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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.

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  • Published
    October 6, 2012

    Parallels striking in 2nd District race

    Two ‘pretty independent’ men with reputations for working across the aisle square off for the second time in a decade. Their histories, however, define their politics.

  • Published
    September 22, 2012

    The making of a man without a party

    The former governor’s view of the world was shaped long before be ran for public office, and will likely continue to inform his choices.

  • Published
    September 22, 2012

    King touts common sense, fairness

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — On Capitol Hill in the late winter of 1975, a young, idealistic Senate aide named Angus King had a political epiphany while studying a bill on behalf of his boss, Democratic Sen. Bill Hathaway. The bill, introduced by liberal lion Walter Mondale of Minnesota, was written in response to the drowning of […]

  • Published
    September 13, 2012

    Maine tidal turbine goes online, first in North America

    The turbine at the bottom of Cobscook Bay can generate 180 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power 30 homes.

  • Published
    September 12, 2012

    Florida investigating K12 virtual school firm

    A company seeking to operate a full-time virtual charter school in Maine is under investigation in Florida because of allegations it used uncertified teachers and tried to get employees to assist in concealing that fact from school district officials.

  • Published
    September 11, 2012

    Would-be Maine virtual charter schools operator under investigation in Florida

    A company seeking to operate a full-time virtual charter school in Maine is under investigation in Florida because of allegations it used uncertified teachers and tried to get employees to assist in concealing that fact from school district officials.

  • Published
    September 11, 2012

    Firm seeking to open virtual school in Maine is under investigation

    Florida is probing whether K-12 Inc., which wants to run a school for Maine, employed uncertified teachers and tried to conceal it.

  • Published
    September 2, 2012

    ON MAINE POLITICS: Both sides of same-sex marriage seek financial support

    At least a couple of times a week, both sides in the gay-marriage campaign are sending out emails asking for money.

  • Published
    September 1, 2012

    Virtual schools have questionable records

    A study released last month by researchers at Western Michigan University found that only 27.7 percent of the full-time virtual schools run by the nation’s largest online education company, K12 Inc., met federally mandated Adequate Yearly Progress goals, compared to 52 percent of public schools.

  • Published
    September 1, 2012

    Those helping write virtual school policy positioned to profit from it

    Stephen Bowen was excited and relieved. Maine’s education commissioner had just returned to his Augusta office last October after a three-day trip to San Francisco, where he attended a summit of conservative education reformers convened by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, which had paid for the trip. He’d heard presentations […]

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