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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

The emergency entrance to a hospital in San Die...

National Demand For Travel Nurses Raises Concerns About Availability For Local Hospitals

Nov. 27
By Tarryn Mento

A local staffing agency is helping the nation’s hospitals find enough clinicians to care for a potential COVID-19 patient surge. But the rising demand across the U.S. could make it difficult to meet expected needs in San Diego County.

78th State Assembly District candidates Chris W...

Chris Ward Leads Sarah Davis For 78th Assembly District Seat

Nov. 3
By Tarryn Mento

The winner of the election to represent the 78th Assembly District say they will fight to bring state funds to their communities and help craft laws that affect all Californians.

Monique Imroth, director of emergency managemen...

San Diego Hospitals Bracing For Potential Emergency Needs Around The Election

Nov. 2
By Tarryn Mento

Hospitals are always planning ahead for disasters that could send a wave of patients their way, and the tensions around Election Day have them on high alert.

Brittany Goyette, a licensed ICU registered nur...

Nurses Move To San Diego And Around US To Care For COVID-19 Patients

Oct. 30
By Tarryn Mento

In our ongoing series on the region's COVID-19 data, KPBS looks at how hospitals are maintaining staffing during the pandemic.

78th State Assembly District candidates Chris W...

Democrats Chris Ward, Sarah Davis Fight To Rep San Diego's Coastal 78th Assembly District

Oct. 27
By Tarryn Mento

The 78th Assembly District along San Diego’s coast includes some of the region’s most popular sites, but the state race between two Democrats is overshadowed by tight contests for president and San Diego’s mayor.

Danisha Jenkins, director of critical care serv...

San Diego County Monitors Hospital Capacity But Not Everyone Agrees How To Track It

Oct. 16
By Tarryn Mento

In our ongoing series about San Diego County's metrics to monitor coronavirus spread, KPBS examines different approaches to tallying available hospital beds.

Jeff Heine, executive director of the San Diego...

County Still Evaluating Goal On COVID-19 Outbreaks (Which It Still Can’t Meet)

Oct. 9
By Tarryn Mento

In an ongoing series, KPBS is examining data tracked by the county to monitor coronavirus in the region, including community outbreaks.

A flu vaccine vial is shown in this undated pho...

San Diego Nonprofit Prepared For High Demand Of Its Free Flu Shots

Oct. 5
By Tarryn Mento

Organizers behind mobile clinics that deliver free flu shots are expecting such high turnout this year. They purchased a new portable fridge to hold double their usual immunizations.

A sign outside the county’s walk-up testing sit...

San Diego COVID-19 Data Funneled Through Patchwork Of Overlapping Reporting Networks

Oct. 2
By Tarryn Mento

In an ongoing series, KPBS is examining how data that shows the spread of coronavirus in San Diego County is collected from beginning to end.

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.

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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.