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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
    June 3, 2012

    In money race, Michaud has big lead

    Second District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud enjoys a significant cash advantage over his rivals, with a campaign war chest four and a half times larger than that of his presumptive Republican challenger, state Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry.

  • Published
    June 3, 2012

    Michaud fast outpacing Raye in fundraising

    Second District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud enjoys a significant cash advantage over his rivals, with a campaign war chest four and a half times larger than that of his presumptive Republican challenger, state Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry. According to paperwork filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission, Michaud, a Democrat, raised $95,023 between […]

  • Published
    June 2, 2012

    Quebec says it hasn’t heard about highway since 2008

    Authorities in Quebec say they’ve had no contact with Pittsfield -based Cianbro in regards to the proposed east-west highway since 2008

  • Published
    June 1, 2012

    Quebec officials say they’ve had no talks regarding highway

    Authorities in Quebec say they’ve had no contact with Pittsfield-based Cianbro in regards to the proposed east-west highway since 2008.

  • Published
    May 31, 2012

    Panel votes hurt fuel program

    A key U.S. Senate committee that includes Sen. Susan Collins of Maine narrowly passed two measures last week that would all but end a Pentagon program that seeks to transition the military away from fossil fuels — without a vote from Collins.

  • Published
    May 31, 2012

    Collins no-show on fuel votes

    A key U.S. Senate committee that includes Sen. Susan Collins of Maine narrowly passed two measures last week that would all but end a Pentagon program that seeks to transition the military away from fossil fuels — without a vote from Collins.

  • Published
    May 27, 2012

    Is building of highway worth risk?

    Mainers are often described as being risk-averse, conditioned by thin soils, frigid winters, Colonial-era Indian wars, and a century and a half of economic privation to work hard and stretch what little we’ve got as far as we can.

  • Published
    May 27, 2012

    East-west toll highway proposal carries both risk and reward

    Mainers are often described as being risk-averse, conditioned by thin soils, frigid winters, Colonial-era Indian wars, and a century and a half of economic privation to work hard and stretch what little we’ve got as far as we can.

  • Published
    May 24, 2012

    GOP targets King for Democratic donations

    Independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King is being criticized by Republican candidates for contributing to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

  • Published
    May 24, 2012

    King criticized for Obama aid

    Independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King is being criticized by Republican candidates for contributing to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

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