Colin Woodard

Colin Woodard

Staff Writer


Maine native Colin Woodard is the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram's State and National Affairs Writer, concentrating on investigative projects and magazine-style features, one of which won a 2012 George Polk Award. He has reported from more than 50 countries and six continents as a foreign correspondent. He is the author of four books including the award-winning "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America," "The Lobster Coast," and "The Republic of Pirates," which is the basis of the forthcoming NBC drama "Crossbones". His work has appeared in dozens of major publications, including The Economist, Smithsonian, the Washington Post, Politico Magazine, The Guardian, and Bloomberg View.

Latest Articles by Colin Woodard

March 13, 2014

Judge voids ruling by Maine's Aho in wind farm case, says it ‘had no rational basis’

The court decision adds to criticism that the actions of Patricia Aho, Maine's environmental chief, frequently benefit her former employer’s clients.

January 21, 2014

Fired Maine tribal official tries for new job in California

The man known in Maine as Charles Fourcloud, a convicted embezzler, faces charges after serving as the Passamaquoddys' finance director.

December 30, 2013

Bill seeks to avoid conflicts that paralyze Maine PUC

A plan to provide for alternate commissioners follows recusals that foiled a Nestle Waters case.

December 26, 2013

Lawmakers plan to keep close watch on Maine DEP

They'll work to tighten oversight of the department after the Press Herald uncovered failures, but don't expect to investigate its commissioner.

December 4, 2013

Washington County residents have mixed reactions to plan to eliminate taxes

Maine's poorest county has struggled for years, and some wonder whether the FreeME proposal from the Maine Heritage Policy Center is the answer to overcoming poverty and boosting population.

November 5, 2013

Probe continues into Maine tribe’s ex-finance director

Charles Fourcloud’s past as a convicted embezzler resulted in his dismissal at Pleasant Point.

October 31, 2013

Maine legislators try to end missed dam deadlines

A bill would tighten oversight of the DEP when it comes to dam relicensing to keep the state from losing its say on water levels.

October 21, 2013

New York, Delaware oppose Maine plan to loosen smog rules

The resistance could make it hard to get the EPA to ease what the state views as obstacles to economic growth.

October 15, 2013

Maine PUC chairman drops out of Poland Spring water case

His recusal effectively halts review of a controversial contract between Nestle Waters and Fryeburg Water.

October 15, 2013

Maine DEP's dam relicensing effort in disarray, records show

Missed deadlines have shorn Maine of power.