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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: Democracy worthy of an ID to prevent voter fraud

As states jockey for influential positions in the 2012 presidential primaries, civil-rights advocates are shifting into high gear to fight new laws that require voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls. Published October 9, 2011

SIMMONS: Re-creating the Tuskegee experiment?

Is the District preparing to conduct its own Tuskegee experiment? The synopsis: D.C. Council member David A. Catania is pushing legislation that would mandate mental and behavioral analyses of youths as young as 3, and city schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson testified Tuesday that she has bought into his misguided proposal. Published September 28, 2011

SIMMONS: 1-party rule unhealthy for ethics debate

The District's attorney general, Irvin B. Nathan, is slated for a tete-a-tete on government ethics this evening with the Ward 3 Democratic Committee, and because fireworks are unlikely from this biased tribe of wealthy and educated stakeholders, Republicans, independents and conservatives should crash the incestuous party. Published September 14, 2011

SIMMONS: Government of D.C. can't thwart thieves

D.C. officials are deceiving themselves — and you — if they think the government will be able to outwit larcenous-hearted thieves once its online gambling program is up and running. Published September 11, 2011

SIMMONS: D.C. voters want term limits, ethics reform

The washed-out rally for D.C. voting rights isn't about freedom or democracy. It's a feeble mockery to thwart what D.C. voters want and what city hall sorely needs — term limits and ethics reform. Published August 28, 2011

SIMMONS: The undoing of a village's character

From Los Angeles to the District, police officials are investigating bands of marauders; some appear to be racially motivated because the assailants are black and the victims are white, while others are partaking in black-on-black crime. Published August 21, 2011

SIMMONS: This is what's under my skin

The NCAA booster cats are out of the bag courtesy of con man extraordinaire Nevin Shapiro, who told Yahoo! Sports that he financed the high life for student-athletes at the "U" by providing them with money and hookers and cars. Caught red-handed. Published August 17, 2011

SIMMONS: Education, HIV notions must change

There are false pictures being painted by those in positions of leadership when it comes to the national AIDS/HIV epidemic and the city's educational system. Published August 7, 2011

SIMMONS: D.C. bill would be a 'tragedy' for charters

Charter school advocates are sounding a new alarm: The South Capitol Street Tragedy Memorial Act undermines teaching and learning and could push highly skilled teachers out the schoolhouse door. Published July 20, 2011

SIMMONS: Personal responsibility sorely lacking in D.C.

Whatever happened to personal responsibility? With serious and sundry scandals making several of the District of Columbia's top Democrats look like Charlie Brown's pal Pig Pen, you would think individual Democrats would at least try to clean up their act by working to prevent crime the old-fashioned way. Published July 17, 2011