In the past, the world of sports journalism was dominated by men with only a handful of women daring to even venture into the area. However, with time, and increased fight for equality, many females have gone into that area and have proven their mettle. One of such outstanding females is Danielle Trotta.
A veteran of auto racing reporting, Trotta has worked with several local and international networks, including the WBTV and the ACC, where she made some outstanding contributions as a program host and a reporter. She has also covered car racing for Fox Sports 1 and has lent her expertise to Sirius XM. Trotta is now regarded as a role model for future generations of women who want to become sports reporters and she is not taking that responsibility lightly.
A Look At The Family She Hails From
Born in Westchester County, New York, on the 13th of March 1981, Trotta hails from a family of four comprising of her parents, Phyllis and Dan Trotta, as well as a younger sister whose name is Andrea.
Due to career demands, Danielle’s parents relocated the family from New York to Indiana when she was just 10 years old. She, therefore, spent the next several years living in various parts of the Hoosier state including Carmel and Richmond.
From what we learned, her father is proud of having she and her sisters as his kids. The journalist once described the man as a “Girldad”, asserting that he is the reason she loves basketball. According to her, he coached young women for many years and the game nurtured her confidence while instilling on her the quest to always work hard.
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My Dad has always been proud to be a #GirlDad. My Dad loves basketball so I love basketball. He coached young women for many years so we grew up in the gym. The game taught us a lot about confidence and hard work. My Dad gave us love and support. I’ve been thinking a lot about those times this week. RIP Kobe GG and the 7 other lives lost. #GirlDad
Danielle Trotta Started Preparing for Her Career as a Kid
Sports and journalism are the two great loves of Danielle Trotta’s life and her passion for both can be traced back to her childhood. Whilst schooling at Carmel High (between 1995 and 1999), Danielle participated in several sporting activities and represented her school in three consecutive state championships in swimming and springboard diving.
Gifted with a flair for storytelling, the young girl also joined her high school’s 24-hour local channel and served as a host and reporter. This made her fall in love with journalism and she decided to further her studies in it.
For her college education, Trotta moved from Indiana to Vermont and Boston before she landed at the University of North Carolina where she graduated with a Mass Communications degree in 2005.
Her First Job Was With WBTV In Charlotte
While at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Danielle Trotta started acquiring the experience that would help her kick off her career smoothly. She interned at several local stations including WCNC-TV. Upon leaving school, she got her first job at WBTV, a CBS-affiliated TV station licensed to Charlotte. Danielle was primarily employed to serve as the channel’s photographer and editor. However, with time, she convinced her bosses to give her an on-screen job and they acceded in 2007.
She was thus promoted to the role of reporter and barely a year later, became the channel’s weekend sports anchor. During this period, Danielle Trotta hosted a good number of sports programs, including the Sports Saturday Night and The Point After with D&D, which she co-hosted with Delano Little. She also contributed to several of the station’s specials and one of them, First Class, won the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas award.
Exploits With Fox and NBC Sports
After about five years of service with WBTV, Danielle Trotta decided to seek more challenging roles and joined Speed (now Fox Sports 1) in June 2010. She went on to spend a good seven years at the channel during which her beat primarily revolved around NASCAR races with an occasional dabble into NFL coverage.
Trotta co-hosted the channel’s daily news and information program known as NASCAR RACE HUB. She also co-hosted various pre-race shows including NASCAR RACEDAY (the pre-race show for NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES) and NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (pre-race show for NASCAR XFINITY SERIES). Additionally, she also scored a side gig as a radio show host for SiriusXM in February 2017.
Following seven fruitful years with Fox, Danielle was ready for another move and announced in June 2018 that she would be switching her loyalties to the NBC Sports network. At her new home, Trotta would serve as the host for the network’s NASCAR post-race show known as Victory Lap. Also, she would break down all of the day’s races, driver’s interviews, as well as answer callers’ questions.
Her Salaries Have Accumulated Into a $2 Million Net Worth
Danielle Trotta has spent about 15 years as a journalist, during which her career has flourished. The majority of these 15 years have been spent at Fox and according to Paysa estimates, the salary for a Fox Channel employees ranges from $62,967 to $106,746 and averages out at $88,507 per annum.
Given that Trotta anchored several important programs for the channel, it means that she would fall into the top echelons of the pay bracket at Fox.
It also stands to reason that the Carmel native won’t be earning anything below this figure now that she is at NBC. Because of the pedigree with which she joined the organization, one would reasonably expect that she would be earning an improved figure from her Fox paycheque.
Whichever it is, there is no doubt that the veteran journo is doing well for herself with a net worth estimated at $2 million.
She Is Married to a Motorsports Veteran
Danielle Trotta has spent much of her career covering auto racing and as such, it doesn’t come as a surprise that it is through this avenue that she would meet her better half. The award-winning journalist is happily married to a motorsports veteran named Robby Benton. Benton is a native of Harrisburg, North Carolina, and was born in the year 1979, just two years before his wife.
He formerly competed as a race car driver and took part in multiple Nationwide Series and Craftsman Truck Series. He then retired to co-found a racing team called RAB Racing with his dad. Robby’s latest gig is his appointment as the NASCAR team manager of Team Penske in 2018. He handles administrative and competition-related duties for the team in the NASCAR CUP SERIES as well as the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES.
— Danielle Trotta (@DanielleTrotta) February 10, 2019
Trotta and Denton first met in early 2014 and later commenced a relationship. They remained together for the next two years and by December 2016, they got engaged. According to sources, Benton proposed to his girlfriend inside the Cathedral of Monaco and she said yes. The couple subsequently allowed another two-year to pass before tying the knot on the 22nd of October 2018. Trotta and her husband have been living happily together ever since and provide an indispensable support system for each other.