Colin is a highly respected journalist, the winner of a 2012 George Polk Award and a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting.
He was named one of the “Best State Capital Reporters in America” by the Washington Post, “Journalist of the Year” by the Maine Press Association, and one of Maine’s 50 Most Influential People by Maine Magazine. He’s a two time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for financial and business journalism and a past recipient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy for his reporting on the crisis in the world’s oceans.
He has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and seven continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. He was a longtime foreign correspondent of The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Christian Science Monitor based in Budapest, Zagreb, Washington, DC and the US-Mexico border. He’s currently a contributing editor at POLITICO and and State and National Affairs Writer at The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. His work has appeared in dozens of publications including The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian.
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. His reporting helped fix attention on the violent suppression of pro-democracy protesters by Romania’s post-Ceausescu regime, saved a Pacific Island nation’s higher education system from destruction, and resulted in the Governor of Maine — a former Attorney General — issuing first posthumous pardon in the state’s history.