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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

Here's what happens when a Coquitlam football player challenges his NFL teammates to pronounce his hometown

Here's what happens when a Coquitlam football player challenges his NFL teammates to pronounce his hometown

Jevon Holland is heading into his second season with the Miami Dolphins.
Someone in Port Moody returned this book to a library in England — 48 years overdue

Someone in Port Moody returned this book to a library in England — 48 years overdue

The late fee amounts to $6,934.88 CDN. Fortunately the library has a maximum fine of £8.50, or about $13.37 CDN
Watch out Port Moody: Meet the city's new accordion jester

Watch out Port Moody: Meet the city's new accordion jester

Adam Faber first picked up the accordion about 10 years ago. Now he uses it to poke fun at the local zeitgeist.
Port Coquitlam sisters merge their zero-waste delivery business with Vancouver company

Port Coquitlam sisters merge their zero-waste delivery business with Vancouver company

The deal was consummated on Instagram Live
Santa ships set to sail again this Christmas. Here's when and where you can see them

Santa ships set to sail again this Christmas. Here's when and where you can see them

The annual Christmas flotilla of Santa ships sets sail around the Burrard Inlet beginning Friday.
‘It was unbelievable’: Coquitlam soccer coach basks in glow of Olympic gold

‘It was unbelievable’: Coquitlam soccer coach basks in glow of Olympic gold

A Coquitlam soccer coach has just returned from his stint assisting Canada's national women's team win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Port Moody pub transforms into nursery to survive latest shutdown

Port Moody pub transforms into nursery to survive latest shutdown

A Port Moody pub has a strategy for surviving the latest round of COVID-19 public health restrictions that shut down all indoor dining. It's selling plants.
COVID-19 pandemic is derailing the dreams of young athletes

COVID-19 pandemic is derailing the dreams of young athletes

A study by the Canada Games Council says one in three Canadian youth are unsure if they'll return to playing their sport once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, and one in five say they won't return.