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

Man's best friend violates him -- and the friendship

DEAR AMY: I'm a 28-year-old straight male. A couple of months ago my girlfriend of four years ended our relationship and I was crushed. After that night I thought everything was OK between us.

Cancer diagnosis brings wrong kind of 'help'

DEAR AMY: There is a strong likelihood that I am going to be diagnosed with cancer soon, when test results come back. If I do have cancer, my parents will want to come out to where we live and "help."

Wife's secret chats lead husband to worry

DEAR AMY: My wife and I have been married for 20 years. I just went through my own minor midlife crisis and will admit that I should have been a better listener and more supportive to her this past year.

Family is family, except on Facebook

DEAR AMY: My husband's sister-in-law's posts on Facebook are extremely offensive, insulting and aggressive, often personally directed at those who do not agree with her.

Daughter does not 'heart' anniversary gift

DEAR AMY: For my first wedding anniversary, my mom got us a crystal paperweight in the shape of a heart. My mom is a keepsake person; we are not. On the phone I thanked my mom for the gift and said it was lovely that we appreciated the gift.

Boyfriend hits harasser, girlfriend not pleased

DEAR AMY: I have been dating a great lady for about five months now. As we were leaving, my girlfriend said she wanted to tell me something but wanted to wait until after we separated from the couple.

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