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.

August 1, 2021 Aug 01, 2021

Dear Annie: My daughter graduated from high school in June. "Kaitlin" has a serious boyfriend, and they spend almost all of their time at our house. My husband says a 10 p.m. curfew is sufficient time to say goodnight, regardless of whether it's a M... Read More

July 31, 2021 Jul 31, 2021

Dear Annie: I have three children under the age of 10. When our oldest two were very young, my husband and I asked my brother, "Ned," and his wife to be the guardians of our children, even though they lived in another state. We chose them over my sis... Read More

July 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

Dear Annie: My best friend and I are widows in our 70s. "Agatha" has suddenly gone gaga over a widower who wants her to move into his place, pay rent, and split the grocery and utility bills. He will take care of the garage, yard and car, and she wil... Read More

July 29, 2021 Jul 29, 2021

Dear Annie: Our son, "Cody," is 11 years old and a good boy. This was his first year competing on the school track team, and he did well, mostly third-place finishes and one second. We could not attend his last track meet, and when I picked him up, h... Read More