Amy Dickenson, advice columnist for Ask Amy

Amy Dickinson

Seven days a week, letter after letter, Amy Dickinson applies an objective eye to reader problems large and small in "ASK AMY: Advice for the real world."

Dickinson succeeds the legendary Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer) as the Chicago Tribune's signature advice columnist. Chicago Tribune editor Gerould Kern said: “Amy understands the personal issues affecting millions of people in their everyday lives and offers grounded advice for healthy, lasting relationships. She’s also a terrific storyteller.” As an advice columnist, Amy uses her talents as a journalist and her personal experiences to answer each question with the care and attention she would devote to her closest friends. Her advice is rooted in honesty and trust, traits she applies to her writing and her life.

Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Dickinson (a distant relative of the poet Emily Dickinson) penned a column on family issues for TIME magazine and had been regularly featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." A weekly column, carried on AOL's News Channels, frequently drew from her experience as a single parent and member of a large, extended family. In addition, she has appeared as a social commentator on CBS' "Sunday Morning."

Dickinson, who grew up on a small dairy farm in New York, currently lives in Chicago with her teenage daughter. A graduate of Georgetown University, Dickinson also has worked as a producer for NBC News and as a freelance writer for publications such as The Washington Post, Esquire and O magazine.

Amy Dickinson Samples

College girl's behavior is soooo high school

DEAR AMY: My first week in college I met "Christy" and "Ally," who were friends in high school. I had a brief relationship with Christy. I began dating Ally about a month later. Ally has a delicate past; her mother died when she was young.

Teen's hospital tantrum sickens grandparents

DEAR AMY: My 87-year-old husband suffered a life-threatening medical problem. Her older sister tried to calm her and encourage her back into the room. It is now months later, and the teen refuses to make contact with us.

Ask Amy: Vacation dilemma calls for expert mind reader

DEAR AMY: Next month I am going on vacation with a friend, and we are staying at my family's vacation home.

Ask Amy: College student wakes up regularly with a nightmare

DEAR AMY: I am at university and value my sleep. I am in love with someone, however, who has the most erratic sleep patterns I've ever seen. Unlike my girlfriend, I cannot take four naps during the day or run indefinitely on two hours of "rest."

Ask Amy: Grandmother frets about questions following divorce

DEAR AMY: I am 65; my husband is 67. My husband has been a step-papa to my grandchildren. How do I and her parents explain the divorce and that he will no longer be in her life?

Ask Amy: Neighbor needs to childproof her driveway

DEAR AMY: My husband and I have three teenage boys. Our neighbors moved in about eight years ago.

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