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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 [email protected].


Articles by Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Fund DCTAG with D.C. money, Mayor Bowser

When news broke Monday that some D.C. officials cried foul because President Trump's budget proposes cutting federal funding of a special college tuition program, I took it personally. Published February 13, 2018

The President's FY19 Budget is on display after arriving on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump budget goes for broke

President Trump's fiscal 2019 budget forces hard choices on many Americans. Published February 12, 2018

Deborah Simmons

Raise the education bar

There is a new stream of red tape in D.C. education: the Office of Raising the Bar and Lowering the Standards. Published February 8, 2018

This frame from video released by the Chelsea Manning Senate campaign on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 shows Chelsea Manning in a campaign video. Manning on Sunday confirmed via Twitter that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate. (Chelsea Manning For US Senate via AP)

Chelsea Manning takes on Ben Cardin

Ben Cardin, the Maryland Democrat who announced Monday that he's seeking a third term in the Senate, can't touch Chelsea Manning's coming out party. Published February 5, 2018

Deborah Simmons

Super Bowl LII guide with the Redskins

The Super Bowl ain't what it used to be with more viewers tuning out each year, but this year's game is at least quasi-symbolic with the majestic eagle, America's national emblem, up against iconic foot soldiers, America's patriots. Published February 1, 2018

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (right) nominated Antwan Wilson to become the next chancellor of D.C. Public Schools on Tuesday. They are joined by D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles. (Associated Press)

D.C. teachers, administrators run amok

The official audit for D.C. Public Schools: All but two of 19 DCPS high schools violated policies that led to seniors receiving diplomas they had not earned. Published January 30, 2018

President Donald Trump and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., pause during the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

State of the Union in song and prayer

On Thursday, comes an annual Washington tradition: the National Prayer Breakfast. It's an event where men and women of the clergy, politicians and others break bread at the Washington Hilton. Published January 29, 2018

Deborah Simmons

The race for infrastructure jobs

The smart people of the District may be onto something. At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, announced a new public-partnership, the DC Infrastructure Academy, a program pegged to plug people into demanding jobs. Published January 25, 2018

In this June 16, 2017, file photo, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) **FILE**

Mayors give Trump the middle finger

The mayors of America's cities small and large are holding a confab just two blocks from the White House but won't enter its gates because the Justice Department wants them to fill out some forms. Published January 24, 2018

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, flanked by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Cedric Richmond of La., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at the second day of a confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) **FILE**

Black caucus could turn history again

There's not much ado about President's Trump's State of the Union address right now, but there will be. Some members of Congress are considering boycotting his Jan. 30 speech. Published January 22, 2018

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, file photo, a clerk reaches to a shelf to pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York. Amazon announced Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, that it has narrowed down its potential site for a second headquarters in North America to 20 metropolitan areas, mainly on the East Coast. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Amazon HQ2 pros and cons

Amazon has narrowed its long list of 238 potential sites for its second headquarters (HQ2) to a long short list of 20, and at first blush it appears as though an East Coast presence is a prime (get it?) destination in Amazon's future. Published January 18, 2018

Deborah Simmons

Kill Metro's dead zones

Metro must kill the dead zones, because the transit agency clearly is jammed between a ROCC and a hard place. ROCC stands for Metro's Rail Operations Control Center (ROCC), and it's the center's job to speak by radio with train operators and workers, firefighters and other first responders when something goes awry. Published January 17, 2018

Deborah Simmons

Reclaim the mantle: It takes a village

Here we are again with nightmarish news of children being abused and neglected. A few such stories follow, including one of four dead sisters. Published January 16, 2018

Deborah Simmons

The immigration TPS-Salvadoran debate

An estimated 10,000 D.C. residents of Salvadoran descent are likely becoming news watchers now that the State Department has warned Americans against traveling to the Central American country and the Trump administration has told them they have until September 2019 to get their immigration papers in order or be shipped out. Published January 15, 2018

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by from left, District of Columbia Police Chief Peter Newsham, District of Columbia Council member Charles Allen, District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, speaks at One Judiciary Square in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. District of Columbia officials say they won't appeal a court ruling against a strict city gun law, setting the stage for it to become easier for gun owners to get concealed carry permits in the city. City officials announced their decision not to take the case to the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Campaign finance reform foolishness

You can fool all the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Published January 11, 2018

Deborah Simmons

Kids should know to 'just say no' to sexting

A new study published in Northwestern University's journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy warns that girls and teens are struggling to resist a temptation that even grown folk can't seem to muster the nerve to conquer. Published January 1, 2018

D.C. statehood follows Sisyphus uphill

D.C. statehood advocates are again in Sisyphean mode, making likely ill-fated attempts to turn the nation's capital into the nation's 51st state. Published December 21, 2017