Beth Troutman’s life has been all about taking chances. She received bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Women’s Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill at age 22 and then packed her bags and drove to Hollywood with the goal of putting more positive images of women on the small screen as her driving force. She cold-faxed her resume to the offices of the Emmy-winning television show The West Wing, landed a job, and spent the next four years involved in all aspects of the series. At 27, her life imitated art when she was asked to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in her home state of North Carolina. Beth became the first woman to run for Congress in North Carolina’s 8th district and was also one of the youngest federal candidates in the country that election year. She was thrilled to receive support from her co-workers at The West Wing. Martin Sheen even joined her on the campaign trail. Although she lost the election, she ran one of the closest Congressional races in the state that year.
Beth then became the host of Charlotte’s local morning show, Fox News Rising. The local station’s news director was familiar with her campaign and was in need of an opinionated female to bring personality and life to the station’s new show. Beth accepted the challenge and covered everything from politics to pop culture and was even a Red Carpet correspondent at the American Idol finale during three of its most popular years. In 2009, Beth became the host of the national morning show The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television—a show designed to help women balance their increasingly busy lives. She has covered stories in cities like Boston, New York, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Beth is currently the host of the nationally syndicated show Right This Minute.