Douglas Rooks is a career journalist who worked at weekly and daily newspapers for 25 years. He was the editor of the Granite State News in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, and editor and publisher of Maine Times. Since the turn of the century, he has been a freelance editor, writer, and author, covering Maine state government, and specializing in environmental issues, public education, municipal affairs, and tax policy. His biweekly political column runs in four daily newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire. He is a graduate magna cum laude of Colby College, and former board president of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Augusta. He lives with his wife in a 210-year-old farmhouse in West Gardiner. Statesman is his first book.