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

Pregnant woman may be addicted to pain medication

DEAR AMY: My brother's wife is pregnant and I'm concerned for the health of the baby. My fiance and I are worried about what can happen to the unborn child with all the drugs she is taking.

Bowlers roll gutter ball in choice to exclude

DEAR AMY: What is the "PC" way to exclude the developmentally disabled from an organized group? I run a bowling league.

Father fears stepson has been caught by a 'cougar'

DEAR AMY: I have a stepson who has been dating and living with a "cougar" since he was 23 years old. She is a nice person but I don't know why he stays with her when he is a handsome guy and a lot of girls think he looks like Bradley Cooper.

Stepdaughter's tantrums create family challenge

DEAR AMY: I have a lovely 16-year-old stepdaughter. Recently she has developed a lot of anger issues and has loud, tantrum-like outbursts where she curses out her dad and says very hurtful things to him. A month later she did it again.

Long-lost loves don't quite connect

DEAR AMY: A year ago I started a relationship with "Joe." I make him a priority in my life but he does not reciprocate, though he says I'm very important to him. At bedtime he will send a text and say, "I'm beat, going to bed, good night.

Parents wonder how to discourage teasing

DEAR AMY: My husband and I have a bright, social and engaging 5-year-old daughter.

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