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Reporter fired for stripping says the two jobs are more alike than you’d think

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Different dateline: Tressler says her two careers overlap more than you might think.

Sarah Tressler knows a thing or two about getting tips—both the kind from sources and the kind from strip club patrons.

The 30-year-old former society columnist for the Houston Chronicle made headlines this spring when the paper fired her after learning that she moonlighted as a stripper. While Tressler, along with counsel Gloria Allred, awaits the findings of a gender discrimination investigation, she’s opted to make the best of both worlds: In addition to teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, she recently released an e-book, Diary of an Angry Stripper, and she’ll stop by the Crazy Horse III in Las Vegas for bare-all performances and meet-and-greets on July 20 and 21 at 11 p.m.

“I feel like you can learn a lot by spreading your interests around. When you draw on what you find most interesting from each, it makes you stronger at everything you do,” says Tressler, who started dancing to help pay her way through college.

So just how, exactly, do working the pole and working a source overlap?

“With both jobs, I have to talk to strangers a lot. I take stripping as a very customer-oriented job. There’s a lot of interpersonal interaction, and I always try to make the customer feel comfortable,” she says. “And that’s something I carry over into my work as a journalist.”

While Tressler has faced criticism for being an opportunist, you can’t exactly blame her for wanting to harness the momentum of her double life.

“I make stripping more of a priority because it’s the part of me people are interested in now,” she says. “The whole thing is so absurd, but I’m glad that I now have an opportunity to talk about whether it’s right to fire a girl for being a dancer.”

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