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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.

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Recent Work by Mario

It's funded, and it will get built. Port Moody field house closer to reality

It's funded, and it will get built. Port Moody field house closer to reality

The three-storey structure at Port Moody's Inlet Field is budgeted to cost more than $8 million.
Photos: RibFest serves up finger-licking fun in Port Moody

Photos: RibFest serves up finger-licking fun in Port Moody

RibFest is the largest annual fundraising effort for Port Moody Rotary
Headlines from the past: The end of an era in Port Moody

Headlines from the past: The end of an era in Port Moody

Imperial Oil operated its refinery in Ioco for more than 80 years before it closed in 1995.
No longer the butt of jokes: There's a big cornhole tournament in Port Coquitlam Saturday

No longer the butt of jokes: There's a big cornhole tournament in Port Coquitlam Saturday

Cornhole is a popular backyard game that's been turned into a competitive pastime.
Photos: Junior Mounties get marching orders from Coquitlam RCMP drill instructors

Photos: Junior Mounties get marching orders from Coquitlam RCMP drill instructors

Coquitlam RCMP's annual Junior Mounties camp gives kids aged 10-14 exposure to police work and provides age-appropriate safety instructions
Photos: Coquitlam hosts win big on first day of Little League Intermediate Championships

Photos: Coquitlam hosts win big on first day of Little League Intermediate Championships

The winner of the tournament advances to the Little League Intermediate World Series, in Livermore, Calif.
Port Moody residents to be surveyed — at random — about life in the city

Port Moody residents to be surveyed — at random — about life in the city

Port Moody's community survey is conducted every two years.
Port Coquitlam pitcher signs with a team in the Mexican League

Port Coquitlam pitcher signs with a team in the Mexican League

Curtis Taylor was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.
Coquitlam Express extends its lease at Poirier for five more years

Coquitlam Express extends its lease at Poirier for five more years

The Coquitlam Express averaged more than 1,000 fans per home game last season
Port Moody's RibFest begins Friday. Here's what you need to know

Port Moody's RibFest begins Friday. Here's what you need to know

RibFest annually attracts about 50,000 hungry visitors to Port Moody's Rocky Point Park.
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