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

Dad worries son's life might go to pot

DEAR AMY: My 18-year-old son started college this year. I have asked him to stop many times but he chooses to continue to smoke. I know if I kick him out and take the car away he will drop everything he's been working for.

Long distance doesn't quiet voice of doom

DEAR AMY: I am having trouble communicating with my mom. I work and usually attend school, but I decided to take a break this semester.

Woman treats friend like a spare tire

DEAR AMY: I'm a woman in my late 20s. He does little things for me, like dropping off soup when I'm sick or sending me flowers. I think I would date him some day.

Long ago abuse haunts survivor

DEAR AMY: My sister's ex-husband tried to molest me from the time I was 11 years old until I was 17. He divorced my sister after abusing her, which resulted in her trying to commit suicide and being committed to a hospital for several months.

Woman dreads telling parents she's pregnant

DEAR AMY: Recently my husband and I decided we wanted to have another baby. This would normally be a happy occasion, but the problem is my parents.

Life is perfect, but the toddler must go!

DEAR AMY: I recently joined a wonderful family when I married a great man. Everything's perfect -- except for his nephew.

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