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

Wronged husband wants to tell the other wife

DEAR AMY: My wife and I are separating after 13 years of marriage. I believe her lack of interest in working on our marital issues is tied to the fact that there is someone else already in her life, who has taken her focus away from "us."

Crowdfunding requests create conflicts for readers

DEAR AMY: Today I received an email from my 28-year-old nephew, a young man I like very much. The email outlined Tom's participation in an excursion to two gay-unfriendly countries.

Granddad shares theories about fearful grandson

DEAR AMY: My almost 13-year-old grandson stays overnight at our house and always wants his grandmother to sleep with him because he is "afraid." We live in a "55 and over" community that is very secure.

'Gender fluid' identification brings on fashion fits

DEAR AMY: My 16-year-old daughter identifies as "gender fluid." When she dresses masculine, she wears a breast binder under her clothing.

Sham wedding makes faux out of friends

DEAR AMY: A friend of 15 years had her wedding this past fall. In my recent phone conversation with the "bride," she slipped up and I learned the couple were never legally married. The groom's cousin performed the fake ceremony.

Friend's electric car jolts longtime friendship

DEAR AMY: I have a friend of about 40 years who has an expensive electric sports car. I did some research and it appears that a recharge costs about $5 or $6 in electricity.

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