is for opioid prescription lovers

Welcome to Martinsville, Virginia -- NASCAR charter member and home of the Martinsville Speedway paper clip turn that clipped Jeff Gordon, and which Hall of Famer Wendell Scott called his hometown raceway. Published July 12, 2017

Grave marker for Mammy Kate, who rescued her master, Stephen Heard after the British had set his execution.

Women and the Declaration of Independence

When it comes men and America's independence, many of the ancestors' names and storied lives can easily roll off the tongue. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were two of our first three presidents, and died as frenemies just hours apart on July 4, 1826. Maryland's Charles Carroll, the wealthiest man in the colonies, was a Roman Catholic and a staunch believer of freedom of religion, also signed the Declaration of Independence. Published July 3, 2017

Hogan puts schools probe on right track

Maryland's probe into whether Prince George's County administrators, teachers and others changed students' grades and credits to boost graduation rates is no small undertaking. Published June 26, 2017

Photojournalist Shay Horse said he was pepper-sprayed while covering protests at the Jan. 21 presidential inauguration, even though his camera identified him as a journalist. (Sarah Nelson / The Washington Times)

Is ACLU lawsuit against D.C. cops a red herring?

"An officer told us to drop our pants," Shay Horse said. "An officer went down the row telling each of us not to flinch as he grabbed our balls and yanked on them, and then stuck his finger up each of our anuses and wiggled it around. I felt like they were using molestation and rape as punishment." Published June 22, 2017