Jason Bell wanted to be a lawyer when he was a kid. The movie The Paper Chase got him hooked on the idea of law school and, possibly, falling in love with someone exactly like Lindsay Wagner (before she went all bionic).
He went to the University of Winnipeg with the greatest of intentions, completing his undergraduate degree with an unexceptional 2.65 GPA — exactly what he deserved. Jason fared miserably on nearly every exam he took, but his short stories and essays were classics. He had mastered the art of BS, so a career in journalism seemed most appropriate.
He spent two productive years at Red River College in Creative Communications and was off and running on a career path in the newspaper business that wended its way through Arborg, Selkirk, Brandon and Winnipeg.
There were a few detours along the way, such as working in public relations for a non-profit organization and a stint in corporate communications. Jason even sold mattresses for one of the country’s largest manufacturers for a couple of years and can still recite coil counts and foam thicknesses.
In 2002, he hit the big time, joining the Free Press as a sports reporter and then moving into news a year later as a general assignment reporter. He worked a whole lot of Saturdays and Sundays those first few years, meaning he raced out to a whole lot of crime and collision scenes and house fires. He got to know cops, firefighters and lawyers. He talked with many grieving family members.
Luckily, he also covered high school and university athletics, Teddy Bear picnics, charity runs, Folkloramas, zoo animal births and other feel-good stories — the kind his lovely wife and two amazing kids prefer to read.
He was promoted to assistant city editor in 2007, and became the newspaper’s breaking news editor in 2012. He rejoined the sports department in mid-2016, covering the Jets, curling and a variety of amateur athletics, and was promoted to Sports Editor on April 11, 2022.
For Jason, much has changed in his years with the Free Press, but it’s still an awesome gig. He still gets a rush pursuing a story — The News Chase, as it were.
Recent articles by Jason Bell
Gunnlaugson, Carruthers reuniting for next Olympic cycle4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022
Friends reunited: Copp teaming up with Trouba again after trade to Rangers5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2022
Teammate thrilled watching Mosienko set NHL record 70 years ago8 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2022
Manitoba rinks to face each other in must-win game after playoff losses5 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 4, 2022
Zacharias says inexperience not a factor in tiebreaker loss at Scotties4 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 4, 2022
Jets playoff hopes hinge on struggling club turning things around as soon as possible6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022
Manitoba Moose had never heard of Evan Cormier – until he started winning games for them5 minute read Preview Monday, Jan. 10, 2022
Cole Perfetti trades Team Canada colours for Jets jersey4 minute read Preview Friday, Dec. 31, 2021
Mixed-doubles event cancellation disappoints Olympic curling hopefuls5 minute read Preview Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021
Former Ontario champ joins Team Lyburn for shot at provincial, national titles4 minute read Preview Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021
Fleury team tries to bounce back from Olympic-qualifying heartbreak5 minute read Preview Monday, Dec. 13, 2021
Jets’ special teams sputter in 4-2 loss to speedy Hurricanes7 minute read Preview Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021
Jets players know it is up to them to end scoring drought6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021
Fleury and East St. Paul rink one win away from Olympics4 minute read Preview Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021
Lott didn't hesitate when asked to be last-minute replacement on Team Dunstone6 minute read Preview Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021
Odds are strong a home-grown curler will be bound for Beijing13 minute read Preview Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021
Swapping Ehlers for Lowry against Sharks a stroke of genius or plain lucky?6 minute read Preview Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021
Nifty goal in shootout gives Blues win despite Hellebuyck's heroics in overtime6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021
Scheifele scores winner in shootout victory over Stars7 minute read Preview Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021
Beach ‘failed by a system that should have helped him’ Jets GM says6 minute read Preview Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021
Team Gunnlaugson controls own fate at pre-Oly curling trials4 minute read Preview Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021
Jets goalie Comrie expected to get first start on road trip6 minute read Preview Monday, Oct. 25, 2021
Jets rookie gets surprise start against Ducks in opener7 minute read Preview Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021
Perfetti probably won't start season with Jets in Anaheim5 minute read Preview Monday, Oct. 11, 2021
Tinkering, tough choices for Jets on eve of roster deadline3 minute read Preview Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021
Tireless Toninato happy to do what it takes to earn spot on Jets6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
Portage product Dean Stewart looks forward to having family, friends at games5 minute read Preview Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
Blue-liner Morrissey enjoying himself again6 minute read Preview Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021
Josh Morrissey still recognizes the value of training camp — even as he reaches the midway point of the ninth season of his NHL career — yet, this might be the most important fall session he’s participated in.
He isn’t battling for a job. Morrissey, 26, has distinguished himself as a pillar of what looks to be a vastly upgraded Winnipeg Jets defensive unit for the 2021-22 season.
Instead, Morrissey needed this one from a personal perspective. He needed some enjoyment.
“It’s exciting for me to be back with the guys, to be back on the ice, be around the group and have the fans there,” he said Friday. “Obviously, last year was a tough season with everything going on for me. It was a tough offseason, as well. In some ways, even some of the conversations I had with my dad down the line throughout the summer, ‘Once you go back to the season, go have fun and just go play and enjoy it.’”
Pionk still miffed about being traded in summer league4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2021
NEAL Pionk made it clear Tuesday he’s still rather miffed about The Trade.
Not the deal that landed him in Winnipeg about 27 months ago, with Jacob Trouba bound for Broadway. That one has worked out nicely for the Jets and the 26-year-old defenceman, who signed a new four-year contract in August, with an average annual value of US$5.875 million.
Nope, he’s still crabby about getting shuffled off a summer-league squad a few years back, and he hasn’t forgotten the identity of the individual he firmly believes was responsible for orchestrating the swap.
The architect of Da Beauty League blockbuster? None other than newest Jets defenceman Nate Schmidt.
Jets' Copp keen to show he's more than a defensive specialist6 minute read Preview Monday, Sep. 27, 2021
Chemistry between Stanley and DeMelo further strengthens blue line4 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 25, 2021
Brazilian striker continues to impress, fill net for Bison women5 minute read Preview Friday, Sep. 24, 2021
Reinvigorated Dubois eager to prove he's worthy of thoroughbred billing6 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 23, 2021
D-man Niku, Winnipeg Jets agree: it was time to move on5 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 23, 2021
Roster built for success leaves Jets with no excuses for anything but excellence10 minute read Preview Thursday, Sep. 23, 2021
Scheifele will do whatever it takes to make Olympic squad6 minute read Preview Friday, Sep. 3, 2021
U of M football team still feeling pain of heartbreaking playoff loss5 minute read Preview Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021
Jets prospect Gustafsson surprised once, won't happen again5 minute read Preview Monday, Jun. 14, 2021
Maurice admits Jets' blue-line 'thin' for past two seasons7 minute read Preview Friday, Jun. 11, 2021
Winnipeg's season comes to disappointing conclusion, Montreal advances7 minute read Preview Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2021
Jets prepared for anything as they await Round 2 opponent6 minute read Preview Sunday, May. 30, 2021
Ehlers OT hero in Jets’ stunning 5-4 playoff win over Oilers6 minute read Preview Sunday, May. 23, 2021
Einarson wraps memorable season with fourth-place finish4 minute read Preview Sunday, May. 23, 2021
Canada clinches Olympic mixed doubles curling berth, advances to playoffs5 minute read Preview Friday, May. 21, 2021
Team Canada off to sensational start at mixed-doubles curling championship6 minute read Preview Tuesday, May. 18, 2021
Despite Einarson’s olés, Canada conquers Spain4 minute read Preview Tuesday, May. 18, 2021
KERRI Einarson wasn’t satisfied with the numbers from Canada’s opener at the world mixed doubles curling championship Monday in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Except for the ones on the scoreboard.
While the Gimli curler’s shooting statistics were uncharacteristically low, she and partner Brad Gushue from St. John’s, N.L., combined to produce enough quality deliveries to post an 8-6 come-from-behind triumph over Spain.
It was the lone contest of the day for the Canadians, who stole two points in the eighth end against the team of Oihane Otaegi and Mikel Unanue.
Sports organizations finding ways to keep athletes active during pandemic6 minute read Preview Thursday, May. 13, 2021
Einarson’s Canada team eliminated from world women’s curling championship6 minute read Preview Sunday, May. 9, 2021
Einarson’s Team Canada suffers third consecutive loss at Worlds1 minute read Preview Sunday, May. 2, 2021
Former Jets, Red Wings remember the emotionally draining final 25 years ago17 minute read Preview Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021
Gimli rink on a roll heading into World Women's Curling Championship5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021
Oilers superstar McDavid scores three times, adds assist in rout of Jets6 minute read Preview Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2021
Confident keeper not letting bad outing get him down as Jets prepare for Leafs rematch6 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 23, 2021
Pair of Jets agree with Vegas goalie, COVID protocols should be relaxed for vaccinated teams6 minute read Preview Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021
Jets enjoying great success stifling opponents' power play6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2021
Speedy, skilled star Nikolaj Ehlers is using his powers for good9 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 16, 2021
McEwen lead bows out of Grand Slam events over COVID concerns6 minute read Preview Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2021
Maurice puts Monday's debacle in past as Jets prepare for rematch with Sens5 minute read Preview Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2021
Jets winger Appleton has had to prove he can play the game at every level21 minute read Preview Saturday, Apr. 10, 2021
Jets get depth scoring, stalwart goaltending in 4-2 win over Habs6 minute read Preview Thursday, Apr. 8, 2021
Jets captain in concussion protocol after taking elbow against Sens6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021
Pale silver lining for Jets with Canucks’ COVID predicament5 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 2, 2021
Canucks’ COVID situation may lead to long break for Jets4 minute read Preview Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021
Jets earn third-straight victory in 3-2 win over faltering Flames7 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 27, 2021
Playoffs very real possibility with renowned bench boss on board5 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 26, 2021
Einarson earns second national curling title in four weeks5 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 26, 2021
Sahaidak, Lott advance to mixed doubles championship game6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021
Jennifer Jones needs a mixed doubles title to complete the collection6 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 22, 2021
Curling Canada intent on bringing greater diversity to the Roarin' Game5 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 19, 2021
Resounding loss to Gushue leaves Team Manitoba in dire straits6 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 13, 2021
New Koe crew having some fun, focused on winning5 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 11, 2021
THE novelty of its reconfiguration hasn’t worn off and, in fact, is energizing Kevin Koe’s crew at the 2021 Brier in Calgary.
Team Wild Card 2 has picked off opponents one by one this week in assertive fashion, positioning itself nicely for the upcoming championship round and a drive to the playoffs at the Canadian men’s curling championship.
The Koe squad from Calgary’s Glencoe Club posted its sixth consecutive victory Wednesday morning, blasting Saskatchewan’s Matt Dunstone 9-2 in eight ends, and carried an unbeaten record up against Ontario’s John Epping in the late draw in Pool B.
“Obviously, that was a big win for us. Six wins is still miles away from where we need to be. It sounds stupid but the longer we go without losing, the better we are, especially if we can knock off some of the good teams,” said Koe, 46, gunning for a record fifth Brier title as a skip. “We’ve obviously put ourselves in a good spot.
Gunnlaugson, McEwen teams set for stacked field at curling championship7 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021
Gimli skip and crew win second consecutive Tournament of Hearts6 minute read Preview Monday, Mar. 1, 2021
Jones’ bid for record seventh Scotties crown comes to end4 minute read Preview Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021
Carey acquits herself quite nicely as fill-in for Fleury4 minute read Preview Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021
Defending champ looks good at 9-1, Scotties playoff pressure is on for Team Manitoba5 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 26, 2021
New Brunswick win leaves Jones one game away from Scotties’ championship pool1 minute read Preview Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
Sweeting in awe of eight-year-old son's resilience, spirit5 minute read Preview Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021
Winnipeg's Peterson takes a clear perspective into Scotties5 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 19, 2021
Einarson embraces Team Canada status for ‘surreal’ Scotties7 minute read Preview Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021
Rugged Senators winger leading by example on and off the ice4 minute read Preview Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021
Maurice can't understand criticism, while Wheeler focuses on wins5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021
Manitoba curlers leery of isolation period upon return from Calgary5 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 29, 2021
Provincial mixed-doubles champs finally set to curl for national glory5 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 22, 2021
Crab from the Maritimes escapes the pot to become a pet in Winnipeg3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021
Wrong addresses, long waits: problems persist with Manitoba’s vaccine rollout6 minute read Preview Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021
Oakbank's Ewasko tasked with perfecting the pebble for upcoming curling competitions in Calgary7 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 15, 2021
Care home outbreak now over, but fear for loved ones lingers4 minute read Preview Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021
Canada's reigning women's curling champ practising on Lake Winnipeg6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
Some of curling’s finest left in limbo7 minute read Preview Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021
Some details of the Calgary curling bubble are carved in stone while others are about as clear as mud, leaving two of Manitoba’s finest teams to wait and wonder if they’ll be summoned to the unprecedented event.
Actually, the Tracy Fleury team from East St. Paul and Mike McEwen’s foursome from West St. Paul aren’t just held in high regard close to home but also in Canada and on the world stage. Yet, their participation in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Brier, respectively, has yet to be determined.
That’s because Curling Canada, through not fault of its own, has finalized dates but has yet to release the format of its crown jewel championships, including who’s attending and from where. The Scotties kicks things off Feb. 20-28 at the Markin MacPhail Centre, followed by the Brier, March 6-14. Curling Canada has already stated there will be no wild-card games played in the bubble.
Selena Njegovan, third for the Fleury quartet that lost last year’s play-in game on the eve of the 2020 Scotties in Moose Jaw, Sask., said they’re hoping for some good news within the next few weeks. And all things considered in a most unusual season such as this, they believe they should be there.