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Tarryn Mento

Speak City Heights Reporter

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Tarryn Mento has reported from three countries and in two languages. Her work has been published by The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News, and El Nuevo Herald.

Prior to serving as the Speak City Heights reporter, Tarryn was the multimedia producer for MetroFocus at WNET in New York City. She was also the web producer and metro reporter for KPBS and a Pulliam Fellow at the Arizona Republic.

She completed her master's degree at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where she was named a Carnegie-Knight News 21 Fellow.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Tarryn completed her undergraduate education in journalism at SUNY-Albany.

Recent Stories by Tarryn Mento

Not-Your-Average Book Drive Brings Curated Titles To City Heights Kids

Not-Your-Average Book Drive Brings Curated Titles To City Heights Kids

Aug. 16
By Tarryn Mento

As part of a national program, the San Diego Housing Commission and San Diego Public Library System will distribute new books that were curated specifically for the local community.

Study Of California’s Medical Interpretation Services Still Mired I...

Study Of California’s Medical Interpretation Services Still Mired In Process

Aug. 14
By Tarryn Mento

Gov. Jerry Brown in September signed AB 635. It directed the state to examine whether California is doing enough to provide interpretation to patients who speak a foreign language.

Refugee Families Forced To Move; Too Many Living In Their Apartments

Refugee Families Forced To Move; Too Many Living In Their Apartments

Aug. 9
By Tarryn Mento

After a KPBS investigation found four refugee families living with more people in their apartments than on their lease, more have come forward, saying a resettlement agency put them in apartments that were too small.

How Community Members Can Help Their Neighbors Thwart Chronic Diseases

How Community Members Can Help Their Neighbors Thwart Chronic Diseases

Aug. 4
By Tarryn Mento

In City Heights on Friday, 40 participants celebrated their completion of a free course in chronic disease prevention.

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma

July 27
By Tarryn Mento

Refugees say resettlement workers faced with a tight rental market crammed them into too-small apartments, under leases that omitted occupants. They say that puts them at risk of losing their homes.

It's San Diego Pride, But This Woman Is Wanted For Being Gay

It's San Diego Pride, But This Woman Is Wanted For Being Gay

July 13
By Tarryn Mento

Sylvie fled to San Diego after she was beaten in her native Cameroon for being a lesbian. There is a warrant for her arrest in her native country.

San Diego Unified Approves New Discipline Policy

San Diego Unified Approves New Discipline Policy

July 12
By Tarryn Mento

The School Climate Bill of Rights prioritizes mediation, counseling and communication over suspension or expulsion. Research shows traditional methods disproportionately affect San Diego students of color and those with disabilities.

City Heights Group Proposes Counseling Instead Of Suspension In SD ...

City Heights Group Proposes Counseling Instead Of Suspension In SD Unified Schools

July 10
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego Unified School District's Board of Education will vote on a community-driven policy that would entitle students to address conflicts through restorative practices instead of punitive measures.

World Refugee Day: 7 Stories To Read About Resettlement In San Diego

World Refugee Day: 7 Stories To Read About Resettlement In San Diego

June 16
By Tarryn Mento

The region has a long history of welcoming refugees and KPBS has documented it over the years.

First Comes Art, Then Comes A Party, Then Comes Community Empowerment

First Comes Art, Then Comes A Party, Then Comes Community Empowerment

June 15
By Tarryn Mento

Working with neighborhood groups, a trio of community members is setting out to unite residents and shed any negative perception of San Diego's City Heights region.

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