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

How to heal after an affair? Apologize, to start

DEAR AMY: My husband of 34 years had an affair with a co-worker, lasting for a year. With the aid of a therapist, I confronted him, and he said the whole affair was a terrible idea, and that he wanted our marriage to stay together.

Foster parents struggle with questions after loss

DEAR AMY: My husband and I have been foster parents to a sibling group of three young children for the past year and a half.

Breakup paves bumpy path for devastated man

DEAR AMY: I am in my 30s. I spent two months in excruciating pain. During this whole transition phase, I started reading online articles about "how to get over your ex." I started working out again and am now in pretty good shape.

Husband's habit puts marriage at risk

DEAR AMY: I have been married for almost 10 years and have caught my husband with various forms of pornography. I say he is cheating; he says he's done nothing wrong. Who's right?

Blended family experience is not a smoothie

DEAR AMY: My husband has two children from a previous marriage. Recently my husband decided it would be a good idea to take only his children away on a vacation.

Toxic, bickering parents worry young adult

DEAR AMY: My parents are in their late 60s and early 70s, and to say they "bicker like an old married couple" would be a huge understatement. I've tried telling them it's both of their faults, that if one isn't starting something, it's the other.

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