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Amy Dickinson (born November 6, 1959[1]) is an American newspaper columnist who writes the syndicated advice column, Ask Amy.

Amy Dickinson in 2010

Dickinson succeeds the late Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer) as the Chicago Tribune's signature advice columnist. Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Dickinson (a distant relative of the poet Emily Dickinson) penned a column on family issues for Time 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's Sunday Morning.

Dickinson, who grew up on a small dairy farm in Freeville, New York, currently splits her time between Freeville and Chicago. Her daughter Emily is a college student. 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.

Tribune Media Services syndicates Ask Amy to newspapers around the world.

Dickinson also serves as a regular panelist on the radio game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! that is distributed by National Public Radio, and is a regular featured guest on Talk of the Nation.

On August 16, 2008, Dickinson married Bruno Schickel, a builder from Dryden, New York. They had known each other since childhood. Their wedding was covered by The New York Times.

On February 3, 2009, Dickinson's Memoir, The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them, was released by Hyperion Books. It reached The New York Times bestseller list on February 22, 2009, debuting at number 16.

On April 15, 2009, Dickinson wrote in her column, "Through time, continual co-sleeping tends to perpetuate rather than calm a child's fears. The message the child receives is that the nighttime world is too frightening to face independently." This was in answer to a letter asking whether a parent should continue to co-sleep with their child.


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