NATURAL HISTORY WEEK - June 20 - 27, 2020

Colin Woodard

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 and 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.

A native of Maine, Colin is currently State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and MaineSunday Telegram. He is also a contributing editor at Politico. 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 The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Christian Science Monitor.  work has appeared in dozens of publications including 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 Conservancy, E: The Environmental Magazine, National Fisherman, Military History Quarterly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

His writings cover 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.

Woodard 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.

He 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.

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

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Awards and Fellowships:

2004 recipient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy, given by the Tides Foundation for his global reporting on environmental issues

2009 voted Best Author by readers of the Portland Phoenix

2012 George Polk Award (for Education Reporting);

2012 voted Best Author by readers of the Portland Phoenix

2013 and 2014 finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in U.S business and financial journalism

2014-named one of the “Best State Capitol Reporters in America” by the Washington Post;

2014- named Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association

2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist (for Explanatory Reporting)

“Journalist MVP” in Down East Magazine’s 2016 Best of Maine issue

Pew 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;

Journalism fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Institute for International Education, and the United States Antarctic Program;