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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
Actors and scenes from "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical"
TikTok / @ratatousicalmusicalEntertainment

What Artists Have Learned From Virtual Theater During The Pandemic


Artists Rebuild A More Inclusive Broadway

Actors on Broadway

Broadway Reopens Doors After Yearlong Shutdown

A person on a cell phone

Mental Health Trends And Harmful Half-Truths

Michelle Yeoh and Simu Liu, right, in a scene from "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."
Marvel Studios / APEntertainment

"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" Confronts Its Racist Past

Chicken wings
Casey MendozaU.S.

Why You May Be Paying More For Chicken

"Respect" movie poster
MGM StudiosEntertainment

"Respect" Re-creates 1960s Music Scene

Characters from Disney+ series "Loki"
Marvel StudiosEntertainment

Disney Is Banking On The Marvel Cinematic Universe(s)

Prince holds a 2010 news conference at The Apollo Theater announcing his "Welcome 2 America" tour in New York.

Amid Legal Battles, Prince's Estate Releases Album 'Welcome 2 America'

TikTok stars
Newsy / Danny MattesonEntertainment

Lollapalooza Spotlights Some Of TikTok's Biggest Musicians

Britney Spears' father exits LA courthouse.

Britney Spears And The Legal Battle Against Her Conservator Father

Characters in "Kung Fu" dressed for a Chinese wedding event.
The CW / "Kung Fu"Entertainment

The CW's 'Kung Fu' Adds Dimension To The Martial Arts Genre

Single Mom Serena Sumrell of Chicago plays with her son, Khriston.
Cat SandovalU.S.

Child Tax Credit Rolls Out: Chicago Mom Says Money Will Help Pay Bills

A woman holds a "Free Britney" sign at a protest against Britney Spears' conservatorship in Washington D.C.

Britney Spears One Step Closer To Terminating Conservatorship

Illustration of "skull" emoji in messaging platform.
Newsy / Andrew LawlerTech

World Emoji Day And The Evolution Of The Online Language

Scarlett Johanssen and Florence Pugh in "Black Widow"
Walt Disney Studios / "Black Widow"Entertainment

'Black Widow' Marks Marvel's Return To The Big Screen

Signs for the Scripps National Spelling Bee outside ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Newsy / Megan SmithU.S.

Scripps National Spelling Bee Returns To TV With 11 Finalists

Britney Spears' father Jamie Spears exits Los Angeles courthouse.

Jamie Spears Begins Legal Battle Over Daughter Britney Spears

At the pulpit of Dignity Chicago, a practicing Catholic LGBTQ organization

Many Catholics Support LGBTQ Despite Vatican Rhetoric

Collage of main characters from HBO Max teen drama "Generation."
HBO Max / "Generation"Entertainment

HBO Max's 'Generation' Reshapes TV's Stories Of Queer Teens

#FreeBritney protesters outside of a Los Angeles court house wave a poster of Britney Spears with her mouth covered.

#FreeBritney Is Throwing A Spotlight On Conservatorship Reform

#FreeBritney supporter protests in Los Angeles with sign that says "Free Britney."

How #FreeBritney Went From A Small Group Of Fans To A Global Movement

Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow pride flag, carries flag

How The Rainbow Flag Became The Symbol Of Pride

Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist Destiny Johnson sits down for interview.

Meet Destiny Johnson: Scripps National Spelling Bee Finalist

"In The Heights" actresses Stephanie Beatriz, Leslie Grace, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Dascha Polanco sing in beauty salon.
Warner Bros. / "In The Heights"Entertainment

'In The Heights' A Celebration Of Latino Communities

Zulu Soulful Warrior parade float celebrates Memorial Day in New Orleans.
American Veterans CenterU.S.

Memorial Day Weekend Marks Return To In-Person Events

Actor Daniel Craig poses for photos at the German premiere of the James Bond movie "Spectre"
AP Photo / Michael Sohn, FileEntertainment

Amazon Nears Purchase Of MGM Studios For Approximately $9 Billion

Cover of Olivia Rodrigo's "Sour"
Universal Music Group / Olivia RodrigoEntertainment

How Olivia Rodrigo Went From Disney Darling To TikTok Sensation

Family hides out in bunker in film "A Quiet Place Part II"
Paramount Pictures / "A Quiet Place Part II"Entertainment

Memorial Day To Usher In Return Of The Summer Blockbuster

Album cover for "Face Value" by rappers Jason Chu and Alan Z.
GGE Media / Jason Chu and Alan ZEntertainment

Hip-Hop History: Dropping The Beat On AAPI Artists