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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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KPBS, News Outlets Inch Forward In Fight For Police Misconduct Records

Feb. 15
By Tarryn Mento

A judge allowed a coalition of San Diego media organizations, including KPBS, to intervene in a legal case over the release of documents detailing past police misconduct.

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San Diego Advocate Earns Fellowship, Grant Funds For Work Supporting Immigrants

Feb. 13
By Tarryn Mento

Nonprofit founder Ramla Sahid earned a fellowship from a California foundation that included a $250,000 grant.

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Sheriff's Department Says It'll Cost $354K To Provide Police Records

Feb. 13
By Tarryn Mento

KPBS asked county law enforcement agencies to release records related to police misconduct and the use of force under a new state law. But a response from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department shows its records won’t come cheap.

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KPBS Requests Law Enforcement Records; Police Unions Sue To Prevent Disclosure

Feb. 11
By Claire Trageser, Tarryn Mento

KPBS is asking for details about officers who committed sexual assault, killed someone in the line of duty, or were investigated for use of force. Reactions from law enforcement agencies in San Diego County have varied, depending on the department.

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New Outreach Coordinator To Bring One-On-One Support To Mid City Homeless

Feb. 8
By Tarryn Mento

Groups in two San Diego neighborhoods teamed up to create a new role that assists people living on the area's streets.

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City Heights High Schoolers Are Prepping To Become Your Next Doctor

Feb. 4
By Tarryn Mento

An initiative provides on-the-job training to students from disadvantaged communities in the hopes of boosting their wellness and leading them toward a career in health care.

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San Diego’s Crosswalks Could See Colorful Makeover

Jan. 31
By Tarryn Mento

City staff are working on a plan to allow embellishments to pedestrian crossings, which they previously did not permit because of federal guidelines on traffic devices.

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Where Federal Workers Can Find Support Amid The Shutdown

Jan. 24
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

Organizations across San Diego are jumping into action to help support workers and their families affected by the government shutdown.

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State Board Reviews Data On Police Use Of Force, Citizen Complaints In Upcoming Report

Dec. 31, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

The Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board will in 2020 analyze data on the race and identity of people that are stopped by police, but its 2019 annual report also aims to help address biased policing in California.

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Nonprofit Brings Cheap Laptops To San Diego's Low-Income Families

Dec. 27, 2018
By Tarryn Mento

The San Diego Futures Foundation sells refurbished computers to residents that make under a certain amount each year to help address a gap in access.

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