Trent has been a journalist at newspapers across the United States for more than 10 years, uncovering corruption and exposing closed-door operations of state and local governments.
Before moving to Houston, he worked for the Tennessee Center for Policy Research uncovering government waste, fraud and abuse. Previously, Trent was a political reporter for The (Nashville) Tennessean, where he was part of the team that uncovered cronyism and corruption in the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He also reported on ethics in government and the influence of lobbyists on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill. In 2005, Trent was a co-winner of the newsroom’s Jimmy Davy Award, recognizing the newsroom’s “most valuable player.” The Nashville Scene named him the city’s “Best Capitol Hill Reporter” that same year.
Trent also worked as an on-air investigative reporter for WKRN-Channel 2 in Nashville, where he broke news about legislators’ conflicts of interest, Tennessee’s new ethics laws and cost overruns by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Trent also served a stint as city editor of The Tuscaloosa News in Alabama. There, he supervised the team that uncovered voter fraud in the Black Belt, the poorest counties in the state. In the wake of that investigation, the state attorney general began his own voter fraud probe.
Trent was also an award-winning reporter for The Denver Post in Colorado, where he uncovered widespread problems in the Colorado Lottery. Trent also covered the War on Terror from Afghanistan and Pakistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Trent graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, the state where he launched his journalism career.