Ex-Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue made a shocking admission at conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas‘s prayer dinner tonight at the Washington Hilton. The dinner precedes Thursday morning’s Prayer Breakfast.
Dhue, one of the evening’s four spiritual speakers, took to the podium of the basement banquet room to tell her story. She admitted her alcoholism publicly for the first time tonight.
“Yes, I would drag myself into work deeply hungover,” she told a rapt audience. “I was cheating my employer and God.”
Dhue, who left Fox News in 2008, offered a snapshot of the gory details: “I thought I had to drink myself into oblivion several times a week. In New York, that was very easy. “I really thought I had to live that way. I suffered in silence. I lived in constant fear. On the inside I was dying….I lived with shame and guilt and a lot of terror.”
Through tears, Dhue told a mostly born-again Christian crowd that she still struggles and still faces the uncertainty of being unemployed. “God takes care of me because he loves me just as he loves all of you,” she said. “God loved me back to life.”
As is the case with many self revelations, one day she looked in the mirror. “I didn’t recognize the woman who was looking back at me,” she recalled. She knelt down and prayed, “It’s over God, but I need your help.”
That was four years ago. She has since found the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
“Prayer to me is like breathing,” she said, admitting that times are tough and that she lost two jobs since getting sober.