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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

Terry Fox Ravens bring junior basketball championship back to Port Coquitlam

Terry Fox Ravens bring junior basketball championship back to Port Coquitlam

The Ravens won the junior boys basketball championship for the first time since 2002
Port Coquitlam bowlers ready to strike gold at provincial championships

Port Coquitlam bowlers ready to strike gold at provincial championships

The Youth Bowl Canada national championships is the pinnacle of five-pin bowling competition in the country.
'Tree canopy is a priority': Port Moody hopes some trees at Inlet District project will be replanted

'Tree canopy is a priority': Port Moody hopes some trees at Inlet District project will be replanted

Construction of the Inlet District by Wesgroup Properties will require the removal of 544 trees.
Photos: Port Coquitlam school to play for junior boys basketball championship

Photos: Port Coquitlam school to play for junior boys basketball championship

Terry Fox Ravens upset top-seed Oak Bay Bays in Monday's semi-final.
Newcomer the hero in Coquitlam Express overtime win

Newcomer the hero in Coquitlam Express overtime win

It was the first game of the season between the Coquitlam Express and West Kelowna Warriors
Photos: Coquitlam Express fall to the Chilliwack Chiefs in a shootout

Photos: Coquitlam Express fall to the Chilliwack Chiefs in a shootout

The Coquitlam Express won the season series between the teams, with five wins and two losses in their seven meetings
It was a very busy 2023 for Port Moody firefighters

It was a very busy 2023 for Port Moody firefighters

Calls to Port Moody Fire Rescue in 2023 increased 11 per cent over 2022.
More rental apartments being proposed for Port Moody

More rental apartments being proposed for Port Moody

Port Moody councillors largely approved of the project when they got their first look at the proposal in December 2022.
How this Coquitlam soccer club gives back so more kids can play sports

How this Coquitlam soccer club gives back so more kids can play sports

Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club has donated $400,000 back to KidSport Tri-Cities over the past 15 years.
Headlines from the past: A Coquitlam book store where no order was too obscure, no magazine too niche

Headlines from the past: A Coquitlam book store where no order was too obscure, no magazine too niche

Cody Books moved to Coquitlam's Westwood Mall in 1981.
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