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Herald welcomes Ann Landers’ successor

By The Herald Staff | 5/21/2014

A new advice columnist is gracing the Lifestyle pages during the next few weeks as The Herald tests out Amy Dickinson’s popular “Ask Amy: Advice for the Real World” syndicated column.

Dickinson is the Chicago Tribune’s signature advice columnist, succeeding the legendary Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer) at the newspaper. When Landers died in 2002, Dickinson took over the position in some newspapers that carried “Ask Ann Landers,” while other newspapers, like The Herald, chose to use the “Annie’s Mailbox” column by longtime Ann Landers editors Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar.

A new advice columnist is gracing the Lifestyle pages during the next few weeks as The Herald tests out Amy Dickinson’s popular “Ask Amy: Advice for the Real World” syndicated column.

Dickinson is the Chicago Tribune’s signature advice columnist, succeeding the legendary Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer) at the newspaper. When Landers died in 2002, Dickinson took over the position in some newspapers that carried “Ask Ann Landers,” while other newspapers, like The Herald, chose to use the “Annie’s Mailbox” column by longtime Ann Landers editors Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar.

“Ask Amy” effectively would replace the “Annie’s Mailbox” column in The Herald.

“Newspaper advice columns not only entertain; they leave a lasting legacy among readers who build relationships with the columnists,” Tommy Felts, Herald managing editor, said. “Dickinson has developed a healthy following over the past decade — readers who are excited by her advice and responses to readers problems. She offers a unique perspective and insight we think Herald readers will appreciate.”

As an advice columnist, Dickinson 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, according to her Chicago Tribune bio. Her advice is rooted in honesty and trust, traits she applies to her writing and her life, as well as her experiences as a single parent and member of a large, extended family, the bio reads.

“Amy understands the personal issues affecting millions of people in their everyday lives and offers grounded advice for healthy, lasting relationships,” Gerould Kern, Chicago Tribune editor, said. “She’s also a terrific storyteller.”

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.” She also has appeared as a social commentator on CBS’ “Sunday Morning.”

Dickinson, who grew up on a small dairy farm in New York, lives in Chicago with her teenage daughter, according to her bio. 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.

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