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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

Posts prompt Port Moody council to reconsider Middle East motion

Posts prompt Port Moody council to reconsider Middle East motion

Port Moody council passed a motion on Tuesday supporting Canada's official position advocating for peace in the Middle East.
Photos: How this white van delivers health care to homeless populations in the Tri-Cities, Burnaby and New West

Photos: How this white van delivers health care to homeless populations in the Tri-Cities, Burnaby and New West

Fraser Health's Integrated Homelessness Action Response Team services communities north of the Fraser River.
Social media stunt closes boat ramp in Port Moody

Social media stunt closes boat ramp in Port Moody

A man was allegedly paid to drive his vehicle into Burrard Inlet for a live-streaming video.
Photos: Preserving Burnaby and New West's first drafts of history

Photos: Preserving Burnaby and New West's first drafts of history

The NOW and Record may be digital, but the nostalgia and headlines of the past will live on.
'We need to protect our renters': Port Moody to pitch for B.C.-wide rental maintenance standards

'We need to protect our renters': Port Moody to pitch for B.C.-wide rental maintenance standards

Port Moody councillors say most property standards are now set and policed by local bylaws.
This is why you'll be seeing red at some Burnaby landmarks on Sunday

This is why you'll be seeing red at some Burnaby landmarks on Sunday

Burnaby City Hall and the BC Parkway will be lit in red.
A popular Burnaby café — known for its black waffles — is coming to Coquitlam

A popular Burnaby café — known for its black waffles — is coming to Coquitlam

La Foret Café and Bakery operates two locations in Burnaby, and will add a third along Coquitlam's Austin Avenue this spring.
Update: Missing person found

Update: Missing person found

Carlo Basso promoted as head coach of SFU's women's soccer team

Carlo Basso promoted as head coach of SFU's women's soccer team

The Red Leafs' men's soccer alum was the interim head coach for the 2023 season.
Coquitlam company boosting N95 mask production with the province's help

Coquitlam company boosting N95 mask production with the province's help

Novo Textiles pivoted in 2020 from manufacturing pillows and dog beds to making surgical masks to help with the COVID-19 crisis.
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