About Marcy Sugar

Marcy Sugar

Marcy Sugar

Born and raised in Chicago, Marcy Sugar graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1973 with a major in mass communications. While visiting an old friend who was principal of an area secretarial school, she learned of an opening in Ann Landers' office at the Chicago Sun-Times. Having been a fan of the column for years, Marcy was intrigued by the position. She met with Eppie Lederer and was hired immediately.

Marcy began her work in the office by doing basic research and clerical tasks, then she moved into bookkeeping. She also worked with Kathy on Eppie's speaking engagements and helped dig up useful information and opinions to add to the column.

In 1979, Marcy left Ann Landers' office to raise a family. She came back to work part-time for Eppie in her new office at the Chicago Tribune in 1988. Her duties quickly blossomed into a full-time position, working as Eppie's editorial assistant. She helped select letters, research answers and edit them into column format, although she continued to arrange her hours so she could be with her children after school. Marcy has been married to a prominent Chicago attorney for over 30 years. They have three sons.

Marcy and Kathy are now teamed up to provide answers to "Dear Annie " letters from across the country. Together they select and research questions, then write their advice with a one-of-a-kind modern voice.

September 29, 2020 Sep 29, 2020

Dear Annie: I am a 20-year-old male who currently lives with my parents. I just started my first year of college. Both of my parents have prescriptions to Xanax. When I was 15, I took a few from my dad's bottle. My parents labeled me a thief and an ... Read More

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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