Checking if the sky is falling in Taponecco, Italy.

Hi, I'm John Last.

I'm a Canadian writer, reporter, and producer based in the north of Italy with a omnivorous attitude to my job. I write longform essays, produce radio documentaries, and report in-depth features from the ground. Parlo anche italiano.

I regularly work as a freelance Europe correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Before this gig, I covered Indigenous and Arctic issues in northern Canada with CBC.

In my work, I try to explore things like politics, culture, food, and identity through a historical lens. Check out a few of the links below and you'll see what I mean.



My essay, "There's No Such Thing As Italian Food," has been selected for Best American Food Writing 2023. The book is out now — order it here.


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