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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 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.

  • Published
    May 23, 2012

    2012 Election: King gift to Obama draws fire from rivals

    The independent donated to Democrats before he became a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

  • Published
    May 22, 2012

    Schneider won’t oppose ruling on unlimited corporate spending

    Maine Attorney General William Schneider’s office said Monday he would not be joining counterparts in 22 other states and the District of Columbia in a legal gambit to limit the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which lifted many restrictions on corporate campaign spending.

  • Published
    May 19, 2012

    Campaign backers spending in Maine

    Financial disclosures by the 12 candidates for an open U.S. Senate seat let voters follow the money.

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