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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
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

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

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