Former Cable News Anchor Laurie Dhue: ‘Now that the genie is out of the bottle, I just want to help people’


By Molly Stark Dean Comment

Meredith Vieira sat down with Laurie Dhue this morning to talk about her now public struggle with alcoholism. Dhue spoke about her disease last week at a prayer dinner in Washington hosted by conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas. She said publicly to the group: “Yes, I would drag myself into work deeply hungover.”

In the “Today” interview this morning, Dhue said that she “certainly didn’t know anybody was going to be writing about it.”

FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein — who reported on the dinner last week — notes that neither Dhue nor Vieira should be shocked that reporters would be there and that they would report on her coming out as an alcoholic. Dhue holds the distinction of being the only anchor to have hosted shows on all  three major U.S. cable news networks: CNN where she worked from 1990 to 1999, MSNBC (1999-2000), and Fox News (2000-2008).

Video from this morning’s “Today is after the jump…