For The Record host Laurie Dhue opens up about her 15-year battle with alcoholism

Veteran broadcast journalist Laurie Dhue is one of the newest members of TheBlaze team. She joins TheBlaze as host of the investigative news magazine For The Record and she will do other anchoring and reporting projects for the network.

Laurie’s career has taken her from MSNBC to CNN to NBC to Fox News. But throughout her very successful rise, Laurie harbored a secret – she was an alcoholic. While she initially kept her 15-year battle with alcoholism and treatment private, Laurie is now vocal about her struggle and recovery.

Last week, Laurie sat down with Katie Couric on her daytime talk show Katie to discuss how she was able to keep her alcoholism a secret and why she ultimately chose to seek help.

Much like the audience who had grown accustomed to listening to Laurie’s news reports, Katie said she was shocked to learn Laurie was living what she described as a “double life.”

“How did you keep it together,” Katie asked.

“I don’t know how I kept it going for as long as I did,” Laurie said candidly. “When I think about the way I drank and trying to keep a full time job with a television network, I don’t know how I got out of bed everyday, frankly. It is hard enough getting out of bed some days anyway, but when you are dealing with a major hangover -sometimes I look back on that and think, I can’t believe that was my life. I had no control over what I was doing. My motto was: Work hard; play hard… I really had this impetuous attitude toward it.”

When Laurie first revealed that she had sought treatment for alcoholism, questions flooded in as to whether or not she had been drunk during her broadcasts. While she admitted to Katie that she was regularly “hung over,” she reiterated that she was never drunk on air.

“What you were getting was probably a hung over person,” Laurie said. “Seemingly, from the outside, I had it all. In reality, I had nothing.”

She revealed that she was drunk, however, when she met President George W. Bush.

“I was fairly drunk when I met President Bush. This is something I have never said publically, so I am telling you that I had a pretty big buzz going when I met President George W. Bush,” Laurie explained. “I was invited to a small reception, and I got the chance to meet him. But there was no way I was going to do that sober, so I had a few pops in my room at the Washington Hilton before I went downstairs, and there it was.”

Rock bottom for Laurie came through a series of embarrassing moments – from getting into a drunken fight with a “really good friend” to making a “blackout phone call” to a man she was dating at the time. But it was when she found out her sister was pregnant that she decided it was time to turn her life around.

“And my sister was pregnant. It was this unborn baby, who is now my 6-year-old nephew, who was really the deciding factor for me because I never wanted this unborn baby to see me drunk. So I like to say that my nephew Robert saved my life,” Laurie said.

Her treatment included visiting a psychiatrist and a 12-step program.

“First, I went and saw a psychiatrist who specialized in addiction, and he said, ‘I can help you with this, but first you have to admit you actually have a problem,’” Laurie explained. “And for years and years I though, Oh, I have a little drinking problem. I am not an alcoholic. But once I said the word out loud, he said, ‘Ok, that’s the first step. Now you can get treatment.’ And I went into a 12-step program.”

Laurie has been sober since March 14, 2007. Her partner, Joe Schrank, is also in recovery and is the CEO of Rebound Brooklyn, an abstinence based recovery program. The two are parents to their foster son Andrew and Joe’s son Paolo.

“Thank you for talking about this because I think it takes a lot of guts,” Katie said. “If there is someone out there watching and they are hearing your story and they are think, I am a lot like Laurie was, what would you tell them?”

“Recovery is possible. It works,” Laurie said emphatically. “Help is out there, and hope is out there. You are not alone.”

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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