Tarryn Mento

"My News21 experience was a real investigation: We asked tough questions and dug through documents to get at the truth. I learned how to be resilient and persistent when handling scenarios I previously only dealt with through a textbook in a classroom."

Tarryn Mento earned her master's degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Albany-SUNY. Her work has been published by The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News, USA Today, El Nuevo Herald and multiple publications across Arizona. As a News21 fellow, Mento investigated a U.S. salmonella outbreak linked to Guatemalan cantaloupe. She and her reporting partner, Brandon Quester, traveled to the Central American country and reviewed thousands of documents to trace the gaps in oversight from the foreign farm to U.S. store shelves.