For more than 15 years, veteran news anchor Laurie Dhue lived a double life, struggling with acute alcoholism while holding down several high profile broadcasting jobs for Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC. Her addiction nearly killed her-- until one day she decided to save her life. She has been clean and sober for more than five years and shares her experience, strength and hope to help shed light on a disease that affects tens of millions of Americans. By overcoming her greatest fear, living without alcohol, Laurie is a testament to the power of determination, willingness, honesty and love. Happy, joyous and free, Laurie is living a life beyond her wildest dreams, thanks to her journey of recovery. Her courageous story will inspire you.
You Have to Surrender to Win: Climbing Your Way Out of Rock Bottom
From the heights of TV news stardom to the depths of despair in her darkest periods of alcoholism, Laurie Dhue shares her courageous story of getting--and staying—clean and sober. In this inspirational speech, Dhue offers insight into her battle with a nearly 20-year addiction and how she finally surrendered to the process of recovery from a disease that would have eventually killed her. Through her brave and passionate story, Laurie shows audiences that through failure and fear comes humility—and eventually triumph. Watch a clip from this powerful presentation...
Addiction as a Modern Health Crisis
Every 14 seconds, someone dies from one of the biggest healthcare issues in this country: addiction. This disease costs America half a trillion dollars a year in lost wages, lost productivity, hospitalization, institutionalization and incarceration, not to mention liver failure, heart disease and cancer. Addiction doesn't discriminate: it touches every American family in one way or another. In this speech, veteran broadcast journalist and recovering alcoholic Laurie Dhue reveals how drug and alcohol abuse is ravaging this country, and provides insight into what can, and should be done to battle this epidemic. Watch a video clip ...
Laurie Dhue is the only anchor to have hosted shows on the three primary cable news networks: CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. She spent nearly eight years at Fox News, where she hosted the highly rated Fox Report weekend edition and appeared weekly on The O'Reilly Factor and Geraldo at Large. During her tenure at Fox News, Dhue reported extensively from the Middle East, including Jordan, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. She also served as the voice of the official launch of Fox News Radio and anchored evening news updates for several years.
In her 21-year career, Dhue has interviewed countless international leaders as well as politicians, celebrities, and newsmakers. She has covered every major news event since the early 1990s as a writer, producer, reporter, and anchor. She has moderated discussions on a wide variety of foreign and domestic topics, including a panel at the United Nations, and has given speeches at numerous symposiums and universities.
A recovering alcoholic with nearly six years of continuous sobriety, Dhue is a member of the Caron Foundation's New York Advisory Board and also serves on the board of the National Youth Recovery Foundation. A former media adviser to Hazelden, she is editor-at-large for Renew Magazine. Since going public with her alcoholism in early 2011, Dhue has traveled from coast to coast as a recovery advocate, giving speeches and emceeing events on behalf of Hazelden, the Caron Foundation, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Foundations Recovery Network, the McShin Foundation, and the Core Company, among other organizations. She has moderated discussions at national conferences including the Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness.
Laurie has also worked closely with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to raise public awareness of the importance of supporting recovery.