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Mario Bartel

Mario Bartel

Mario Bartel has been a journalist for over 30 years. More than half that tenure was spent peering through the viewfinder of a camera as a photojournalist.

As they suffered the brunt of a contracting industry, he started spending more time at the keyboard, covering everything from civic affairs to features to sports.

Over the course of his diverse career, Bartel has covered visits by prime ministers, championship junior hockey teams, the early morning toil of a tug captain, late-night fires, the 106th birthday celebration of a community icon, the challenges of a professional hockey player trying to come back from triple cancer diagnoses and more election night celebrations in dark, crowded pubs or community halls than he cares to remember.

Alas, he's yet to have the opportunity to ride in a blimp.

When Bartel's not pounding out Port Moody council stories, setting up lights for a feature portrait, or shivering in the cold rain shooting high school soccer, he is riding his bike, usually out to the Fraser Valley, up Mt. Seymour or along urban routes that take advantage of Vancouver's extensive cycling network. Often those rides involve a stop at a coffee shop, even though he doesn’t imbibe in hot beverages. But he does enjoy a good pain au chocolat and he can attest Blacksmith bakery in Fort Langley makes the best this side of Paris.

Email
mbartel@tricitynews.com

Recent Work by Mario

Belcarra author goes by bike all the time

Belcarra author goes by bike all the time

Go By Bike Week promotes cycling as a part of everyday transportation
Coquitlam Express drop overtime decision to Centennials

Coquitlam Express drop overtime decision to Centennials

The loss drops the Coquitlam Express' early-season record to 0-2
Photos: Walking for reconciliation in Coquitlam

Photos: Walking for reconciliation in Coquitlam

More than 100 people gathered at the Kwikwetlem First Nation to walk for reconciliation, a day before Canada's National Day of Reconciliation. 
Is it time to rename Indian Arm? Port Moody thinks so

Is it time to rename Indian Arm? Port Moody thinks so

Belcarra Regional Park was renamed təmtəmíxʷtən last year; should Indian Arm also get a new name?
Port Moody candidates pledge collaboration, working together

Port Moody candidates pledge collaboration, working together

All but one of the candidates trying to win a seat on council, or as Port Moody's mayor, participated in Wednesday's forum held by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
High school football preview: Port Coquitlam's Terry Fox Ravens can't just 'show up'

High school football preview: Port Coquitlam's Terry Fox Ravens can't just 'show up'

The Ravens reached the Subway Bowl Coastal championship game last season
High school football preview: ‘Trusting the process’ key to success for Coquitlam’s Centennial Centaurs

High school football preview: ‘Trusting the process’ key to success for Coquitlam’s Centennial Centaurs

The Centaurs reached the Subway Bowl Coastal semifinals last season
Photos: Coquitlam Express home opener derailed by Prince George Spruce Kings

Photos: Coquitlam Express home opener derailed by Prince George Spruce Kings

More than 800 fans attended the season's first game for the Coquitlam Express
Port Moody prepares plan for extreme weather

Port Moody prepares plan for extreme weather

A changing climate is making weather events more extreme
Port Moody waterfront restaurant reopens after fire

Port Moody waterfront restaurant reopens after fire

The restaurant was damaged by a kitchen fire last May.