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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Be There for Her Jun 21, 2018

Dear Annie: I am in middle school, and a girl on my softball team was the victim of a terrible incident. Her dad was killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. She has been heartbroken ever since. I constantly wonder if I can do anything to hel... Read More

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Worried Grandparents Jun 20, 2018

Dear Annie: Our oldest son, "Adam," lives two hours away with his wife, "Eve," and their three children. One child, "Hayden," is Eve's from a prior relationship. She married Adam when the boy was 3. The biological father is irresponsible and alcoholi... Read More

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Modern Peter Pan Jun 19, 2018

Dear Annie: My sweet, kind 33-year-old college-educated husband has regressed into a teenager. He has always been a marijuana user, but a year ago, he befriended "Jake," and now the two of them smoke marijuana daily. They spend their evenings riding ... Read More