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Casey Mendoza

Culture Reporter

Casey Mendoza is Newsy's in-house pop culture nerd and entertainment critic. Before joining the company in 2017, she studied political science and journalism at Knox College and freelanced as a reporter, photographer and videographer in western Illinois and Washington, D.C. Even when she isn't working, Casey is constantly devouring pieces of entertainment and thinking about them in the context of social issues, politics, history and culture. Outside of Newsy, you can find her geekiest musings on Twitter.

  Recent Work
A CBS All Access banner at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Newsy / Andrew ShaferEntertainment

The 'Streaming Wars' Are Heating Up At San Diego Comic-Con

Poster for "Neon Genesis Evangelion"
Netflix / "Neon Genesis Evangelion"Tech

Streaming Companies Are Investing In Anime More Than Ever Before

Andrew Shafer / NewsyEntertainment

What Happens If The Entertainment Industry Leaves Georgia?

Janet Guthrie wearing driving helmet
Estate of Bettye LaneSports

Are Women Strong Enough To Race Cars? Science And History Say Yes

HBO / "Game of Thrones"Entertainment

Can You Get Sued For Posting Spoilers Online?

Jon Stewart hosting "The Daily Show"
Getty ImagesEntertainment

Study: Your Favorite Show Might Say A Lot About Your Politics

Scene in Hulu Original "Ramy"
Hulu / "Ramy"Entertainment

Hulu's Original Comedy 'Ramy' Earnestly Depicts Muslim Worship

Teens sitting on car during 1969 Woodstock music festival
Ric Manning / CC by 3.0U.S.

Woodstock's 50th Anniversary Celebrates More Than A Rock Festival

Crowd at music festival
Getty ImagesEntertainment

The Changing Tunes Of Music Festivals From Woodstock To Coachella

Historic image of the White House after fire
The White House Historical AssociationU.S.

From The White House To Notre Dame: Why We Rebuild Historical Icons

1800s photograph of Notre Dame Cathedral
Édouard BaldusWorld

Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral Has A History Of Disrepair And Rebirth

Protesters outside Brunei-owned Beverly Hills Hotel
ReutersWorld

The Brunei Hotel Boycott Highlights The Struggles Of LGBTQ Travelers

Arab mother and child targeted by sniper.
Warner Bros. / "American Sniper"Entertainment

The Military Entertainment Complex Misrepresents Arabs And Muslims

Illustration of computer screen
NewsyTech

Why White Nationalist, Supremacist Content Is So Easy To Find Online

"Dumbo" remake film poster.
Walt Disney Studios / "Dumbo"Entertainment

No (Real) Animals Were Harmed In The Making Of These Films

Police investigate New Zealand property.
Getty ImagesWorld

The Violence Of The New Zealand Mosque Shooting Is Amplified Online

Person watches Netflix in bed
NetflixTech

Netflix Or Chill? Your Answer Will Determine How Well You Sleep.

Aretha Franklin
Neon / "Amazing Grace"Entertainment

Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' Is Finally Headed To Theaters

John David Washington and Ron Stallworth.
Getty ImagesU.S.

The Real-Life 'Black Klansman' On Why His Story Still Resonates Today

"Captain Marvel" film poster.
Walt Disney StudiosEntertainment

Trolls Want You To Think 'Captain Marvel' Is Marvel's Worst Film

Audience at Sundance Film Festival
Getty ImagesEntertainment

True/False: What It Takes To Program A Diverse, Inclusive Film Fest

Alfonso Cuarón and Liboria "Libo" Rodríguez.
Netflix / "Roma"Entertainment

Alfonso Cuarón Just Won His Second Oscar For Best Directing

Spider-Man swings through NYC traffic.
Sony Pictures / "Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse"Entertainment

'Into The Spider-Verse' Swings And Nabs Best Animated Feature Oscar

Poster for Pixar's "Bao."
Disney / "Bao"Entertainment

Pixar's 'Bao' Just Won The Oscar For Best Animated Short

The main characters of "Roma"
Netflix / "Roma"Entertainment

This Is Why You're Hearing So Much About Alfonso Cuarón's Film 'Roma'

Film poster for "Green Book"
Universal Pictures / "Green Book"Entertainment

Despite Criticism, 'Green Book' Wins The Oscar For Best Picture

Film poster for "Bohemian Rhapsody"
20th Century Fox / "Bohemian Rhapsody"Entertainment

Biopics Are Pretty Formulaic, And 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is No Exception

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper singing
Warner Bros. Pictures / "A Star is Born"Entertainment

'A Star Is Born': A Film Remade For Every Generation Since 1937

Sketch of historian Carter G. Woodson
Charles AlstonU.S.

The Lasting Impacts And Goals Of Teaching Black History

Students looking at book
VideoblocksU.S.

Understanding The Pitfalls Of How We Teach Black History Today