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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

In this July 16, 2020, file photo, two physicia...

Southern California Officials Drafting Rollout Plans In Anticipation Of Potential COVID-19 Vaccine

Sept. 25
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego County public health officials are working on a plan, but won't share details until it is further along.

A sign hung on the exterior of Rudford's Restau...

Answering Your Questions On Reopening In San Diego

Sept. 23
By John Carroll, Tarryn Mento

San Diegans have many questions about what can and what can't reopen during the current stage of the pandemic. We have some answers.

Laurel McFarlane, an events coordinator and con...

San Diego Nightlife Hotspots Are Also Outbreak Hotspots, Analysis Shows

Sept. 15
By Tarryn Mento

A KPBS analysis of COVID-19 community outbreaks shows ZIP codes that include the Gaslamp Quarter and Pacific Beach have had the most outbreaks.

Coronavirus testing at the San Diego county lab...

Your COVID-19 Questions Answered

Aug. 27
By Brooke Ruth, Tarryn Mento

From federal testing guidelines to improving air circulation in a classroom, we asked a local infectious disease specialist to respond to your questions about the novel coronavirus.

Pharmacist Smita Sane, right, gives a flu shot ...

Kaiser Doctor Says Flu Vaccine Even More Important During COVID-19 Pandemic

Aug. 26
By Tarryn Mento

Kaiser Permanente already received its first shipment of flu vaccines and they want people to get them because lung damage from flu makes you more susceptible to other respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19.

An electronic sign on state Route 56 in Rancho ...

Governor Says San Diego County Could Exit State Monitoring List By Tuesday

Aug. 17
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday announced the first California county was officially removed from the state’s watch list. But even though local officials said it met the criteria last week, San Diego wasn’t the region Newsom named.

Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten speaks a...

County, State Not Seeing Eye To Eye On COVID Case Rate Calculation

Aug. 8
By Tarryn Mento

A county spokesman confirmed Friday evening that local and state officials are not reaching the same number for the region’s rate of new cases of the virus.

Cars wait to enter the United States from Tijua...

County To Open Border Covid Test Site Without Additional State, Fed Support

Aug. 8
By Tarryn Mento

Local health system leaders and a county official asked the federal government for help with testing or screening at the border, but ultimately California and U.S. officials did not agree to fully fund a local proposal.

Stoppers are placed on filled vials of the expe...

Becerra Asking US To Step In To Increase Coronavirus Drug Supply, Decrease Cost

Aug. 5
By Megan Burke, Tarryn Mento

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra is calling on the federal government to increase the availability and decrease the price of remdesivir, the only drug given FDA authorization to treat COVID-19.

Dr. Christian Ramers of Family Health Centers o...

Community Clinic Seeing High Rate Of Positive Coronavirus Tests

Aug. 4
By Tarryn Mento

The nonprofit Family Health Centers of San Diego serves patients, many of whom are uninsured, in the region’s low-income communities.

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

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

Feb. 12
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
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
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.