The N.C. Azalea Festival has announced the 2018 Queen Azalea.
WILMINGTON — The N.C. Azalea Festival has announced Beth Troutman, an Emmy Award-winning television personality, as the 2018 Queen Azalea.
Troutman has spent nearly 20 years in the television industry and has hosted local and nationally syndicated TV shows, according to an Azalea Festival news release.
Along with making appearances on The Today Show, Extra, HLN, and Home & Family, Troutman has also appeared on Good Day New York, Good Day LA and Good Day Chicago. She began her career in Los Angeles working with the hit television show The West Wing.
After four years with the show, Troutman ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District. At the age of 27, Troutman was the first woman to run for congress in the district, the release said.
Though she lost the election, Troutman was offered a job as host of the television morning show FOX News Rising. During her time with the morning show, she served as a red carpet correspondent at the American Idol finale during three seasons.
After changing jobs a couple times after her stint with FOX News Rising, in 2015, Troutman began serving as the main anchor of NBC-Charlotte’s evening newscasts. Troutman covered the 2016 Olympics live from Rio de Janeiro during her time with NBC.
Most recently, Troutman spent time living at an orphanage in Haiti, where she shot a series of short documentaries that won two Emmy Awards.
Troutman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Along with announcing Troutman as the 2018 Queen Azalea, the Azalea Festival has also announced that special invited guests this year include Adrian Wood, Miss North Carolina 2017 Victoria Huggins, Chef Vivian Howard, and Festival artist Virginia Wright-Frierson.