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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 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.

  • Published
    June 6, 2012

    Racino developer pours over $13,000 into legislative races

    PAC money backs pro-gaming candidates in Biddeford-Saco, leaving rivals scrambling – and Clean Election advocates worried.

  • Published
    June 5, 2012

    New PAC pours money into pro-racino candidates in Biddeford-Saco

    The money comes from Ocean Properties Inc., the developer behind last year’s proposal for a racino in Biddeford.

  • Published
    June 3, 2012

    Election 2012: PACs give Michaud advantage in funds

    Kevin Raye, the presumptive GOP challenger, calls him ‘the PAC-man’ of Maine’s delegation.

  • Published
    June 1, 2012

    East-West Highway link not yet on Quebec’s agenda

    Authorities in Quebec say they’ve had no contact with Pittsfield–based Cianbro regarding the proposed East-West Highway since 2008. The proposed $2 billion toll road aims to connect Maine and New Brunswick to Montreal and the industrial Midwest of the United States and Canada. While the highway would link to a four-lane, controlled-access highway at St. […]