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

Test results leave parents thrilled but confused

DEAR AMY: My 7-year-old daughter just had a psychological/educational assessment and her results put her in the 99.6 percentile in cognitive ability.

When should you tell the kids about a previous marriage?

DEAR AMY: My husband and I married in our mid-30s after we both had a number of serious relationships. We now have two great children ages 11 and 7 and I wonder: When is the best way to tell them their father was married before?

Roomie's infidelity drives friend up the wall

DEAR AMY: I recently found out that my roommate cheated on his girlfriend with one of our co-workers. When I confronted him about his unfaithfulness he was honest and forthcoming.

When the affair leads to marriage, is it right to celebrate?

DEAR AMY: One of my female family members -- unmarried and in her 50s -- recently disclosed to our large family that she has been having an affair with a married man for 30-plus years. Her announcement was prompted by the recent death of his wife.

Abuser and abused might meet at family wedding

DEAR AMY: Five years ago a male cousin sexually abused a younger male cousin. The abuser was just released. Do you think it is appropriate for the offender to be invited? My concern is for the victim.

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."

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