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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

Former Express star honoured by new BCHL award

Former Express star honoured by new BCHL award

New Westminster's Kyle Turris has been an enthusiastic supporter for an adaptive hockey program.
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
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.
‘I got goosebumps’: How a kid from Coquitlam ended up as a starting goalie for China’s national hockey team at the Beijing Winter Olympics

‘I got goosebumps’: How a kid from Coquitlam ended up as a starting goalie for China’s national hockey team at the Beijing Winter Olympics

Five years ago Paris O'Brien was honing his game in preparation to play goalie for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BC Hockey League. Then his hockey career took a hard left
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.
Rabies alert at White Pine Beach in Port Moody

Rabies alert at White Pine Beach in Port Moody

An injured bat may have infected up to nine people with rabies after they handled it at Port Moody's White Pine Beach.
BCJALL to showcase players in special summer tournament

BCJALL to showcase players in special summer tournament

The BC Junior A Lacrosse League has announced its teams will play a "summer showcase" series of games beginning in early July to give players a chance to show off their skills to scouts and college recruiters.
Mann Cup, WLA season cancelled again by COVID-19 pandemic

Mann Cup, WLA season cancelled again by COVID-19 pandemic

The Western Lacrosse Association has cancelled its 2021 season after Lacrosse Canada announced Tuesday it is pulling the plug on the Mann Cup senior national championship that was scheduled to be played in Ontario in September.
‘It’s going to be some heated affairs:’ Coquitlam Express set for 20-game schedule in Burnaby

‘It’s going to be some heated affairs:’ Coquitlam Express set for 20-game schedule in Burnaby

The Coquitlam Express will open its 20-game season on April 2 against the Surrey Eagles.