Colin Woodard is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. Currently a contributing editor at Politico and State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where
he won a 2012 George Polk Award, he was a finalist for the 2016
Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, and was named 2014 Journalist
of the Year by the Maine Press Association. A Maine native and a
longtime foreign correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The San Francisco Chronicle, he
has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and seven
continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe.
Colin is the author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle between Individual Liberty and the Common Good (Viking, 2016), which was a finalist for the 2017 Chautauqua Prize; American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Viking, 2011); The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down (Harcourt, 2007); the New England bestseller TheLobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking, 2004), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine; and Ocean's End: Travels through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), a narrative non-fiction account of the deterioration of the world's oceans.
A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Chicago, he lives in Midcoast Maine. Read more at www.colinwoodard.com.