Nancy Elizabeth "Beth" Troutman (born January 9, 1977) is an American television personality.
Troutman is currently the lead host of the #1 new syndicated TV Show, RightThisMinute. She is considered an industry expert on viral videos, and on-line content. Troutman shot the RightThisMinute pilot in 2010 and helped grow the show from 40 initial TV markets in 2011 to more than 160 television markets across the U.S. by 2013. In February 2014, RightThisMinute also began airing during primetime on HLN. Troutman previously hosted the national morning show The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television. She began her on-camera career in 2005 as the host of WCCB-TV's morning show Fox News Rising in Charlotte, NC.
Early career and congressional campaign
Troutman attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a double degree in Political Science and Women's Studies with a focus on Feminist Political Theory. Driven by a desire to change the images of women on television, Troutman headed to Hollywood to begin her career. After a cold-call, she landed a job as a crew member on NBC's Emmy-winning television show The West Wing. She began her 4-year stint on the show as a production assistant and quickly became the assistant to Alex Graves, an Executive Producer and Director of the show. While on the show, Troutman worked alongside political heavyweights Dee Dee Myers, Gene Sperling, Lawrence O'Donnell and Peggy Noonan.
In 2004, Troutman was asked to return to North Carolina to run as the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 8th Congressional District against three-term incumbent Robin Hayes. Troutman notably received contributions from her West Wing colleagues including Aaron Sorkin, John Wells, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, and Martin Sheen. Sheen even spent three days on the campaign trail by her side. Hayes defeated Troutman in the 2004 election 55% to 45%. A televised debate during the 2004 election prompted Troutman's invitation to host the local morning show, Fox News Rising in Charlotte, NC.
Troutman is a native of Concord, North Carolina. She began public speaking at the early age of four. By the age of 12, she was a spokesperson for the "Just Say 'No' To Drugs" club. She attended Concord High School where she was an honors student, MVP of the track team, and a Daughter's of the American Revolution Good Citizen scholarship recipient. Troutman met with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office of The White House in 1993. She also traveled the U.S. as a motivational speaker. Troutman is an accomplished singer. While at UNC, Troutman was a member of the Tar Heel Voices, a co-ed collegiate a cappella group.