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

Can wife date when spouse has Alzheimer's?

DEAR AMY: My husband and I have been together for 27 years. My husband has been stricken with Alzheimer's disease. Words cannot describe the heartbreak of watching him slip away. I recently met a man who knows about the situation with my husband.

Boss' treatment takes toll on worker

DEAR AMY: When I graduated from college I had no choice but to take the first full-time job offered to me. For the last nine months I have been working as a bookkeeper. My supervisor is a micromanager who causes me a great deal of stress.

Business partners didn't leave it at the office

DEAR AMY: Three years ago my wife left a large firm to start a business along with her mentor from the firm. Fast-forward three years. Over time, my interaction with her business partner, "Danny," got increasingly strained.

Elderly father-in-law is verbally abusive toward wife

DEAR AMY: My father-in-law is a hard-working, no-nonsense, retired ex-engineer who carried a lot of responsibility at the company where he used to work.

Affair partner wants to come clean. Should she?

DEAR AMY: I was dating someone on and off for five years.

Aunt feels invisible with no acknowledgment

DEAR AMY: In yesterday's mail we received a birth announcement of a new great-nephew, addressed only to my husband.

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