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Colin Woodard (born December 3, 1968) is an American award-winning journalist and writer, best known for his books American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (2011), The Republic of Pirates (2007), and The Lobster Coast (2005), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine. His first book, Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas, appeared in 2000.
He is 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 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 of Advanced International Studies. He was also a finalist for a 2013 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. In 2014, the Washington Post named him one of the "Best State Capitol Reporters in America".
His third book, The Republic of Pirates, is the basis of the 2014 NBC drama Crossbones, written by Neil Cross and starring John Malkovich. Woodard was also a historical consultant for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which was also set in the time period covered in Republic of Pirates.
He is a long-time foreign correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents, from postings in Budapest, Hungary; Zagreb, Croatia; 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, Bloomberg View, The Guardian, Politico Magazine, Washington Monthly, and Down East, where he was a contributing editor.