About Kathy Mitchell

Kathy Mitchell

Kathy Mitchell

Kathy Mitchell grew up in Marion, Ind. She moved to Chicago in 1969 at the age of 19, where she applied for a job at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kathy was immediately placed in the office of Eppie Lederer, aka Ann Landers, where she worked as a typist. Two years later, Kathy became one of Ann's personal secretaries. "I loved it," Kathy says. "It was quite an experience. Time flies when you're having a good time."

Over the years, Kathy gained more and more responsibility, becoming Eppie's personal assistant and office manager. She handled public relations, scheduled her speeches, traveled with her to events, kept track of her mail, and helped hunt down expert advice and do other research for the world-famous advice column. "I had to become a very good sleuth," Kathy confesses. "It is the key to writing the column."

Now, with Annie's Mailbox, Kathy and longtime friend and fellow officemate Marcy Sugar work together hand in hand, gathering the essential information that makes an advice column truly special.

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September 28, 2020 Sep 28, 2020

Dear Annie: Recently, new neighbors moved in next door. They seem nice. The problem is, the husband smokes on their porch, which is on the side of their house and only a few yards from ours. It is close enough that we can smell cigarette smoke in our... Read More

September 27, 2020 Sep 27, 2020

Dear Annie: I am a divorced dad and my 20-something son, "Adam," is deeply troubled. He lacks drive and ambition, and he also drinks and uses drugs. Worse, he is a chronic liar. I reached the end of my rope and arranged to send him to a rehab facili... Read More

September 26, 2020 Sep 26, 2020

Dear Annie: My brother and I are both in our 60s, and we phone each other regularly. My problem is, over the years, I have been fortunate and, though not wealthy, am pretty well-off. My brother, however, has barely eked out a living for himself and ... Read More

September 25, 2020 Sep 25, 2020

Dear Annie: After five years of dating, my fiance and I have purchased a house and are in the process of moving in together. Everything is going well, except for one thing: "Walter" does not want me to bring any of the furniture my mother gave me. M... Read More