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.

Just the Facts, Ma'am: Judgmental Parents Don't Need the Dating Deets Jul 23, 2019

Dear Annie: I am 37 and divorced. I identify myself as bisexual and try to live my dating life very privately. The problem is, my parents are quite judgmental and racist. I dare not say anything about my dating partners, who are of either gender and... Read More

Boorish Son-in-Law, or Something More Sinister? Jul 22, 2019

Dear Annie: We live five hours from our daughter, "Barbara," her husband, "Seth," and their two kids. We visit them once a year. Seth completely ignores us. The last time we arrived, our daughter and grandchildren hugged us, but Seth sat with his ba... Read More

Keeping His Distance From Autistic Grandson Jul 21, 2019

Dear Annie: My significant other of 20 years is a great guy, and he's been wonderful to me. Here's the problem: "Bob" has an 11-year-old autistic grandson. Every time we have taken "Russell" on vacation with us, it hasn't exactly been relaxing. I am ... Read More