Casey Mendoza - Newsy

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 Harley Quinn statue is displayed.
Chris Pizzello / APEntertainment

Harley Quinn's Story Turns 30 Years Old


Why Do We Say 'God Bless You' When Someone Sneezes?

Beyonce appears at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Chris Pizzello / APEntertainment

Beyoncé Drops New Album 'Renaissance'

The movie Encanto
Walt Disney Animation StudiosEntertainment

The Push For More Black Animators

Norman Lear is shown.
Invision / APEntertainment

Norman Lear, Creator Of Multiple Groundbreaking TV Hits, Turns 100

Pride Mandalorians at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Christy Radecic/Invision/APEntertainment

Day 3 Of San Diego Comic-Con 2022

Patrick Wachsberger, from left, Fabrice Gianfermi, and Philippe Rousselet, winners of the award for best picture for "CODA."
Jordan Strauss / APEntertainment

Why Do Movies Have So Many Producers?

A person speaks on stage.
Erasing The DistanceU.S.

Chicago Organization Uses Live Storytelling To Discuss Mental Health

Company logo at Netflix headquarters
Marcio Jose Sanchez / APBusiness

Netflix Q2 Earnings Report Reveals Sharp Decline In Subscribers

A person uses an emoji while on a cell phone.

Emojis Have Become A Questionable Part Of Workplace Communication

knocking on wood

Why Do We Knock On Wood?

Actor Scott Turner Schofield appears in a scene of "Studio City."
Amazon Prime Video / "Studio City"Entertainment

Transgender Actor Explores Importance Of Trans Characters In Film, TV

A character from "Stranger Things" appears during a scene of the show.
Netflix / "Stranger Things"Entertainment

The 'Stranger Things' Connection To Netflix's Success

An image from the movie "Mr. Malcolm's List" shows two characters meeting.
Bleecker Street / "Mr. Malcolm's List"Entertainment

Regency-Era Romance Movies Are A Booming Brand

Minions Stuart, Bob and Kevin.
Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures via APEntertainment

New 'Minions' Movie Smashes Box Office Records For 4th Of July Weekend

An image from the movie "Elvis" is shown.
Warner Bros. Pictures / APEntertainment

Elvis Presley's Complicated History With Black Musicians

Paul McCartney performs on stage.

Musicians Are Continuing To Tour Into Their Old Age

The group BTS is shown on a red carpet.
Invision / APEntertainment

BTS Is Taking A Step Back To Focus On Solo Projects

A cat

Why Do Cats Hiss At Us?

Images of TikTok videos are shown.

Growing Bisexual Community Has Made Its Own Culture Online

Wax figures of director Steven Spielberg and E.T. are displayed.
Nick Ut / APEntertainment

40 Years Ago, 'E.T.' Was A Turning Point In Science Fiction

Actor Amber Heard stands with her lawyers Elaine Bredehoft and Benjamin Rottenborn after the verdict was read.
Evelyn Hockstein/APEntertainment

What's Next Now That The Dust Has Settled In Heard, Depp Trial?

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are pictured in a combination of two photos.
Steve Helber / APEntertainment

Johnny Depp Wins Libel Lawsuit Against Ex-Wife Amber Heard

The image shows a moment from the "Fire Island" movie.
Hulu / "Fire Island"Entertainment

'Fire Island' Addresses Racism In LGBTQ Community

A side-by-side photo shows Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

Fans Have Already Decided On The Depp v. Heard Trial

Characters sit in an episode of "This Is Us."
Ron Batzdorff / NBCEntertainment

'This Is Us' Is Over: Why Audience Grief Can Feel So Real

The image asks, "How does the military control its Hollywood image?"

Pop Quiz: How Does The Military Control Its Hollywood Image?

AAPI activists hold a sign

Report: More Americans See Asian Americans As 'Perpetual Foreigners'

Various movie posters are shown.

A New Wave Of Martial Arts Is Making Its Mark On Hollywood

A comic shows the character of Hulk.
Marvel EntertainmentEntertainment

Celebrating 60 Years Of The Incredible Hulk