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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

Thousands of participants parade over Arlington Memorial Bridge during Rolling Thunder's 29th annual ride in support the U.S. armed forces on Sunday. (Associated Press photographs)

This Memorial Day

Memorial Day. A time to remember to not forget. Published May 24, 2017

Candles and tributes were left after a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, on Tuesday, the day after a suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert attended by many young people. (Associated Press)

Don't 'retraumatize' children after Manchester attacks

"Death and loss are the kind of issues that defy sound bites," psychologist Renee Garfinkel told me Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after singer Ariana Grande, 23, learned of the Manchester suicide bombing and referred to herself as "broken." Published May 23, 2017

Seth Conrad Rich, a DNC staffer, was killed in July near his home in the District of Columbia. (Image via Rich's LinkedIn profile.)

The strange case of Seth Rich

This is the unfortunate story of the killing of a young man named Seth Conrad Rich, a Nebraska-born and -reared young man whose death by two gunshots has resulted in conspiracy theories of the worst kind. Published May 22, 2017

New hospital in D.C.? Metro surges forward

Plans to build a new comprehensive hospital in Ward 7 or 8 moved forward Monday, when the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance executed a contract with one of the nation's largest consulting firms to help guide the city's hands. Published May 15, 2017

Why Johnny can't read, Mary can't do math

D.C. Council member David Grosso, please pay attention. This column focuses on your lawmaking and appropriation wheelhouse: education. Published May 11, 2017

Haitians deserve America's help

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) wants you to know something — and, interestingly enough, it has little to do with the political alignment of members voting against the House replacement of Obamacare on Thursday. Published May 4, 2017

Putting Metro back on track

Paul Wiedefeld, the man hired to put the D.C., Maryland and Virginia mass transit system back on track, delivered a three-pronged plan Thursday to begin the long arduous process. Published April 20, 2017

Opioid use and abuse are the problem

"It's killing people left and right," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pointed out a couple of months ago, when he outlined his fight against opioids. Published April 17, 2017

D.C. Streetcar 2016.03.09 
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D.C. budget needs these 3 things

The opening salvos on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's fiscal 2018 spending plan were frighteningly tame, considering there's nothing on the chopping block, nothing bolstering parents' cries for school choice and nothing that declares a war on strenuous oversight. Published April 6, 2017

D.C. parking, red-light ticket scam

The facts first: The D.C. Council is considering legislation that would exempt residents from fines on certain traffic tickets, such as those that double for parking tickets, speeding tickets and red-light running tickets. (A breather for sure.) Published April 3, 2017

D.C. parking, red-light ticket sham

Hip, hip, hooray! D.C. officials want to give folks who get parking, red-light and speeding tickets a break. (Well, some folks.) Published April 3, 2017