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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

Kim Gallo, director of the San Diego County’s A...

San Diego Hospitals, County Pledge To Improve Emergency Care For Older Patients

Dec. 10
By Tarryn Mento

Representatives from nine hospitals and health care systems agreed to seek training and certification over the next year to better serve seniors.

In this undated photo, a health worker draws bl...

Where To Find Free HIV Testing For World AIDS Day (And After Too)

Dec. 2
By Tarryn Mento

UC San Diego is making free HIV testing more accessible to residents through Thursday to mark World AIDS Day, which occurred on Dec. 1.

The San Diego Central Jail on Front Street, Aug...

Connection Between Meth Use, Mental Illness Found Among San Diego Arrestees

Nov. 18
By Tarryn Mento

A new analysis from the San Diego Association of Governments found adult arrestees who had used meth in their lifetime were more likely to have a mental health condition that those who had never used the drug.

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San Diego Vets Part Of Campaign That Asks Public To Go 'Beyond The Thank You'

Nov. 12
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego veterans discussed their struggles transitioning from military to civilian life as part of a national awareness effort launched just ahead of Veterans Day.

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Tracking Flu Data Could Help San Diego Hospitals Be Prepared For 'Flumageddon'

Nov. 1
By Tarryn Mento

Medical facilities and county officials are using data as part of an all-hazards management plan to prepare for a potential influx of flu patients.

Dr. Ted Mazer speaks with KPBS Health Reporter ...

California Doctors Drafting Policies To Help Tackle Homelessness

Oct. 31
By Tarryn Mento

California’s physicians are coming together to address the health needs and impacts of the state’s large unsheltered population.

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San Diego Patients Not Going Without Cancer Drug Amid National Shortage

Oct. 28
By Tarryn Mento

A drug commonly used to treat cancer in children became difficult to acquire after one manufacturer stopped making the drug and another experienced production delays, but local facilities did not report problems with supply.

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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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