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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: Dealing with D.C.’s cloudy fiscal future

To the Honorable Darrell E. Issa and Elijah E. Cummings: As chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, respectively, your plate is always full because your committee's taut mission statement is to ensure an "efficient, effective government" on the national and D.C. level, which you also oversee. Published February 3, 2013

SIMMONS: 'Fiscal hawk' faces mayoral color barrier

Jack Evans wants to be mayor of the nation's capital, and to do so he has to break a racial barrier, persuade stakeholders that he can govern as well as he legislated and, perhaps, take on an incumbent. Published January 30, 2013

SIMMONS: Volunteerism's virtue? It's nonpartisan

People from all walks of life and corners of the world are readying for the presidential inauguration. In the meantime, let's not forget another all-American cornerstone: service and aid to others. Published January 16, 2013

SIMMONS: Arming school personnel is a cop-out

To arm or disarm? That is a burning question after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as Vice President Joseph R. Biden prepares to inform President Obama on a way forward. Published January 13, 2013

**FILE** Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (The Washington Times)

SIMMONS: Transportation — and how to pay for it — is Topic 1

This week, motor vehicles officials resumed their positions in city hall, Annapolis and Richmond, and whether you're a motorist or bicyclist, mass transit commuter, and whether you hoof it as a pedestrian or work from home, transportation costs are going to be a top priority in 2013 regardless of where you live. To drive home the issue, officials are looking at your wallet. Published January 9, 2013

**FILE** Tom Hogue, an Arlington resident who rides his bicycle to and from work every weekday, rides home in the bike lane along 15th Street in the District. "I don't have a problem with anything that brings more people into commuting on a bicycle," he said of National Bike to Work Week, which starts Monday. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

SIMMONS: Walkability, bicycle lanes no answer to gridlock

While D.C. officials continue to press for voting rights in Congress, plans for a walkable city and bike lanes that increasingly make the city less and less friendly to drivers are rightly a look to the future for unclogged roads and enhanced mass-transit networks. Published December 30, 2012

SIMMONS: Boys want missing mom home for Christmas

Richard and U'Andre Harris haven't felt their mother's hugs for more than 22 months. She hasn't called home to inquire about them or sent mysterious birthday cards. That's because their mother, Unique Harris, has seemingly vanished without a trace. Published December 19, 2012

SIMMONS: In the dark is nowhere to be about crime information

The city is experiencing lower homicide rates, as officials recently announced, and that is truly good news (and let's pray it continues). Gathering, disseminating and sharing accurate daily, weekly, monthly and yearly crime information equals credibility. As things stand now, the department is blocking the public's view. Published December 5, 2012

**FILE** Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray tosses the coin before the game as Anacostia High School faces Dunbar High School for the 43nd Annual DCIAA Turkey Bowl Varsity Football Championship at Eastern High School in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

SIMMONS: City chips in for Pop Warner teams’ trip

Monique Brown was excited when I broke the good news to her early Wednesday afternoon that the city would help cover travel and hotel accommodations for three Pop Warner teams' trips to Florida. Published November 28, 2012