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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
    July 22, 2012

    Commercial tidal power going online off Eastport coastline

    EASTPORT — The tide is running out of Passamaquoddy and Cobscook bays, transforming the miles-wide ocean passages around Eastport into fast-running rivers.

  • 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

    Alewives: Important species or invasive pest?

    MILLTOWN, New Brunswick — It’s late in the alewives’ spring run, and overnight just five fish have climbed the fish ladder at the Milltown Dam, which spans the St. Croix River on the Maine-New Brunswick border.

  • Published
    July 8, 2012

    Alewife runs in future depend on Augusta

    MILLTOWN, New Brunswick — It’s late in the alewives’ spring run, and overnight just five fish have climbed the fish ladder at the Milltown Dam, which spans the St. Croix River on the Maine-New Brunswick border.

  • Published
    June 21, 2012

    New England senators fight mercury overhaul

    New England’s U.S. senators delivered a unanimous rebuke Wednesday to an effort by Republicans from the South and West to overturn federal regulations to cut mercury and other toxic emissions released by coal-fired power plants.

  • Published
    June 21, 2012

    Snowe, Collins join effort to oppose GOP plan to lower mecury emissions

    New England’s U.S. senators delivered a unanimous rebuke Wednesday to an effort by Republicans from the South and West to overturn federal regulations to cut mercury and other toxic emissions released by coal-fired power plants.

  • Published
    June 10, 2012

    Senate candidates’ fundraising reports show divide

    Winning a U.S. Senate seat isn’t easy. It requires a statewide campaign organization, broad appeal and lots of money to pay for expenses, staff and advertisements. So how do the 12 candidates vying to succeed U.S Sen. Olympia Snowe stack up?

  • Published
    June 10, 2012

    Divide in campaign finances widening

    Winning a U.S. Senate seat isn’t easy. It requires a statewide campaign organization, broad appeal and lots of money to pay for expenses, staff and advertisements. So how do the 12 candidates vying to succeed U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe stack up?

  • Published
    June 6, 2012

    Racino PAC hits Saco campaign

    The first money bomb of Maine’s legislative campaign has landed on the Biddeford-Saco area, leaving supporters of the state’s Clean Election program shuddering.

  • 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.

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