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Colin Woodard is the Press Herald’s State and National Affairs Writer, and is often at work on large investigative projects. Born in Waterville and raised in western Maine, he was a foreign correspondent for two decades, reported from more than fifty countries on all seven continents, and witnessed the collapse of communism and its bloody aftermath in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He’s written five books, including histories of Maine (The Lobster Coast), North America’s rival regional cultures (American Nations) and the Golden Age Pirates (Republic of Pirates), which was turned into a quickly forgotten NBC mini-series starring John Malkovich as Blackbeard. Since joining the Press Herald in 2012, he’s won a George Polk Award and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. He used to be an avid sailor and SCUBA diver, but with small kids at home, his hobbies now include sleeping and picking up toys.

  • Published
    July 22, 2012

    Ayuh, ye mateys!

    Did the pirates of the Caribbean build a lair in Down East Maine?

  • Published
    July 21, 2012

    Maine company leading way as tidal energy comes of age

    The Ocean Renewable Power Co. will unveil its first full-scale commercial turbine that will be mounted on the sea floor.

  • Published
    July 11, 2012

    EPA orders state: Open St. Croix to alewives

    The directive overrules two Maine laws intended to protect other fish species, but environmentalists say the presence of the foragers will benefit ecosystems.

  • Published
    July 10, 2012

    EPA overrules Maine on alewives issue

    The ruling is a victory for Maine’s Indian tribes and environmentalists, who say the state’s laws have killed an important food source.

  • Published
    July 8, 2012

    The alewives argument

    The Washington County fight to open up the St. Croix River to millions of alewives has brought together a once-divided tribe, created foes among inland smallmouth bass interests and mobilized advocates on just about every jurisdictional level. Now, a fish’s fate – and a county’s – hangs on what happens next.

  • Published
    July 1, 2012

    Challenges for Campobello Island: A crossing to bear

    Post-9/11 border tightening complicated islanders’ lives, and now along comes a U.S. tax wrinkle.

  • Published
    June 24, 2012

    The war that made Maine a state

    The British occupation of eastern Maine in the War of 1812 prompted a split from Massachusetts.

  • Published
    June 21, 2012

    Snowe, Collins reject bid to kill toxic air rules

    The GOP senators join others from New England to uphold limits on mercury and other emissions.

  • Published
    June 16, 2012

    In New England, the fishing stinks

    ‘We’re limping along’ says a Portland Fish Exchange official as scientists and fishermen struggle to get a handle on the health of Gulf of Maine species.

  • Published
    June 10, 2012

    Election 2012: Money separates candidates

    Filings by the dozen U.S. Senate hopefuls – regardless of party affiliation – suggest they are falling into two camps of fundraising depth and ability.

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