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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

Kenya's Change Of Heart Brings Temporary Relief To San Diego's Somali Population

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The decision to close the world's largest refugee camp has been put on hold, at least for now. The development is welcome news to San Diego's Somali residents, many of whom have friends and family still at the camp in Kenya.

Bike Valet Pilot Program Coming To City Heights

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In an effort to foster bike culture, a vacant space on El Cajon Boulevard and Central Avenue will soon be home to a volunteer-run collective that will serve the area's cyclists.

City Heights YMCA Taps Into Olympic Fervor With Rugby Clinic

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The addition of rugby to this year’s Olympic games has brought renewed attention to the sport and now kids can learn the game for free in City Heights.

Kenyan Refugee Camp Closure Shakes San Diego's Somali Population

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The news that the complex will close in November has left San Diego's Somali population on edge as the fate of loved ones still living in the complex is unknown.

East African Refugee Goes From City Heights To Olympic Games

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You probably know Olympic athletes Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and Usain Bolt. But on Friday, you'll want to turn your attention to Team USA’s Charles Jock. The former San Diegan and refugee will compete in the 800-meter race.

Memorial For San Diego Officer Killed In 2011 Follows Funeral Of Slain Cop

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After one fallen San Diego cop was laid to rest last week, officers are preparing to honor another. A pre-planned celebration of life for fallen Officer Jeremy Henwood comes at a painful time for the Police Department.

National Event Connects Residents With San Diego Police Officers

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The event is called National Night Out, and communities across the country will participate in the annual event Tuesday. Here in San Diego, it will take place at three mid-city locations.

San Diego Taxi Union Wants City To Better Regulate Uber, Lyft

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The United Taxi Workers of San Diego is calling on cab drivers in the area, many of whom live in City Heights, to come together and push for reforms.

Group Hopes Empty City Heights Lot Will Spur Economic Development

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Following the success of its recent pop-up film night in a vacant City Heights lot, a local business group hopes to further develop the empty space into a community hub.

Pop-Up Latino Film Series Brings Life To Empty City Heights Lot

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Cine Carretera, or Highway Theater, will show family-friendly movies in Spanish this month. The empty spot on El Cajon Boulevard is among the spaces in City Heights that became vacant after California abolished its redevelopment program in 2012.

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