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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: 'Framework' for more of the same in D.C. schools

District officials are scheduled to announce plans for the Gray administration's Early Success Framework, a cradle-to-career initiative that, while perhaps well-intentioned, should be viewed with considerable skepticism and through a lens of benchmarks that measures the effectiveness of traditional public schooling. Published April 24, 2012

SIMMONS: Two steps forward, one back in racial progress

America certainly is a house divided — and the irony is that we are divided because we have the right to exercise unparalleled freedom and the pursuit of happiness as we see fit for ourselves and our families, yet we view race as a divisive issue. Published April 15, 2012

SIMMONS: Looking inward to draw lessons from a tragedy

Racial fear was front and center, where an all-black panel of the D.C. Commission on Black Men and Boys drew a mostly black audience for its forum titled "Lessons from the Life and Death of Trayvon Martin." Published April 11, 2012

A photograph of Billie Holliday adorns the lobby of the redesigned Howard Theatre in the District, which is set to reopen with a ribbon-cutting Monday and a gala Thursday night. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SIMMONS: All hail the reborn Howard Theatre

If, as the adage goes, changes blow in the wind, then with a few snips, lots of smiles and the applause from well-wishers, endless opportunities will abound for the historic Howard Theatre on Monday with a ribbon-cutting that starts a week of celebrations. Published April 8, 2012

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SIMMONS: Bill Cosby weighs in on Trayvon Martin case

"The gun." Those two simple words flowed easily from the mouth of social commentator Bill Cosby during an exclusive interview Friday regarding the Trayvon Martin case, arguably the most high-profile, citizen-on-citizen U.S. slaying facing the Obama administration. Published April 7, 2012

SIMMONS: Sheriffs tell watch patrols how to do it

It seems that whether you stand your ground on the right or the left of the Trayvon Martin slaying, the court of public opinion continues to spawn a rush to judgment, such as Congress going to the extreme by considering tighter gun laws and clamping down on neighborhood watch groups. Published April 4, 2012

SIMMONS: Curtain about to rise at Howard

Ask the District's mayor about his memories of the Howard Theatre, and his shoulders relax as the usual full-time at-attention stance eases "his honor" into native son Vince Gray. Published March 21, 2012

SIMMONS: Santorum has a 'PR' problem on statehood

A D.C. lawmaker and staunch statehood supporter has some choice words for former Sen. Rick Santorum, the socially conservative Republican whose name does not appear on next month's Republican presidential primary ballot in the District. Published March 18, 2012

SIMMONS: D.C. can't afford 'yes man' as CFO

Instead of patting himself on the back for doing what needed to be done — spending less money — D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is treating CFO Natwar M. Gandhi like a political hack. Published March 14, 2012

SIMMONS: Teachers get their fill as classes empty

A recent report from the Department of Education told us nothing new: black youths are more likely to be suspended, kicked out of school or arrested than white youths, and all three occurrences are more pronounced in urban systems. But, who carries a the heavier burden for reform — our youth, or the schools? Published March 11, 2012

SIMMONS: Closing all city schools is the only remedy

This column reflects major attitude today, and if you don't want to read it, go ahead and flip the page. Or, if you're on the Internet, scroll elsewhere on The Washington Times site. Published February 22, 2012