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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 San Diego County Administration building is...

Fletcher, Gaspar Urge County To Fulfill Records Requests In Timely Fashion During Pandemic

May 22
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego County has said it is indefinitely delaying responses to some request for public records related to the coronavirus pandemic.

A red rash, as shown on this child's back in th...

Rady Re-Evaluating Recent Kawasaki Cases For New Pediatric Illness Tied To Coronavirus

May 15
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego's Children's Hospital is reviewing patients it recently treated for Kawasaki disease to determine if they were actually suffering from a similar but rare new illness connected to the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Alejandro Villegas prepares to enter a COVI...

DHS Official Addresses Coronavirus Needs Related To Cross-Border Cases In San Diego Visit

May 13
By Tarryn Mento

South Bay hospitals have been inundated with COVID-19 patients largely linked to authorized crossings of American expats and essential workers.

A sign in front of MaryJane's restaurant in dow...

How Are People Still Contracting Coronavirus After Weeks Of Restrictions?

May 11
By Tarryn Mento

As part of our ongoing Curious San Diego series, KPBS Health Reporter Tarryn Mento tracked down the answer.

Jessica Malley, infusion room supervisor at Scr...

Scripps Health Creates Booth To Ensure Staff Safety During Mass Testing

May 9
By Tarryn Mento

The process to test for coronavirus can expose health care workers because patients may sneeze or cough from the procedure but protective masks, gloves and gowns are in limited supply.

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center appears in thi...

Scripps, Sharp Seek Federal Help For South County Health Facilities

April 29
By Tarryn Mento

Scripps Health and Sharp HealthCare sent a letter on Tuesday to health and homeland security agencies requesting support to curb and respond to the growth of cases seen along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The exterior of Family Health Centers of San Di...

Community Clinic Offers COVID Testing To Its Patients At Sites Around County

April 26
By Tarryn Mento

The nonprofit Family Health Centers of San Diego is offering tests at four pop-up sites regardless of symptoms but only for its existing patients who are at least 12 years old.

Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten speaks a...

County Task Force Will Plot Strategy For Expanded Coronavirus Testing

April 24
By Tarryn Mento

An official said the coalition will include representatives from hospitals, commercial laboratories and a local community clinic but has not named all of the facilities that have confirmed their participation.

A nurse holds swabs and a test tube to test peo...

County, Hospitals Expand Coronavirus Testing As Demand Falls Short Of Expectations

April 20
By Tarryn Mento

As testing abilities increased more quickly than needs, some hospitals are loosening their criteria to test more people while county officials are launching a task force to better utilize the excess capacity.

Ty Figuero, center, a nurse in the Urgent Care ...

Fewer Patients Visiting Urgent Cares, Emergency Departments During Pandemic

April 17
By Roland Lizarondo, Tarryn Mento

Data has shown San Diegans are taking fewer trips to locations like stores and parks, but urgent care centers are also seeing a decrease in visits.

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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.