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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

Gray hits Norton's loss of House privilege

After promising at Sunday's inauguration to press the "taxation without representation" issue, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other city leaders marched on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to express their displeasure over House Republicans' plans to trim back the D.C. delegate's power in the chamber. Published January 4, 2011

PASSING THE TORCH: D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray receives a hug from former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty after his inaugural address at the Washington Convention Center on Sunday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to The Washington Times)

Gray delivers a message of unity at inauguration

Vowing to stabilize the city's finances, create jobs, improve schools and help residents gain statehood, Vincent C. Gray became the sixth elected mayor of the nation's capital Sunday before a standing-room-only crowd at the Washington Convention Center. Published January 2, 2011

SIMMONS: Redskins return needed in city

Breaking bread together provides a good opportunity for people to get to know one another, especially when the diners are the incoming mayor of Washington and the general manager of a sports franchise that plays its games in one state but practices in another. Published December 23, 2010

Quarterback Donovan McNabb started 13 games for the Washington Redskins in 2010, throwing for 3,377 yards, 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

D.C. mayor-elect weighs in on McNabb benching

D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray, a diehard fan of the Washington Redskins who wants to see the city's football franchise return to the District, calls the benching of Donovan McNabb "strange." Published December 17, 2010

Gray taps Ellerbe as D.C. fire chief

A former deputy chief who left the city under unusual circumstances was named to lead the District's fire department on Thursday, the same day Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray announced he would retain Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. Published December 16, 2010

Schools chief to review union's evaluation worries

D.C. Schools Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson said she will review union concerns about the teacher-evaluation policy instituted by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee, though she insisted that evaluations themselves are not on the negotiating table. Published December 16, 2010

SIMMONS: It's season for left's intolerance

Dec. 15, Bill of Rights Day, has come and gone, but the many reasons to celebrate it resonate on a daily basis -- and more so at Christmas. Published December 16, 2010

Students change classes at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington on Wednesday. (J.M. Eddins/The Washington Times)

Gray eyes more schools cooperation in D.C.

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray wants to push forward with education reforms by having more collaboration between charter schools and traditional schools, an initiative supported by charter co-founder Joshua Kern. Published December 12, 2010

Vincent C. Gray

D.C.'s Gray defends pace of transition

Defending the pace of his efforts to staff his incoming administration, D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray on Thursday announced a second round of appointments, but revealed no picks for key posts for city schools, the police department or other major agencies. Published December 9, 2010

SIMMONS: Time to end the wars of class warfare

Class warfare. Ward Cleaver and the Beaver vs. Archie Bunker. George Jefferson vs. Fred Sanford. That about sums up the inside-the-Beltway talkathon that is putting the squeeze on America's middle class. Published December 9, 2010

D.C.'s Gray names chief of staff, city administrator

In the first major personnel moves since his election, D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray announced on Wednesday two top nominees who he said will "serve as the cornerstone" of his administration. Published December 8, 2010

Vincent C. Gray

D.C. Council OKs cuts in budget, furloughs

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray put his first stamp on the District's shaky financial future by winning preliminary approval Tuesday of budget-balancing legislation that pares spending and pushes off inevitable tax increases until he becomes mayor next year. Published December 7, 2010

Vincent C. Gray

Key Gray initiatives at risk as D.C. pares budget

New funding for D.C. schools could be at the center of a major new political tug of war for Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray, who is pushing for even bigger savings as D.C. lawmakers prepare to cast their first votes Tuesday on a package of fiscal 2011 budget cuts. Published December 6, 2010

Washington Teachers' Union
Nathan Saunders, the new president of the Washington Teachers' Union, said Thursday that the WTU has been "treated like a red-headed stepchild."

New WTU chief: Top job 'is to protect members'

The new president of the Washington Teachers' Union promised a "progressive" administration rather than a "reactionary" one, and said his No. 1 priority is to protect members' job security. Published December 2, 2010

SIMMONS: Private gallery right for 'Hide'

Score another one for Christianity. How else to definitively assess what happened at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery? Published December 2, 2010

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's proposed plan to balance the budget includes $161 million in agency and program cuts.

Fenty seeks cuts in jobs, services to fix budget gap

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has proposed his plan to right-size an unbalanced budget, which the public scrutinized Tuesday during a D.C. Council hearing at which several lawmakers and stakeholders proposed a host of new taxes and fees. Published November 30, 2010

**FILE** Vincent C. Gray (Associated Press)

D.C. Council debates budget-cutting plan

Facing a tight deadline to construct and enact a balanced budget by the end of December, D.C. Council members held lame-duck Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's budget-cutting plan up for public scrutiny, and lawmakers revealed early indications about where they stand. Published November 30, 2010

The exterior of Hallsville High School in Hallsville, Texas, is pictured in 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Robbins)

High-school graduation rate rises; 'dropout factories' fall

America's ornery dropout problem has been called an "epidemic" and a "crisis," and while an advocacy group founded by retired Gen. Colin L. Powell say they remain appropriate labels, the group will announce some good news on that front Tuesday. Published November 30, 2010