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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

Lacrosse is back: Draft picks and the return of a star goalie boost hopes for Coquitlam Adanacs

Lacrosse is back: Draft picks and the return of a star goalie boost hopes for Coquitlam Adanacs

The Coquitlam Adanacs haven't qualified for the WLA playoffs since 2013.
Lacrosse is back: WLA set for its return from the pandemic, but worries cloud its future

Lacrosse is back: WLA set for its return from the pandemic, but worries cloud its future

A professional field lacrosse league in the United States says players under contract can't also play box lacrosse at the same time.
Photos: Coquitlam's Centennial Centaurs advance to girls soccer provincials

Photos: Coquitlam's Centennial Centaurs advance to girls soccer provincials

Centennial defeated the Riverside Rapids 2-0 Thursday in a soggy zone semifinal
Port Moody will keep an eye on beer and music festival in park

Port Moody will keep an eye on beer and music festival in park

Parks and recreation commission questions whether Pioneer Memorial Park is an appropriate venue.
New sites being recommended for community gardens in Port Moody

New sites being recommended for community gardens in Port Moody

A smaller garden near the recreation complex could be built in time for part of this year's growing season
These Tri-Cities' hockey players will play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championships

These Tri-Cities' hockey players will play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championships

Mathew Barzal and Kent Johnson's NHL teams didn't make the playoffs
Photos: These tiny fish being released from Port Moody are on a very special mission

Photos: These tiny fish being released from Port Moody are on a very special mission

The number of salmon returning to Mossom Creek to spawn has been decreasing.
Lacrosse is back: Port Coquitlam Saints champing at the bit for start of junior season

Lacrosse is back: Port Coquitlam Saints champing at the bit for start of junior season

The Port Coquitlam Saints finally get to play in the new spectator arena at the city's new community centre
Lacrosse is back: Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs 'just itching' to continue winning ways after pandemic interruption

Lacrosse is back: Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs 'just itching' to continue winning ways after pandemic interruption

The Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs won three Minto Cup national championships in the 2010's. Can they win another after two years off?
Photos: Coquitlam's Centennial Centaurs senior girls soccer team finishes perfect regular season

Photos: Coquitlam's Centennial Centaurs senior girls soccer team finishes perfect regular season

The Centaurs won the past two provincial championships, in 2018 and 2019