Laurie Dhue – Fairbanks Circle of Hope Keynote Speaker 2013

For more than 15 years, veteran news anchor Laurie Dhue lived a double life, struggling with 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!
Veteran news anchor Laurie Dhue is a New York-based TV broadcaster and media strategist. As Founder and President of Laurie Dhue Media, she provides media relations counsel, print and broadcast interview training and presentation coaching to a wide variety of clients.

Dhue is the only anchor to have hosted shows on the three primary cable news networks: CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel. Dhue 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.

Before joining Fox News Channel, Dhue hosted several shows on MSNBC and served as substitute news anchor on NBC’s "Weekend Today Show." Dhue began her broadcasting career at CNN, working her way from entry-level to anchor in just six years, becoming one of the youngest full-time anchors in the network’s history.

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. Dhue has moderated discussions on a wide variety of topics, both foreign and domestic, including a panel at the United Nations and has given speeches at numerous symposia and universities.

A recovering alcoholic with five-and-a-half years of continuous sobriety, Dhue is a media advisor and spokesperson for Hazelden and a member of the Caron Foundation’s New York Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of The National Youth Recovery Foundation and is an 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, Caron, Faces & Voices of Recovery, Foundations Recovery Network, The McShin Foundation and The Core Company among other organizations. She has moderated discussions at national conferences including JMATE.

Dhue hails from Atlanta. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was an Academic All-American, a member of the Varsity Swimming team and a member of The Loreleis, an a capella singing group.