Hidden Agenda

The year was 2002. The world was still processing the tragic events of 9/11. The Department of Homeland Security was created and Guantanamo Bay saw its first detainees. Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City. The D.C. Sniper began terrorizing drivers in Montgomery County, Maryland. The first “Spiderman” movie was released and “A Beautiful Mind” won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback and “Hot in Herre” by Nelly topped the charts and a young Kelly Clarkson was named the first “American Idol.” Mobile began a year-long party celebrating its tricentennial.

And the first issue of Lagniappe hit the streets on July 24.

Ashley Trice is the editor and publisher of Lagniappe and lagniappemobile.com, which she co-founded with fellow publisher Rob Holbert in July 2002.   She graduated with honors from the University of South Alabama in 2000 with a BA in communications. She is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in In-Depth Reporting by the Mobile Press Club (2003) and for Humorous Commentary by the Society of Professional Journalists, Southeastern Division (2010, 2018, 2021). She won a national writing award in the 2015 Altweekly Awards for Best Column presented by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and the Alabama Press Association’s First Place Award for Best Editorial or Commentary in 2017 and 2020, as well as the Alabama Press Association’s First Place Award for Humorous Commentary in 2018 and 2021. She was in the 2011 class of Mobile Bay Monthly’s 40 Under 40. She is married to Frank Trice and they live in Midtown with their son, Anders, daughter, Ellen, and their anything but “standard” poodle, Remy.

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