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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: 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

SIMMONS: Obama won't 'vouch' for D.C. students

Shame on President Obama for turning underprivileged children into pawns — again — and during an election year, no less, as he stands on the cusp of history — again. Published February 19, 2012

SIMMONS: A brief look at the 'real' Whitney Houston

Whether you liked her music, hated the fact that America's first black "girl next door" married bad-boy Bobby Brown or remain one of few people old enough to get an AARP card and can sincerely say "Whitney who?" there's no getting around the truth: The lime-lighted life of Whitney Elizabeth Houston has many teachable moments. Published February 18, 2012

SIMMONS: Day lets loose inner Newt

In an interview on Saturday, Tim Day, the only Republican vying to replace Harry Thomas Jr. on the D.C. Council, won't go on the record and delve into mayoral recall territory or talk trash about the two dozen other contenders vying for the Ward 5 council seat. Published February 12, 2012

SIMMONS: HIV/AIDS and illiteracy are a deadly duo

As we try to straighten the tangled web we have weaved around the HIV/AIDS crisis, the nation's capital is gearing up for a very special confab this summer, the 2012 International AIDS Conference, just as a cultural battle brews anew in America. Published February 8, 2012

SIMMONS: Cosby story on schooling a real lesson

Bill Cosby, one of America's original kings of comedy, is saying precisely what President Obama should have said Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. Published January 25, 2012

SIMMONS: Mayor's plan discriminates against charter students

The academic success of D.C. youths will be on the line Tuesday morning, when the D.C. Council is scheduled to take up the mayor's request for a supplemental budget that would add $25 million to traditional public school coffers. Published January 23, 2012