North Carolina Paper Reinstates ‘Annie’s Mailbox’

By: E&P Staff

The Greensboro, N.C., News & Record has brought back “Annie’s Mailbox,” the Creators Syndicate advice column by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar.

In November, the newspaper began running “Ask Amy” — by Amy Dickinson of Tribune Media Services — on a trial basis and asked readers which column they preferred. More than 600 readers called, and “Annie’s Mailbox” won by 100-plus votes.

The News & Record said “Annie’s Mailbox” fans felt “Ask Amy” was “too wordy,” while “Ask Amy” fans felt “Annie’s Mailbox” was “out of touch.”

Both columns are successors, in a way, to Ann Landers’ feature. Mitchell and Sugar were assistants to the Creators-distributed Landers, while Dickinson was chosen to replace Landers at the late columnist’s home newspaper — the Chicago Tribune. Dickinson then entered syndication with Tribune Media.

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