Houston-based reporter, Sarah Tressler, was fired after a rival newspaper outed her secret life as a stripper.
Tressler, who writes cult-blog Diary of an Angry Stripper, had been working full time as a society reporter for the Houston Chronicle since January but did not reveal her out-of-hours part-time job to employers.
Tressler worked on and off an exotic dancer since 2004, regularly blogging about her exploits, but until last week it hadn't caused her any trouble professionally (she also works as a journalism professor at the University of Houston).
Hadn't caused her any trouble, that is, until a journalist from rival paper, The Houston Press, outed her secret life as a stripper.
“The idea of somebody outing me seemed like it would be like such a mean thing to do that I never thought anybody would do it,” Tressler told Good Morning America during an interview last week. "I guess I was wrong."
The editor of the The Houston Press, Margaret Downing, insisted they were just pursuing a good story. "We aren’t prudes," Downing insisted. "We’re hardly very conservative about these things. We have nothing against strippers. It’s a good story."
Tressler's not letting things get her down, remaining decidedly upbeat while speaking with Good Morning America: "I had three jobs, I lost one of them and now I have two jobs. I was a stripper/reporter/professor and now I’m just a stripper/professor, and I don’t think that’s too bad."
She's even extended an olive branch to the publication that outed her, writing on Twitter: "Hey Richard, Did you get the flowers I sent? You've turned my life upside down, but I still wish you the best."