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Tarryn Mento

Health Reporter - Contributor through March 2021

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Tarryn Mento served as KPBS' health reporter. She had previously worked as the multimedia producer for MetroFocus at WNET in New York City. She was also a Pulliam Fellow at the Arizona Republic.

Tarryn 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.

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

Health care providers gather at the nurses’ sta...

California Hospitals Given Leeway To Use ‘Last Resort’ Staffing Waivers, Analysis Shows

March 4
By Jill Castellano / inewsource, Tarryn Mento

An inewsource-KPBS investigation found dozens of facilities that received waivers failed to document that it had tried the state’s alternative options first.

A vial of a COVID-19 vaccine at the CSU San Mar...

Percentage Of Fully Vaccinated San Diegans Inching Up, But Fewer Average Daily Doses

Feb. 23
By Tarryn Mento

Vaccine supply delays and shortages are resulting in far fewer average daily doses than required to reach the county's target.

The inside of a refrigerator at Family Health C...

Fragile COVID-19 Vaccine Providers Must Follow Stringent Dose Handling Guidelines

Feb. 22
By Tarryn Mento

A degree too warm, or a room too bright, could render a vial ineffective at a time when shipment delays and shortages mean back-up doses are practically nonexistent.

Victoriano Diaz, senior associate director of p...

The Many Logistics And Challenges Of Launching A COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Feb. 12
By Tarryn Mento

The careful execution of a successful site is critical to reaching the county’s goal to inoculate 1.8 million San Diegans by summer.

A health care worker at a county vaccination si...

Limited Vaccine Supply Slows San Diego County's Vaccination Goal Progress

Feb. 10
By Tarryn Mento

The county and other providers in the region need to be delivering 22,881 doses a day to reach that target, but officials said they continued to be hamstrung by the limited vaccine shipments coming from the state.

Linxing He, 90, receives the first dose of a CO...

How To Get 1.8 Million San Diegans Vaccinated

Feb. 8
By Brooke Ruth, Tarryn Mento

The goal is to vaccinate 1.8 million people in San Diego County by July 1. That’s about 70% of the region’s population over age 16. So, what does the county need to do to reach that goal?

Tease photo for COVID-19 Vaccines In San Diego: The W...

COVID-19 Vaccines In San Diego: The Whys And Hows

Feb. 2
By Pat Finn, Tarryn Mento

KPBS health reporter Tarryn Mento talked with Nick Macchione and Dr. Wilma Wooten of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to get the latest on the coronavirus vaccine situation.

A health care worker getting vaccinated for COV...

The Local Database That Could Influence How Much COVID-19 Vaccine San Diego Receives

Feb. 2
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego County is banking that a higher vaccine usage rate will prompt larger allocations from the state and is urging providers to use a locally developed database to track how quickly vaccinators are moving through doses.

COVID-19 vaccines at the Vaccination Super Stat...

Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered

Jan. 21
By Brooke Ruth, Tarryn Mento

Dr. Christian Ramers responds to your questions about vaccine storage, distribution and when certain groups will be eligible to get the vaccine.

Registered nurse Celene Salazar, left, closes h...

Nonprofit Training Up Its Volunteers To Vaccinate In Long-Term Care Facilities

Jan. 21
By Tarryn Mento

Educating vaccinators on the particulars of handling the current emergency approved products is one key step to expanding rollout, especially to vulnerable San Diegans.

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Stories featuring work by Tarryn Mento

An Alzheimer's patient works on a word puzzle a...

County To Get $750,000 For Dementia Studies, Programs

Feb. 12, 2020
By City News Service

San Diego County's public health agency is one of six across the state that will receive $750,000 over three years to help address issues of dementia, the California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday.


Election 2020: Knowing The Deadlines To Register And To Get A Mail Ballot

Feb. 18, 2020
By John Carroll, Maureen Cavanaugh

As the March 3 California primary nears, San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu wants the public to know about the voting process.

Man walking out of 7-Eleven in Bay Park on Aug....

San Diego Still Awaiting Guidance After Falling Off State Monitoring List

Aug. 19, 2020
By City News Service

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said he and other county officials were expecting to hear about the framework for reopening indoor businesses from the state by Monday.