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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

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San Diego City Council Committee Hears Suggestions To Address Housing Crisis

April 18
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

The San Diego City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee hosted discussions Wednesday intended to alleviate the city's affordable housing challenges.

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City Heights Coffee House Grows From Cart To Storefront

April 16
By Tarryn Mento

The nonprofit focuses on employing youth, immigrants and others who may face difficulties finding a job.

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Potential Fair Housing Violations You May Not Know About

April 11
By Tarryn Mento

Facebook and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 are decades away from each other, but the two were referenced in the same breath Tuesday when a U.S. senator questioned the tech company's CEO.

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Redlining's Mark On San Diego Persists 50 Years After Housing Protections

April 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin, Tarryn Mento

Decades after it was outlawed, the impact of a federal housing program that fostered racial segregation is still felt in San Diego.

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City Heights Embraces Dockless Bikes While Other Communities Fight Them

April 4
By Tarryn Mento

The city of Coronado and San Diego communities of Little Italy and La Jolla claim their rights of way are overwhelmed by the freestanding bikes, while businesses farther east in City Heights are hoping to see more of them.

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Why This NOAA Scientist Is Temporarily Calling City Heights Home

March 28
By Tarryn Mento

An upcoming science education center in the San Diego neighborhood will also house a scientist-in-residence.

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Final Tax Filing Tips Before April 17 Deadline

March 23
By Tarryn Mento

Every taxpayer is responsible for the accuracy of his or her own tax returns — even if they used a paid preparer.

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San Diego’s Somalis Worried About Mental Health Needs

March 12
By Tarryn Mento

Members of San Diego's Somali community share their stories about losing loved ones to suicide in an effort to shed the taboo on psychological disorders.

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Where To Find Free Tax Prep For Low-Income Filers

March 8
By Elma Gonzalez, Tarryn Mento

Those who make $54,000 or less may qualify to receive tax preparation at no charge. There are at least two dozen locations around the county and some provide services in multiple languages.

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Film Editor Looks To San Diego’s Syrian Refugee Kids For Possible Documentary Series

March 2
By Tarryn Mento

A Southern California video editor wants young Syrian refugees in El Cajon to document their lives for a potential TV program.

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