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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 by Tarryn Mento

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Drivers Ed Helps Women Refugees Navigate Road To Self-Sufficiency

Oct. 18
By Tarryn Mento

Weekdays are a struggle for Abir Aldabbagh and her family. With four children attending different schools, Aldabbagh’s husband — the family's only licensed driver — juggles shuttling the kids to class with his job as a rideshare driver.

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Budget Cuts, Layoffs And Closures Hit Refugee-Serving Organizations

Sept. 25
By Tarryn Mento

The administration's recent announcement to slash refugee arrivals for this upcoming fiscal year is causing uncertainty for people overseas and also affecting organizations assisting newcomers in the U.S.

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US Slashes Number Of Refugees To 30,000 For Next Year

Sept. 17
By Associated Press, Tarryn Mento

The Trump administration is cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000.

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State Looks To Local Organizations For Help Counting All Californians In 2020 Census

Sept. 10
By Tarryn Mento

The state effort comes amid new challenges posed by the upcoming federal survey.

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State Board Looks To Public For Help Addressing Racial Profiling By Police

Sept. 6
By Tarryn Mento

The state's Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board was created in 2015 and tasked with addressing any instances of bias exhibited by California law enforcement officers.

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Marin, San Diego Counties Work To Keep Offenders From Prosecution Through Restorative Justice

Aug. 30
By Tarryn Mento

Adults who commit a crime in Marin County can avoid prosecution by taking part in "restorative justice." A similar program exists in San Diego for some juvenile offenders.

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Mid-City Program That Addresses School-To-Prison Pipeline Looks To Expand

Aug. 29
By Tarryn Mento

Organizers behind a limited program that steers youth offenders away from detention are exploring expanding to other communities.

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Little Saigon To Get Cultural Landmark Sign On I-15 Freeway

Aug. 27
By Tarryn Mento

The Legislature is expected to push forward a plan to direct motorists from the freeway to the Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood.

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How City Heights Is Trying To Protect Its Multicultural Roots

Aug. 21
By Tarryn Mento

City Heights groups want to tap a state tool to protect the community's residents and businesses in the face of San Diego's booming housing market and looming gentrification.

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Taco-Centric Fiesta Highlights Diversity In City Heights

Aug. 13
By Tarryn Mento and Mika Kanke / Media Arts Center of San Diego

Tacos, culture and community — that’s the focus of the monthly Fiesta on the Avenue event in the Mid-City neighborhood.

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