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Beth Troutman moves west for new show

Former congressional candidate and Charlotte TV personality Beth Troutman is back on the air.

Troutman is one of the co-hosts of the new syndicated show "Right This Minute" (11:05 p.m. weeknights, WAXN, Channel 64), which focuses on intriguing videos plucked from the Web.

"It's been so much fun and fascinating to find good stories in the vast abyss that is the Internet," says Troutman, who moved this summer from South Iredell to Phoenix, where the show is produced.

Each day, she says, the show's staff collects about 100 interesting videos and selects about 30 to air in the hourlong broadcast.

"I've seen a lot of crazy stuff," she says. "Every day you get two or three gems."

Part of her job is finding the people who posted the videos and getting the story behind the snippets. She uses YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other techniques to find the people and interviews them via Skype.

"It's incredible the way everyone is connected now. Everything is done through the magic of interconnectivity."

Troutman grew up in Concord (she was Miss Cabarrus County 1997), and her family still lives there. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, she took a chance on a career in Hollywood, cold-calling the NBC political drama "The West Wing" and pleading for a job. She got an offer that day and wound up as assistant to Alex Graves, the show's executive producer.

Later she returned to North Carolina and in 2004 challenged Republican Rep. Robin Hayes for his congressional seat. "West Wing" star Martin Sheen even came to Kannapolis to campaign for her. She lost in a close race.

In 2005, she joined Fox Charlotte's "Fox News Rising" as a co-host, a position she held for 3 1/2 years. More recently, she was host and reporter for "The Balancing Act" on Lifetime.

Troutman won't rule out a return to politics sometime in the future.

"I would really, really want to see some campaign reform before I'd campaign again. I loved campaigning and meeting people. I hated the idea of having to raise so much money to run."

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