Colin Woodard is an award-winning author and journalist. He is currently State and National Affairs Writer for the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram, where he received a 2012 George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He also writes for Washington Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Chronicle of Higher Education and reviews books for the Washington Post. A native of Maine, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. He was recently named one of the "Best State Capitol Reporters in America" by the Washington Post and Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association.