Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
It's almost like I planned today's show to revolve around where government should, or shouldn't get involved in our lives. I say almost, because it's not at all planned. Anyhoo...
The Iowa Department of Education is formally considering a rules process that makes school districts jump through hoops if they want to start school years earlier that the week of Sept. 1st. Why, from an adminstration that champions less government in our lives, are we posied to get more government? Because the Iowa State Fair feels threatened. How much have August start dates hurt the fair? Save for 2010, attendance figures have topped a million people since 2002. Let's leave all that aside, and ask ourselves an important question--why should we put selling porkchops on a stick and funnel cakes ahead of education?
On the other side of the "less government-more goverment" coin, we talked about a New York Appeals Court ruling that deemed NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "big soda ban" unconstitutional. If we've seen state after state enact laws banning smoking in public, citing health concerns, how is the soda ban any different? Remember, obesity costs this country $150 million a year. Sure, it doesn't affect you in the same immediate way that second-hand smoke might, but I guarantee you're picking up some of the freight for the want of soda cups so big they have to have handles.