Society writer by day, stripper by night

Sarah Tressler (LinkedIn photo)

Houston Chronicle society writer Sarah Tressler moonlights as a stripper, reports Houston Press’s Richard Connelly, who hears that her newsroom colleagues aren’t pleased. His source says it’s “because she barely bothers to conceal her identity and they’re worried about the reaction from the ‘ladies who lunch’ when they inevitably find out that they’ve been hosting an active stripper at their benefits. And furious because she “flaunts” her “stripper money” around the office in the form of expensive designer clothes and handbags. And furious because the Chron staff feels like she’s just using them as fodder for a future roman a clef.”

I called Tressler (@chrongossipgirl), got her voice-mail, and left a message inviting comment.

* Houston Chronicle society writer by day, stripper by night
* “Diary of an Angry Stripper” on Facebook



  1. A. Villafranca said:

    At my first newspaper job, the only other Hispanic working in the building was Happy Gonzalez, the janitor. I remember a distinguished African American reporter recalling his days at the Philadelphia Inquirer where he was the only reporter of color working in the newsroom. He said he had never felt more lonely in his life. Now, I think of the hard work of women struggling to claim their place at newspapers. Initially, they were regulated to the “Society pages,” and not allowed to report on crime, city government or the courts, much less hold management positions in the newsroom. I have nothing against this reporter or her choice to do what she wants after hours. But I am repulsed by her “flaunt it if you got it” attitude she exhibits among co-workers, some of whom no doubt remember how hard it was to be taken seriously early in their careers. And even more outrageous is that cowards like Houston Chronicle editor Jeff Cohen do nothing. I bet, however, he walks by her desk as often as possible to compliment her on her dress while thinking of her undressed. Journalists who were once part of a proud tradition should cry out in protest. This is not a blemish on the profession, it is a foul stain whose stench will last long in America.

  2. jt said:

    Well at least the woman has one respectable job, the stripping.

  3. If Cohen puts a morals clause on her, then he better get ready to do it for every single other editorial staffer as well. Foul stain is a bit dramatic, don’t you think?

  4. I wonder what they find more repulsive, the fact that someone in their profession is flaunting material goods that they themselves cannot afford, or the fact that she earned the money from stripping?

    Mary is quite right regarding the morals clause. Will they then be able to prevent people from flaunting their extra marital affairs? What about obvious lack of sound decision making after hours?

    What Ms. Tressler does as part time work is legal. How her co-workers feel about her personally is unfortunate. Perhaps they should get out there and get a part time jobs of their own.

  5. Johdus said:

    Good lord people, you know every one of those crunched-up bills was going to pay back the loans on that NYU j-school degree.