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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

**FILE** The Washington Monument. (Associated Press)

SIMMONS: 1910 building law for D.C. is height of absurdity today

Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, who chairs the House panel overseeing D.C. affairs, is really onto something that D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and council member Kenyan McDuffie should give considerable attention to. Published November 11, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks to supporters as he campaigns in Lebanon, Ohio, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

SIMMONS: Romney has a persuasive Texas lawyer making his case

It's not easy for this Washington Redskins diehard to pop into Dallas Cowboys territory, but in search of an oft-overlooked perspective on the presidential race, I spoke Wednesday morning with Texas State Rep. Stefani Carter, a Cowboys fan. Published October 17, 2012

SIMMONS: McDuffie wrapping his arms around development

Since winning the race to represent Ward 5 on the D.C. Council five months ago today, Kenyan McDuffie hasn't made headlines as an emerging political personality. That's probably a good thing, considering that some of his most likeable colleagues are in the prosecutorial sightlines of the U.S. attorney and other investigators. Published October 14, 2012

SIMMONS: Twisted into knots trying to avoid racial bias

The U.S. Supreme Court expressed its renewed interest in affirmative action by hearing arguments Wednesday in a University of Texas case involving a white female applicant named Abigail Fisher who says she was denied admission in 2008 because of a race-conscious policy. Published October 10, 2012

SIMMONS: Give venture philanthropy a good look

Those of you paying close attention to the race for the White House probably have noticed the two concurrent themes on center stage. One is government-driven solutions; the other encompasses market-based solutions. Published October 7, 2012

SIMMONS: A night with the poor not necessary to understand poverty

I'm not sure you need to live in poverty or even be an acquaintance of someone who is poor to know what poverty looks like. Being a member of the faith, hope and charity crowd seems to be one of humanity's strongest suits, regardless of which rung you are perched on along the lengthy economic ladder. Published October 3, 2012

SIMMONS: Still smarting over dismal SAT scores

The three R's of learning are readin', writin' and 'rithmetic. Now hold that thought for a few minutes because we, dearest readers, have lost focus. Published September 26, 2012

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Ill., former White House Chief of Staff addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)

SIMMONS: Anesthetized to random D.C. violence

The loudest headlines in local news are often about shootings, stabbings and assorted mayhem, events that should routinely leave us questioning whether we even value life anymore. Published September 16, 2012

SIMMONS: Children least
 of concerns in
 school closings

The Fenty administration didn’t do a good job managing school inventory, and that’s something the Gray administration must keep in mind as the mayor and the District’s school, property-management and financial advisers decide how to reconcile the supply of public school buildings with shifting student bodies and the ever-growing demand for choice. Published September 13, 2012

SIMMONS: An ‘Are you better off?’ checklist

Let's tune into WII-FM, the "what's in it for me?" station, which monitors answers to the penultimate question: Are you better off than you were four years ago? Published September 5, 2012