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Mr. Julio H. Gomes

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The Chronicle Journal
75 S. Cumberland St.
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 1A3
Canada

 
Background

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    St. Joseph's School

Education

  • English
    Lakehead University
  • degree , journalism
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If coming from a well-rounded background with a broad understanding of many issues that impact our complex world prepares journalists for the challenges of the news world, then LU graduate Julio Gomes is a perfect fit for his new position as managing editor of the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal.
Julio, who graduated from Lakehead University in 1986 with an HBA in English, is the quintessential newsman - a modern Renaissance Man with varied interests and passions, which range from literature and philosophy to the people's arena of sports, a field where his name is recognized as both a sports reporter and player.
But his path to the top chair at Thunder Bay's daily newspaper actually began on the other side of the world, a long way from the chilly shores of Lake Superior. Born on August 31st, 1962 in Outeiro da Fonte in central Portugal, Julio's youthful appearance belies his chronological age of 45. He arrived in Canada when he was seven-years-old, with his mother and sister, to join his father who was working in the bush.
The family disembarked in mid-December of 1969, less than ideal timing for the young Julio who found himself thrust into a brand new world in more ways than one. "I had never seen snow, had never known this type of cold and had never heard a world of English spoken," he recalls. But, as children are wont to do, he adapted quickly to this strange new land.
Julio's family initially settled in the Old World enclave of Banning Street and he began his education at St. Joseph's School, where he started Grade One with a significant language barrier. But he didn't remain limited for very long, and by the time he reached Grade 3 he was advanced to Grade 4 and had fully recaptured the academic promise he exhibited while attending school in Portugal. He would go on to graduate from Hammarskjöld High School and make a career choice that was consistent with the early talent that he demonstrated in writing and communications. Julio tells me that as a youngster he read a lot and recollects being quite a science fiction fan in those days. With his imagination already stimulated, he found he had a natural creative flare, which was quickly detected by his teachers who encouraged him in his writing endeavours.
Therefore, it was no surprise that Julio elected to pursue a degree in journalism, and he completed his first year at Carleton University in Ottawa. "It was a good experience," he reflects, but readily admits that he was homesick and missing his close-knit family and network of good friends in Thunder Bay. So, with no regrets, he made the decision to return home and enroll in the Arts program as an English major at Lakehead University.
Julio recalls his experience at LU as a decidedly positive one. Not only was he able to walk to school, but the smaller class sizes provided a more intimate atmosphere, which not only facilitated students getting to know their professors, but professors knowing many of their students on a personal level. Julio also feels that the general arts background he received, with exposure to Literature, History, Political Science and Philosophy, was the perfect training ground for the multifaceted news business that would eventually become his career. Ironically, he also received his first formal introduction to the wild and wonderful world of student journalism while at LU when he joined the staff of the student newspaper.
When Julio wasn't reading or writing, he was engaging in his other passion -- sports, either as a spectator or player, all the while building up considerable knowledge and acumen in this broad-reaching field. While in his fourth year, he became the official "sports reporter" for the Argus, which included writing articles and columns and an eventual stint as the sports editor. Julio remains especially appreciative of the opportunity to gain practical experience as a journalist while still a student, helping him to further define his career goals and find his niche.
But, when graduation day arrived in 1986, Julio found himself with "no immediate door to cross through" and his first full-time working experience was back at CN Rail as a labourer where he had earned his tuition money in previous summers. When the first full-time writing position surfaced in the form of a sports writer at the local biweekly newspaper, Lakehead Living, Julio was anxious to return to the field of communications. He was the successful candidate and recalls that first transition from a well-paying labourer job to an entry-level reporter. "The pay was abysmal," he says, laughing. But he was doing what he loved and he was good at it. He remained with LL for three years before joining the Times-News in 1989, once again as sports reporter.
Julio's career with the paper now known as the Chronicle-Journal would bring him more than a few memorable moments and exciting opportunities to work and interact with people who were well-known and established in the field. He worked with local legends in the sports field such as Pentti Lund and Bill Guy. When the two daily papers amalgamated in 1996, Julio had a small but critical role in a piece of local history when he laid out the last front page of the Chronicle-Journal as an afternoon paper.
The newly minted Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal was a fertile learning ground for the ambitious young reporter and Julio was now reporting on a variety of topics beyond the sports arena. He found himself covering everything from education and municipal affairs to the court and police beat, an area that he enjoyed and found particularly intriguing. In conducting investigations and doing the inevitable "digging" that is a reporter's mission, Julio feels that it was particularly helpful to be a local boy with lots of contacts. His courteous and affable manner no doubt played a role in his ability to connect with and engage people to ultimately get to the root of the story.
Julio has remained with the paper since first climbing on board in 1989. His skills and savvy were recognized when he took over, albeit on a temporary basis, as news editor in 1995. In January of this year, he was appointed to the position of managing editor, a management position which he says will allow him to draw upon all of his varied interests to make improvements to the paper and more connect it to the community it serves. With the Renaissance Man at the drawing board, readers can definitely look forward to some stimulating changes in Thunder Bay's steadfast daily paper.
But life is not all about work and this family man relaxes by reading, listening to music (classic rock is a favourite) and playing soccer and, most recently, golf. Proving that the ability to turn a word is somewhat hereditary, Julio is especially proud of his seventeen-year-old son, Justin, who is already showing promise as a budding columnist and writer.
When asked for a quote that reflects his personal philosophy, Julio doesn't hesitate and turns to the esteemed philosopher Frederick Nietzsche for these words of wisdom: "I want, once and for all, not to know many things.
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- Julio H. Gomes, Managing Editor,The Chronicle Journal (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
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Managing editor Julio Gomes, ...
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Managing editor Julio Gomes, who has worked at the Chronicle Journal for 23 years, said that a decade ago people would show up at the paper "one right behind the other. Now a few dozen people a summer contact the newsroom.
Over the years, the causes being promoted have become more obscure, Gomes said, and there are more people on personal odysseys.
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By Julio Gomes - The Chronicle-Journal
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A former Gull Bay First Nation band councillor will have to wait three weeks before he finds out if his pleas of innocence have had the desired result.
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