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

Girlfriend bothered by boyfriend's nude habits

DEAR AMY: I've been dating a guy for two months. We almost never argue, but there are two things I can't get over. The first problem is that my boyfriend is naked a lot when he's at home.

Should this optimist stay with her depressed partner?

DEAR AMY: I'm a single mother of three who has been dating a single father of three, on and off, for just over a year. I'm quite independent and levelheaded, with a positive outlook on life. This relationship is an emotional roller coaster.

Father-son estrangement needs a hero to heal

DEAR AMY: My grown son has chosen to not speak to me for the past five years. He is a police officer and the oldest of four.

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