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Colin Woodard is an award-winning journalist and author of The
Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a
Forgotten Frontier (Viking, 2004), Ocean's End: Travels Through
Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), and The Republic of
Pirates (Harcourt, 2007), a New York Times Bestseller which was
the basis of the NBC series "
Crossbones" with John Malkovich.
His fourth book,
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival
Regional Cultures of North America, (Viking, 2011), was named
one of the Best Books of 2011 by the editors of
The New Republic
The Globalist and received the 2012 Maine Literary Award
for non-fiction. His latest book,
American Character: A History of
the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common
Good (Viking, 2016) was a finalist for the 2017 Chautauqua Prize
and was awarded the 2017 Maine Literary Award for non-fiction.
He is currently State & National Affairs Writer at the
Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram
, where he won a 2012
George Polk Award, and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize
for Explanatory Reporting. He is also a contributing editor at

A native of Maine, he has reported from more than fifty foreign
countries and seven continents, and lived for more than four years
in Eastern Europe. He is a longtime foreign correspondent of
Chronicle of Higher Education and The Christian Science
Monitor, a contributing editor at Politico, and State and National
Affairs Writer at
The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday
Telegram. His work has appeared in dozens of publications
The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The
Economist, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Bloomberg View,
National; The Guardian, Politico Magazine, The
Miami Herald
, Arizona Republic,, Washington
Monthly, The Daily Beast
, The Providence Journal, Business
Central Europe
, Congressional Quarterly, On Earth, Nature
, E: The Environmental Magazine, National
Fisherman, Military History Quarterly, The Chronicle of
and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

He has covered a wide-range of issues, from ethnic conflict in the
Balkans and peacekeeping in Guatemala to the destruction of
coral reefs and the effects of global warming on Antarctica. Since
1989, Woodard has been based  in Budapest, Hungary, Zagreb,
Croatia, Washington, DC, and on the US-Mexico border near
Brownsville, Texas.

Woodard received the
2012 George Polk Award (for Education
reporting), was a
2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist (for Explanatory
Reporting) and was a finalist in both 2013 and 2014 for a
Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in U.S business and
financial journalism. He was a 2004 recipient of the
Jane Bagley
Lehman Award for Public Advocacy, given by the Tides
Foundation for his global reporting on environmental issues. He
has also been awarded numerous fellowships including a
Fellowship in International Journalism at the Johns Hopkins
University School of Advanced International Studies, a policy
fellowship at the
Regional Environmental Center for Central and
Eastern Europe in Budapest, and journalism fellowships from the
German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Institute for
International Education, and the United States Antarctic Program.
Woodard was named one of "
Best State Capitol Reporters in
America" by the Washington Post in 2014, Journalist of the Year
for 2014 by the Maine Press Association, "Journalist MVP" in
Down East Magazine's 2016 Best of Maine issue, and was voted
Best Author in 2009 and 2012 by the readers of the
He is a past director of the writing program at the Salt
Institute for Documentary Studies, where he taught advanced
narrative journalism, editing, and fieldwork.  He is a graduate of
Tufts University and the University of Chicago, where he was
awarded the 1997
Morton Kaplan prize for his thesis on the causes
of ethnic conflict in the Balkans.

Woodard is a member of the
Cosmos Club, a past member of the
Sea Space
Symposium, and a current trustee of the Bigelow
Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

He lives in Midcoast Maine with his wife, Sarah Skillin Woodard,
two kids and a small dog.

He has center-justifed this page because Sitebuilder is otherwise incapable of rendering it
correctly. He is looking forward to abandoning the software and Yahoo Small Business
web services as soon as possible.
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