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

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

Man walks across Times Square with sign that says "LIVE EVENT Emcee UNEMPLOYED."
Natural Expressions NY / Hechler PhotographersBusiness

Thousands Of Live-Event Workers In The U.S. Now Unemployed

An astronaut climbs out of ship overlooking a planet.
Halon EntertainmentEntertainment

Pandemic Is Driving A Need For 'Virtual Productions' In Hollywood

"Mulan" in full armor stands in front of horse.
Walt Disney Studios / "Mulan"Entertainment

Is 'Straight-To-Streaming' The New Normal In Hollywood?

Beyoncé sits on top of leopard-print car surrounded by people
Disney+ / "Black Is King"Entertainment

Disney+ Is Now Home To Beyoncé's Newest Album, 'Black Is King'

Tower Theatre venue sign says "We Miss You, OKC"
Instagram / towertheatreokcEntertainment

Hundreds Of Indie Music Venues Are In Danger Of Closing Completely

Playdate Theatre poster
Playdate TheatreEntertainment

The First-Ever Online Theater Company Is Turning Screens Into Stages

"The Masked Singer" contestant
FOX / "The Masked Singer"Entertainment

Redesigning Hollywood: How Will Variety Shows Look After The Pandemic?

Alex Trebek in front of "Jeopardy!" logo
Sony Pictures Television / "Jeopardy!"Entertainment

Alex Trebek Memoir Touches On Life, Career And Cancer Diagnosis

Collage of celebrity social media videos
ONE CampaignSci/Health

Celebrities Are 'Passing The Mic' To Public Health Experts

Armed police watch protesters in Seattle
AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonU.S.

Former Police Officers Explain The 'Blue Wall Of Silence'

Cars at drive-in movie theater
WFTSEntertainment

The Pandemic-Driven Revival Of Drive-In Movie Theaters

Painting depicting woman at Black Lives Matter protest
Instagram / arswithloveU.S.

For These Black Artists, Public Art Can Be A Form Of Protest

Open letter to "White American Theater"
We See You, White American TheaterU.S.

Actors And Playwrights Call Out Racism In 'White American Theater'

Camera equipment
VideoblocksEntertainment

Hollywood Wants To Get Back On Set, But Can Studios Afford It?

Cameraman films inside a car with police officer.
Paramount Network / "Cops"Entertainment

Cop Shows Are Facing Major Scrutiny Amid Calls For Racial Justice

Social media brand images decrying racial injustice
NewsyU.S.

Brands Are Calling Out Racial Injustice. But Are The Messages Sincere?

Black posts on Instagram in support of "Blackout Tuesday"
InstagramU.S.

'Blackout Tuesday' Is Reaching Millions, But Not In The Way Intended

A protest leader with megaphone
AP Photo/Julio CortezU.S.

Pop Culture Fandom Groups Are Supporting Protests Online

Grandmother, mother and child watch TV
NielsenEntertainment

Asian Americans Are More Represented In The Media Than Ever Before

Different celebrity chefs raising money online for small family farms.
NewsySci/Health

Celebrity Chefs Are Raising Money For Struggling Family Farms

Elmo hosts a late night show
HBO Max / "The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo"Entertainment

Run Out Of Stuff To Watch? HBO Max Is Launching This Week

Exterior of Washoe Theater in Montana
KXLFEntertainment

What Does The Post-Pandemic Future Of Movie Theaters Look Like?

Bookshop.org homepage with search bar and book covers.
BookshopEntertainment

Bookshop Platform Gives Independent Booksellers A Way To Sell Online

TV behind desk displays "Virtual Pop Expo" logo.
Virtual Pop ExpoEntertainment

Can Virtual Comic-Cons Replicate The Real Thing?

Family waves at tablet
VideoblocksEntertainment

These Companies Are Making (Virtual) Game Nights Possible

The storefront window of The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles.
The Last BookstoreEntertainment

Local Indie Bookstores Are Facing A 'Daily Fight' Against The Pandemic

Film titles on Netflix.
Newsy / Megan SmithEntertainment

What Are People Actually Watching During The Pandemic?

Collage of Marvel movie promotions
The Brothers TrustEntertainment

This Web-Slinging Superhero Hosted A Live Trivia Game From Home

Mother and daughter sitting on couch
VideoblocksU.S.

Kid-Centered News Shows Aim To Help Children Understand COVID-19