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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

SIMMONS: A doctor with a perverted view of life and death

Since March 18, jurors in Philadelphia have been listening to gruesome testimony about what happened inside an abortion clinic. The detailed testimony is gut-wrenching, whether you are taking them in while digesting a morning bowl of grits cooked in chicken broth or savoring every bite of a comfort dish prepared the way grandma did. Published April 17, 2013

SIMMONS: To broaden GOP's base, Rand Paul heading to Howard University

Sen. Rand Paul is scheduled to visit Howard University on Wednesday to discuss issues important to American citizens and noncitizens alike, including civil liberties, mandatory minimum sentencing laws and education, and because the Kentucky Republican will be making inroads at a historically black school, he's expected to throw in a lesson on the history of the Republican Party and blacks. Published April 7, 2013

SIMMONS: Idea to replace national anthem just plain wrong

There are a million-plus-1 reasons why President Obama shouldn't change the national anthem — and surely not bow to a replacing it with the Kelly song "Ignition (remix)," which wreaks of fellas and honeys bouncin,' bumpin' and grindin.' Published March 6, 2013

SIMMONS: Sequester cuts could present opportunities

Automatically taking effect March 1 because of Washington's inaction, across-the-board spending cuts present an opportunity to begin rethinking the role of our ever-expanding federal government in general, as well as public schooling and public safety. Published March 4, 2013

SIMMONS: Freddi House offers freedom from the shackles of abuse

Miss R has had a broken arm and a broken jaw, and both eyes blackened by beatings, one so badly that her socket had to be braced with a plastic cup. She's a survivor of domestic violence and now helps other women along an underground railroad, of sorts, that operates in the D.C. metro area. Published February 27, 2013

SIMMONS: J.C. Watts gives Insight to fading face of GOP

The Republican Party "needs to take a step back and a deep breath," says J.C. Watts, a former House leader. "Doing this for 20 years, sometimes, honestly, I sometimes felt like a voice in the wilderness when trying to get more ethnic minorities and other people of color." Published February 20, 2013

Chairman Jim Graham comments during the Committee on Human Services public hearing on BIll 19-824 the "Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012" on Thrusday, July 12, 2012, in Washington D.C.. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

Keeping funds from D.C. charter schools challenged

At least two D.C. Council members say they would not support efforts by the chairman of the Committee on Education to deliberately withhold funds from public charter schools in order to slow their growth amid rising demand. Published February 17, 2013