I am John Last, an Istanbul-based Canadian freelance journalist and student of religion, philosophy, and Turkish politics and history. Over the past five years, I have produced investigative, interview, and long-form pieces on a variety of topics in print, radio, and online format. My portfolio also includes a daily video webseries, political and promotional work, and graphic design in print and online (of which this website is not a great example).
Currently based out of Turkey’s largest city and cultural capital, my topics of focus are Turkish politics, history, and economics. I am also interested in crisis reporting, religion (both academic writing and current affairs), Canadian political reporting and commentary, and arts and culture. I have been a regular contributor to college radio and print publications, regional magazines and online alternative review outlets. Though my output has slowed as I focus on academic work, I continue to read, write, and review the happenings of the day (particularly in the summer months). For more on my work, see my portfolio page (currently under construction).