Laurie Dhue: Overcoming Addiction

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article
on August 13, 2013
Laurie Dhue

What happened to Laurie Dhue since she left Fox News?
—Don Graystone, Omaha, Neb.

Dhue, 44, never left TV journalism, but rather was involved part time, until now, as she is back full time with two new jobs.

One is “Over the Hump,” a live, interactive, weekly talk show for Veria Living, which each Wednesday addresses an issue of concern to the general population, such as body image, divorce and breakups, or addiction and recovery.

“For me it is a dream come true,” says the Chapel Hill, N.C. native. “I have been waiting for the opportunity to host a show like this for years. This is a show where I get to be me, which as a journalist, who has been in TV for 23 years, is very exciting.”

Dhue has made no secret of the fact that she is a recovering alcoholic since being outed by a reporter in 2011 after a talk at what was supposed to be an off-the-record event. In hindsight, she says it was blessing in disguise. But when she first heard the news, Dhue, who had been sober for about four years at that point, says, “I was scared. I was nervous. I thought people were going to shun me and I would never work again, when the opposite happened.”

As a result, Dhue currently speaks at conventions, conferences and special events on the subject of addiction and enjoys being able to help others.

In addition, she works on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze network fulltime as anchor for TheBlaze TV News. Dhue, who has hosted shows on the three primary cable news networks (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel), will also continue to host the network’s documentary series, “For the Record.”

It’s a lot to take on, but Dhue says she isn’t concerned.

“I stay sober one day at a time,” she says. “I don’t worry about tomorrow. I don’t worry about, ‘I’m never going to be able to drink again.’ I worry about staying sober and staying away from a drink one day at a time. I, actually, am not tempted anymore because I know how much I have to lose. My life is great today. It is so much better than it was 6½ years ago.”