Fellows & Editors


Colin Woodard

Fellows Fall 1999
Micronesia/Marshall Islands

Colin Woodard, an author and award-winning journalist, is a correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor and a contributing editor at Down East magazine. A native of Maine, he has reported from fifty foreign countries and six continents and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe during the collapse of Communism and the Balkan wars. His work has appeared in The Economist, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Prospect, On Earth and dozens of other publications. He is the author of The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down (Harcourt, 2007), Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas (Basic, 2000), a narrative non-fiction account of the deterioration of the world's oceans, and The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking, 2004), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine. He has a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. in international realtions from the University of Chicago. He currently teaches the narrative journalism program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, where he lives.


  • Crazed for kava

    POHNPEI, MICRONESIA, Fall 1999 -- To an outsider, it looks like a jungle: lush, thick stands of tropical trees, vines and thick undergrowth stretching up the hillside toward the brooding volcanic peaks of...

  • Payback time

    MARSHALL ISLANDS, Fall 1999 -- I'm in a high-rise office in central Honolulu and attorney Davor Pevec is showing me photos of the damage to his clients' property. There's quite a stack of...

  • Island Mulls Showcasing Rusting Land Relics

    PELELIU, PALAU, Fall 1999 -- The jungle has enveloped the abandoned World War II Japanese military headquarters. Huge trees grow on the roof of the power plant, their aerial roots forming a woody...

  • Japanese ‘Ghost Fleet’ Sinking - Again

    CHUUK, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA, Fall 1999 -- Beneath the bright azure surface of Truk Lagoon, the divers slowly descend into the deepening blue. After 50 feet or so, they arrive on the coral-encrusted...

  • ‘Jaws’: The New Cause of the Seas

    HONOLULU, Fall 1999 -- Hawaii's commercial fishermen have long plied the vast Pacific Ocean in search of swordfish and tuna - the large offshore fish that supply succulent steaks and high-grade sashimi to...

  • Pacific Islands Renegotiate U.S. Payments

    YAP, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA, Fall 1999 -- Washington's hands-off approach to the grant payments it has sent to the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) over the past 15 years is...

  • Islands Seek More Pay for Missile Tests

    Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, Fall 1999 -- From the air, you'd never guess that Kwajalein Atoll was of considerable strategic significance to the United States. This remote ring of coral islets is set in...

  • America’s Half-Forgotten Islands

    UMAN, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA, Fall 1999 -- Sixty years ago, residents of this small tropical island had access to electricity, running water, paved roads, good schools, competent health care, and a regular...

  • South Pacific Battles for Y2K Bragging Rights

    MAJURO, Marshall Islands, Fall 1999 -- In the uttermost reaches of the Pacific, four nations are jostling to be first to welcome the year 2000. They're squaring off in a kind of geographic scrum...

  • Generations of fallout from nuclear tests / Marshall Islands residents still waiting for U.S.

    Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands, Fall 1999 -- Early one morning 45 years ago, an 11-year-old boy named Norio Kebenli was preparing to fish in the lagoon of Rongelap Atoll, a necklace of tiny coconut...

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