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Tarryn Mento

Health 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 KPBS' health reporter, Tarryn was the multimedia producer for MetroFocus at WNET in New York City. She was also 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

Fentanyl pills pictured from a seizure in San D...

7,800 Packages Of Meth, Fentanyl And Heroin Mailed Across US From San Diego

Jan. 15
By Tarryn Mento

A man pleaded guilty in federal court this month to shipping thousands of packages filled with drugs across the country.

A welcome sign greets visitors and patients at ...

Hospitals Restricting Visitation As Flu Activity Grows In San Diego

Jan. 10
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego County medical facilities are limiting the number of young visitors to help keep the flu at bay.

Julietta Losoyo, right, a registered nurse at t...

Norovirus, Whooping Cough Are Diseases To Watch Out For In San Diego

Jan. 6
By Tarryn Mento

Flu isn't the only virus on the horizon this winter. One of San Diego County’s top public health officials said the region could experience significant increases this year in norovirus and pertussis, known as whooping cough.

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Thousands Of Nonpartisan San Diegans Still Haven't Taken Action To Vote For President

Jan. 2
By Tarryn Mento

The county’s top election official is warning nonpartisan voters to act now if they want to vote for president in the March primary.

A flyer at the Family Health Centers of San Die...

Medi-Cal Expands Health Coverage For Young Adults Who Can't Prove Legal Residence

Jan. 2
By Tarryn Mento

California's Medicaid program will now provide full coverage to 19 to 25-year-olds who may be in the country illegally.

Four-year-old Patrick Jang looks down at a pict...

San Diego Library Encourages Family Reading With Winter Challenge

Dec. 30, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

Participants who read five books or log five hours of reading to complete the program will be eligible for a variety of prizes, including passes to the Maritime Museum of San Diego and restaurant vouchers.

Packages of methamphetamine confiscated by U.S....

Meth Is Easy To Get In San Diego, But Addiction Is Hard To Treat

Dec. 17, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

The government reports highlight methamphetamine’s continued grip on the region at a time when the opioid crisis is the nationwide focus.

Kim Gallo, director of the San Diego County’s A...

San Diego Hospitals, County Pledge To Improve Emergency Care For Older Patients

Dec. 10, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

Representatives from nine hospitals and health care systems agreed to seek training and certification over the next year to better serve seniors.

In this undated photo, a health worker draws bl...

Where To Find Free HIV Testing For World AIDS Day (And After Too)

Dec. 2, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

UC San Diego is making free HIV testing more accessible to residents through Thursday to mark World AIDS Day, which occurred on Dec. 1.

The San Diego Central Jail on Front Street, Aug...

Connection Between Meth Use, Mental Illness Found Among San Diego Arrestees

Nov. 18, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

A new analysis from the San Diego Association of Governments found adult arrestees who had used meth in their lifetime were more likely to have a mental health condition that those who had never used the drug.

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