Sarah Tressler: Houston Chronicle Society Writer By Day, Stripper By Night (UPDATED)

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Sarah Tressler, at one of her jobs.
It sounds like a bad rom-com book and movie, which no doubt its author hopes it will be -- society reporter for a big-city newspaper by day, stripper by night.

That's apparently the life being led by Sarah Tressler, who began writing society stuff for the Houston Chronicle after Douglas Britt left the paper to begin his own very odd double life.

Tressler blogs, Facebooks and tweets about her life as an "angry stripper." It's all pretty much what you'd expect -- writing in the style that really, really wants to be described as "fearless" and "intelligent" and "funny" and "sexy."

Whether it lives up to that is a matter of taste, we guess.

The Web writings describe her life dancing at local clubs like St. James and The Men's Club.

Her most recent entry, on March 12, talks about how a man who was tipping her as she was dancing accidentally spit some lettuce on her. (Comic relief for the movie!!)

We e-mailed Tressler, 29, but haven't heard back. Her LinkedIn profile says she has a bachelor's from University of Houston -- where she's now an adjunct professor, it says -- and a master's in journalism from NYU. (For what it's worth, there's only one Sarah Tressler in the state with a Texas driver's license, and it shows a Houston address.)

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Her LinkedIn page

She's freelanced for Us magazine and for the Chron since April. Some Chron staffers say she is now full-time, but we couldn't confirm that.

Some of those Chronsters aren't too happy, from what we hear:

Her fellow Chronicle employees have found out and they're furious. Furious 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.

Harsh.

We've asked for reaction from Chron editor Jeff Cohen; Melissa Aguilar, the paper's assistant managing editor for features; and Kyrie O'Connor, who supervised the section before becoming an interim editor at the Chron's sister paper in San Antonio, but haven't heard back from the first two.

O'Connor said she knew "Sarah Tressler as a highly competent freelancer, but I've been out of pocket for quite a while. I understand she may be on staff now, but that's about my limit" of knowledge.

We'll update when we do hear from Cohen, Aguilar or Tressler. Until then, we leave you with Tressler's January 1 blog post, "The 10-Hour Day Yields an Icky Fetish":

I worked from 1:30 to 11:30 last Thursday, which is long enough to hang out with some friends, make some new contacts, eat lunch and pull down about $750. I also had a run-in with one of my least favorite of the weird fetishes: guys who like to have their nipples, um ... bothered.

Foot suckers aside, the nipple guys freak me out the most. I personally hate it when guys try to reach out and rub or tweak mine; getting a dude who likes to have his ... ew ... stroked or pulled or WHATever, gawd, it's so gross. Sorry. And just kind of bumping up against the general area outside the shirt is never enough. They aren't ashamed to lift their shirts up and bare their man-nips, which, incidentally, are usually longer than what may be considered normal, the result of which I can only imagine must be from sexual apparatuses sold at stores like Nasty Pig on W. 19th in Chelsea.

Note: There's a lot of "slut-shaming" allegations in the comments, which is odd, because there's nothing in the item calling anyone a slut. But here's the response I put in, ICYMI:

I don't get the"slut shaming" charge. If you want to be a stripper, fine.

If you want to write for a very conservative, uptight paper -- covering the very powerful, very conservative and straitlaced people the paper so desperately works to keep happy and unruffled -- fine.

If you want to combine the two, it's interesting, to say the least.

Update: The latest tweet from the @AngryStripper account, earlier today: "I have a confession to make: I was a reporter! Please don't hold it against me."

Update II: A source tells us she is no longer with the Chron.


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392 comments
dave918
dave918

Nice slut shaming article pal. 

arrothiel
arrothiel

Her writing doesn't look entertaining, intelligent, or "competent" to me, but then again, neither are most readers, so probably no one knows the difference. I don't care that she's a stripper. I care that she's a terrible writer, and apparently getting paid for it, when I know plenty of PHENOMENAL writers who are currently out of work. Sad.

Michael Varian Daly
Michael Varian Daly

This gonna go Viral, Dick. And she's gonna make more money and be more famous than you'll ever be. *smirk*

jdrch
jdrch

I still don't understand why what people legally and non-competitively do with their own lives on their own time is anyone else's business

Jesus Montes1
Jesus Montes1

it is a moral issue, we are all entitled to our oppinions and if i didnt want to hire someone who i believed morally would misrepresent my company-i would be well within my rights. furthermore her lawsuit implies that shat she was fired based on sexual discrimination im sure if chronicle found out a male reporter was also a stripper he would then be repremended in the same way. all this is bull..

Eatcock
Eatcock

Fuck you, I hope someone spills your personal info and full gritty details the "regular" life you live.

Nasty Strippers
Nasty Strippers

Nasty Strippers 3 days ago in reply to X-Ashley Montana!AGREE AGREE AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes there was a fine line who was dirty and who was not... however that was many many years ago. I wouldn't go so far as to say glamorous, but highly entertaining. Most men walk into what I call the "Fantasy World" dark corners, drinks & naked girls..... but..... if and I said "IF" you guys could grab a chair and sit in the back dressing room "think invisible table and chair" .... man you guys would laugh your asses off!!!!!!!!!!! that is the entertainment that you do not get to see. ahhhh "what if's" This whole deal has been done and done twice.... Gotta tell the truth girls:)FlagEdit Reply

Byron POTTER
Byron POTTER

What this reportor dos on her own time or at another job is no business with that PAPER.

Sancho
Sancho

Why are the ladies so furious, are they uptight church ladies.  Even Jesus forgave Magdalena.

Gonzo
Gonzo

The Houston Press: Bullshit newspaper in the first 3 1/4's of each edition. Prostitution and strip joint promoter in the last section

Queenkratz
Queenkratz

I think all those people who voted no should look at all their skeleton that they have in there closets and dont be so judgemental.

Tkulm96
Tkulm96

i fell if she has a job as a stripper what is the big issue; is it becasue shes a reporter; many people in todays economy work two jobs. Give the girl a break shes doing whats needed to make ends meet to pay her bills. Damn shes hot ontop of that so just leave her alone; ifshe wasnt a reporter no one would give a f--- anyway

Jamie
Jamie

This irony here is that the Houston Press -- a deliberately irreverent, edgy publication that regularly runs ads for various "Gentlemen's clubs" in Houston -- would NEVER caught get with its pants down and hire a writer -- on staff or freelance -- who was moonlighting at a rack shack.  The Press might consider hiring a known stripper on this premise that "this is our stripper/blogger), but they wouldn't hire someone doing this unbeknownst to the staff.

Yes, I know Tressler didn't break the story. She bravely tried to protect her other identity while admirably performing both jobs ::coughbullshitcoughcough::

Jamie
Jamie

I'm no prude, but I never  have been into titty bars. I wasn't sure why, I'd never been able to put my finger on it (bad pun), but this story helped clarify it in my own mind.

For what they do, strippers make too much. I mean, once upon a time, there was the shame factor, and they deserved just compensation for that alone. Now, there's little shame, and they make in one night what a day laborer busts his ass all week to make. And, for the most part, they're not humble about how they've "earned" their pay.

Daily newspaper journalism is dying, yet publications like the Chronicle still justify paying people like Tressler (the writer) to ramble on about nothing. There's a market for it, even in this shrinking business. Fine. Even without her formally secret career, she and most other society writers are the literary equivalent of a stripper, anyway.

But, don't ask me to feel sorry for her or the Chronicle when it blows up like this. Guys in the pressroom regularly get fired for having a little marijuana show up on random tests, yet the Chronicle just allowed an overpaid ho to be a very visible representative for them for a year.

Wear that egg on your face like a pastie, Chronicle.

Recoil444
Recoil444

bottom line all stupidity aside ,,she has the right to do two jobs and stripping makes good money..i  think she should sue the paper for discrimination, 

Jonathan Nathan
Jonathan Nathan

The Houston Press: suppressing dissent by deleting comments!

Jonathan Nathan
Jonathan Nathan

Oh right, it couldn't possibly be slut-shaming, on account of you never used the word "slut." Kind of like how it's impossible to be racist unless you say "I am a racist!"

What a douche. You knew exactly what you were doing. You happy with your life as a "journalist"? I know you wanted bigger things. We all do. You thought you'd be a successful, award-winning journalist at a major newspaper. Instead you're a blogger ruining someone's life because she had the audacity to be a stripper.

John
John

Are they a church news paper? This is America in 2012 right? Anyone nosey enough too know her business can't judge.They should read the news paper; there's some bad things going on in this world that are far more important.

Angry Journalist
Angry Journalist

You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Working as a stripper has nothing — nothing! — to do with her competence as a writer. The Chron choosing to fire her was a huge mistake, even though it's not like they have much to lose anyway. Most of their articles come from unpaid interns and the wire, explaining the awful quality of their reporting. And way to go Houston Press — you support these alternative lifestyles but go out of your way to share the gossip of someone's alternative lifestyle of which you don't approve...or makes for the best story, anyway. She's a working woman and last I checked, there was no 'full disclosure' clause in working for the Chron, which is sinking faster than it can find ways to stay afloat.

Estgar1
Estgar1

Seems to me like she worked with a bunch of jealous people and a bunch of bigots.Being a stripper is not illegal.

So many people are so naive its sickening, accusing her of being a prostitute because she works at a strip club is like accusing a lawyer of being a liar and dishonest for being a lawyer, its like accusing a mechanic of being a crook for being a mechanic... it wasn't so long ago that women were labeled as whores for having kids outside of marriage, what are we now? a middle eastern nation? women have to be covered from head to toes and walk behind their husband? I thought our nation was moving forward not backwards, I blame religion for most of our societies problems, it is already the #1 cause for war, its like religious people can't keep them selves from attacking other people for being different, why is it so hard for people to just leave other people ALONE!? I could go on and on all day, they say homosexuals and atheists and liberals are ruining the American families, but the American family is the one ruining the American family.

Abbey
Abbey

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Jermery Daniels
Jermery Daniels

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Shawn
Shawn

As Ted Kennedy would say, "now bring me a whooore". LOL. She's pretty, but not exceptionally beautiful or anything. You'd think after 8 years and thousands of dollars earned, she could've afforded a boob job, cause as strippers go she's a little light in that department. Also, what's with the i couldn't get a job at Barnes&Noble comment that i read on Yahoo? Couldnt? Or wouldn"t in your mind stoop to that. Oh my god!! Can't slum it with the commoners. What is it with some of these people that makes  them think just because they have a degee that they're special. Having a degree is not a prerequisite for intelligence. If she was that smart or brilliant, how come i never heard of her? Or anyone else outside Houston ever hear of her? I'm sure Woodward and Bernstein are somewhere and thinking wow, she's redefining journalism. Gimme a break. Why don't you just go do a porno

tdscores
tdscores

She can host my luncheon anytime! Im just sayn.. The hell with those snobby old candid socialites who always think they are better than anybody else. They are all probably living of granddad's oil money and havent worked a day in thier life! Sara if you want to work 2 jobs to get ahead in this sociey good for you! At least she has a job and is willing to put in the hours. Good for you Sarah!

Moe Stuuge
Moe Stuuge

So why does the Houston Press feel that it is there business to stick their nose in her personal private life.........

Shame on you

Johnny Nwagwu
Johnny Nwagwu

The fact this is being posed as a legitimate news story is appalling.

mike berger
mike berger

Well, It's a free country, but I don't have much respect for her. It's a pretty sleazy atmosphere..

Lori Mitchell Stokes
Lori Mitchell Stokes

That's an extremely ignorant comment, stripping is NOT an illegal activity as is distributing drugs. Get off your high horse. 

2renontig
2renontig

Certain that her writing skills are more impressive than her speaking ability.  What's with the soft/sweet persona now Sarah?  I noticed that at 4 a.m. you were awake and ready for your television debut as you announced on your Twitter account and while you were awake you "cleaned up" your Angry Stripper blog and removed a lot of evidence of your harsh and mean-spirited self and then followed that up with an announcement that you re-opened the blog!  Where did it all go?  It's not cute what you do and a soft spoken voice is not going to win you empathy.  If it does - it’s among your vacuous fellow strippers, I suppose.  Did you not understand that at the finality of the segment, you were being insulted?  "A bit naive, right," she said!  You are not naive and you certainly are smart enough to know that when you begin posting photographs of yourself on a blog that is recognized by the likes of Maxim that you were not in hiding!  You announced openly on your "slam the industry" blog where exactly you strip your clothes in Houston and you write in the same city?  Why would one even suggest naivety on your part?  Well, a little surprised by your appearance live - not as "classy" as you make your one persona out to be!  By the way, GMA, "high end strip clubs"?  Really?!  Check this out and decide for yourself? http://www.stjamescabaret.com/ 

Beeallen
Beeallen

you call this newsI call it ruin someone's lifefor no reason you are a low life for thisI don't know this girl are anything about herit's just the pointwhy would you do this bullyhope you and Margaret Downing get yours one dayseven times Mr Connelly ( jerk )

Locco_spirit
Locco_spirit

don't judge person by the job they did....try to understand the reason why they did that, they're still humanbeing who had a right to manage their own life

guest34
guest34

Yes, it is 2012!  We have come to learn and even teach our children to be careful about what they post on the internet because it could always come back to haunt them.  More than likely these posters do not have this concern about their own children or even their self!  Yes, employers look online to see what kind of life potential candidates or present employees are living, and if they don't approve, they have the right to fire you or to never even hire you!  If you Google St. James, the first thing you will observe is their very classy telephone number!  Then, you will come across several articles about different raids that occurred at the St. James in regards to drugs and prostitution.  Then, if they did their homework, they will more than likely be really impressed by Ms. Tressler's stories about her 2nd life while surrounding herself with infection, germ ridden brass poles, the fact that she didn't wash her hands prior to the fetish guy sucking her fingers and more than likely they began to gag!  That's all!   It is their right to not employ someone that promotes her stripper blog by making fun of the men who house & feed her!  She says it herself!  It's ironic that so many of these strippers are choosing to defend her while her entire stripper blog belittles those that surround her!  Strippers choose to defend the industry!  I will guarantee that in typical fashion, my response will immediately be followed up by a ginger, bambi or autumn that I am just a fat, ugly and jealous woman!  Come on ladies - that's too transparent of a response and really ignorant!  .I’ve seen the women in the photographs at the St. James and should you not be judging appearance based on a difference of opinion from a non-stripper woman? I would say not, considering those giant dirty fur boots you are flaunting and some of your mug shots - Geez!  Bambies of the world just agree to disagree!  Then really really read Sarah's blog and maybe then you will realize that is writing about all of you and its not pretty!!  She belittles the clients, the industry, the strippers, and the waitresses - all of you!  Stop defending her and hey, spray those poles every once in a while. Yuck!

RichardC55
RichardC55

Gee, Mr. Connelly, why is it you seem to take so much delight in writing what looks like a hatchet piece about a writer for a competitor?  Could it be a bit of professional jealousy?  After all, the Barnacle ... er, I mean the Chronicle is the bigger paper in town.  If the young lady wants to strip for a second income, why not just keep your mouth shut and your keyboard waiting for a real story.  And as for those "ladies who lunch"?  More than likely, Ms. Tressler and her sisters in g-strings are "familiar" with more than a few of their husbands.

I spent several years working in staff positions at universities where I ended up knowing a lot of others' secrets.  More young women than most would ever guess have, at one point or another in their lives, paid the bills by doing what others think scandalous, and generally out of at least a perceived sense of necessity.  I often found such young ladies to be more honest, better grounded, and just plain nicer people than many of those who spent their time waving their Bibles at people.  I don't recommend stripping, etc., to anyone.  Such things have an emotional and psychological price.  But, those who pass judgement on others often do more harm than those providing "services" just to get by.

soldier
soldier

The world needs more strippers period, I live in the woodlands we need a strip club !!!

Stewblue2
Stewblue2

just another cunt starved for attention trying to create a persona for herself. I'm over these "celebrity wannabes" with zero talent (i.e. Kim Kard....) doing something controversial and wind up making millions they never deserve. Over it... 

Dirk Diggler
Dirk Diggler

What the Houston Comical " a very conservative, uptight newspaper'?Which world are you living in?The only local paper farer left than the Comical is the Houston Press ( at least the Press is free).

Disappointed
Disappointed

What a shitty thing to do.  I will avoid your column/columns in the future.  You should be ashamed of yourself.

Me
Me

 I'm sorry but me stripping for a bunch of pigs is no job. It's giving in.

GOD
GOD

 Cuz shes a prostitute. Stripper is just a cover for prostitute. Think about it, lapdance for $20? It's not a long walk to screwing for $100.

Tunnel Mole
Tunnel Mole

I saw the GMA thing...EIGHT years as a dancer?! The job changes you. No doubt she was so open about it because it would contribute to being "outed." And she can play victim while signing a lucrative book/movie/talk show deal.

But she ought to chuck all that and become the PR person for titty dancers everywhere, because going by their reaction to this story, they'll line right up, with their inciteful comments (I did not mean "insightful." I meant they are using language that incites violence, one of the areas of speech not fully protected under the First Amendment).

Any society reporter is on some level acting as a PR person for their publication, covering the richest and most influential people. It's hilarious for a titty dancer to break into that. A titty dancer currently dancing. The Houston Chronicle might do well to replace her with a former dancer, i.e.,  a plastic surgeon's wife who now travels in society circles, to cover that beat. It's not as if you need real journalism credentials for that job. (Pole dancing probably is a pretty good background for the society beat.)

Maybe dancing itself isn't amoral per se -- that's for us all to judge individually -- but it usually takes place in an unsavory, "anything goes" milieu. And that's the "nicer" places, as well.

What kills me is that at the end of the segment, she says she still has two jobs, one being a "professor." Does she give lap dances to her students? Shouldn't it be the other way around, kind of a "Grind for Grades" deal? Anyway, it's a black eye for UH, as well, which is trying so desperately to escape the commuter college rep.

Figgy Jones
Figgy Jones

LOVE the quadruple haiku! If that's what it is. It may just be a threat, without any regard for poetry.

Baby Snails
Baby Snails

Do we have to have any ladies waving ANYthing at us, be it Bibles or titties?

If the author went to the club and got shot down, then "exposed" how the stripper was exposing herself, that would be different. Otherwise, it's doubtful that there's any personal opinion injected at all.

Ha! I said injected!!

annoying
annoying

"Cunt starved for attention?" Are you referring to Richard Connelly or the subject of this piece that didn't out herself?

Costasv73
Costasv73

I think it's a little off base to say that the people she worked for and covered were "straitlaced". I know a few people in those circles and I would say they are anything but...

Cliff Notes
Cliff Notes

The *Paper* she worked for was straitlaced, ie the Chron.Not the johns at the clubs. 

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