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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 college of posters of animated titles
Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Netflix and Apple TV+Entertainment

Explaining The 'COVID-Proof' Animation Renaissance

Fictional Rose family in poster for sitcom "Schitt's Creek."
Pop TV / "Schitt's Creek"Entertainment

What Were Audiences Watching When They Weren't Watching The Election?

Baby Nancy, sidewalk chalk and Jenga
The Strong National Museum of PlayEntertainment

National Toy Hall Of Fame Honors Industry Trailblazer: Baby Nancy

Turkish citizens gather outside around flag

Deaths From Turkey Earthquake Rise To 116 As Rescue Efforts Continue

Wall of Grammy awards

The Grammys Changed The Name Of The 'World Music' Category

U.S. Supreme Court building

Supreme Court Could Halt Leniency For Children Convicted Of Murder

Donald Trump supporter watches Democratic candidate Joe Biden speak on television.

Votes Still Left To Count, GOP Likely Keeps Senate Hold

Home surrounded by floodwaters brought on by Hurricane Eta in Nicaragua.

Central America On High Alert As Hurricane Eta Devastates Nicaragua

Actor Daniel Dae Kim, Joel de la Fuente and Tamlyn Tomita.
New York Theater WorkshopEntertainment

Daniel Dae Kim Tackles 2020 Election Divisions In 'Belly Of The Beast'

Anya Taylor-Joy in Netflix's "The Queen's Gambit"

Behind The (Virtual) Scenes Of Netflix's 'The Queen's Gambit'

Jiji the black cat in "Kiki's Delivery Service"
Toei Company / Kiki's Delivery ServiceSci/Health

Debunking Black Cat Myths: Bad Luck, Witches And Halloween Adoptions

Indie venue posts "closed" sign
Instagram / thesatellitelaEntertainment

Independent Venue Week Throws A Spotlight On Pandemic Struggles

Collage of posters for movies about women in politics
PBS, Magnolia Pictures and Amazon Prime VideoEntertainment

On Screen And Off, Women Are Reshaping Political Documentaries

Sign at Times Square says "You Miss Broadway, We Miss Getting Paid!"
Live Events CoalitionEntertainment

What Happens To Theater Workers When The Show Can't Go On?

Woman wearing face mask watches a movie at a cinema.

Without New Releases, Two-Thirds Of Movie Theaters Could Close Soon

Actors Jim Carrey and Maya Rudolph portray politicians Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Rosalind O'Connor / NBCEntertainment

'Saturday Night Live' Is Returning Just In Time For The 2020 Elections

Characters from "Superstore" protest in support of undocumented employee.
NBC / "Superstore"Entertainment

Immigration Stories On TV Change The Way Viewers Understand The Issue

Netflix headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

Streaming Companies Continue Thriving Six Months Into The Pandemic

Four adults stand below movie title "I Used To Go Here."
Gravitas Ventures / "I Used To Go Here"Entertainment

Indie Filmmakers Find New Audiences Amid The Pandemic

Gallery of movie posters from African filmmakers.

Global Demand Grows For Black Filmmakers

Social justice-focused Instagram posts aligned in a grid.

To Learn About Race, Gen Z And Millennials Turn To Social Media

Image from Disney's live action "Mulan"
Disney / APEntertainment

Entertainment News: Chadwick Boseman Tributes, Disney Fights Piracy

Disney character Mulan holds sword up to face.

'Mulan' vs. Pirates Raises Stakes In Online Piracy

Chadwick Boseman in "Black Panther" film poster.
Walt Disney Studios / "Black Panther"Entertainment

Continuing The Legacy Of Chadwick Boseman's 'Black Panther'

Chadwick Boseman poses with "Wakanda Forever" stance on red carpet.
Jordan Strauss / Invision / APEntertainment

Fans Mourn The Loss Of 'Black Panther' Icon Chadwick Boseman

MTV's "Moon Man" statue stands next to sign promoting Video Music Awards.
Charles Sykes / Invision / APEntertainment

MTV's Video Music Awards Are Happening Live And (Sorta) In-Person

Artist Billie Eilish sings "My Future" during Democratic National Convention.
Democratic National Convention via APPolitics

Music At DNC And RNC Sets Tone For 2020 Elections

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey endorses then-Sen. Barack Obama for president in 2008.
AP Photo/Elise AmendolaEntertainment

Do Celebrity Endorsements Matter? It's Complicated

Dominique Fishback, Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gorden Levitt in poster for Netflix's "Project Power"
Netflix / "Project Power"Entertainment

Netflix's 'Project Power' Adds New Layers To The Superhero Genre

"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest works from home.
ABC / "American Idol"Entertainment

You Can Now Audition For 'American Idol' From The Comfort Of Home