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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

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San Diego County Experiencing Early But Steady Flu Activity

Oct. 21
By Tarryn Mento

Officials report more cases this year compared to the same time last year but growth is stable.

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County Supervisors Approve Ban On Vaping Products In San Diego's Unincorporated Areas

Oct. 15
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

Supervisors voted 3-2 to prohibit flavored nicotine sales and impose a one-year ban on the sale and distribution of all electronic smoking devices within unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

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Experts Differ Over San Diego County's Proposed Ban To Curb Youth Vaping, Illnesses

Oct. 15
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego's top public health officer endorsed the proposal from two county supervisors but a local tobacco researcher has concerns.

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New Statewide Mental Health Helpline Expands Resources For San Diegans

Oct. 11
By Tarryn Mento

The new resource complements a locally operated helpline that’s already available to San Diegans, but it offers a different form of support.

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Awareness Helps But It’ll Take More To Shed Mental Illness Stigma

Oct. 8
By Tarryn Mento

Mental health advocates are encouraging San Diegans to think about behavioral health for National Mental Illness Awareness Week.

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San Diego County Launching Weekly Flu Reports Ahead Of Potentially Severe Season

Sept. 30
By Tarryn Mento

Two flu-related deaths so early in the season prompted San Diego County public health officials to begin its weekly tallies on cases and fatalities.

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Doulas Seen As Key To Battling Maternal, Infant Death Among San Diego's Black Community

Sept. 24
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego groups are supporting the moms and babies that face the highest rate of death from childbirth.

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More San Diego Schools Requesting Training To Prevent Student Vaping

Sept. 19
By Tarryn Mento

A local group reports an increase in requests for its tobacco prevention training as the vaping-related lung disease outbreak grows.

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San Diego Collaborating With State, Feds Amid 12 Local Cases Of Vaping-Related Illness

Sept. 13
By Tarryn Mento

The head of the county’s Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch shares details about the patients and explains how local and state officials are working together to investigate the mysterious illness.

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New Mental Health Clinic Offers Transportation, Child Care To Get Veterans Help

Sept. 5
By Tarryn Mento

Unaddressed mental health needs can lead to suicide, especially among military veterans.

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