Colin Woodard is an award-winning journalist and the author of 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 Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking, 2004), and Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000).
He is currently State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. He received a 2012 George Polk Award for an investigative project he did for those papers. He also received a 2004 Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy (for his global environmental reporting), the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Non-Fiction (for American Nations), and a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Study.
A longtime foreign correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, he has reported from more than 50 foreign countries and six continents from postings in Budapest, Zagreb, Washington, D.C. and the US-Mexico border. His work has appeared in dozens of publications including The Economist, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Newsweek/The Daily Beast and Bloomberg View. He lives in Maine.