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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
Flags near Capitol Hill before inauguration

Virtual Inauguration Parties: Concerts, Yoga And Lectures

Movie poster for documentary "MLK/FBI"
IFC Films / "MLK/FBI"Entertainment

'MLK/FBI' Spotlights Government Bias Against Martin Luther King Jr.

Rioters gather at Capitol Hill

Defining The Chaos On Capitol Hill: Protest, Riot Or Insurrection?

Health care workers check in people for live-action production
VIP StarNetworkEntertainment

Behind The Scenes Of Keeping Film And TV Productions COVID-Free

Digital avatar celebrates New Year's Eve
Jamestown L.P.Tech

You Can Explore Times Square (Virtually) On New Year's Eve

Nurse prepares COVID-19 vaccine
Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via APSci/Health

Doctors Tell Wealthy Clients To Wait Their Turn For The Vaccine

Illustration of laptop under spotlight
Playdate TheatreEntertainment

How Artists Put On Shows (Virtually) In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Posters of Disney titles
The Walt Disney CompanyEntertainment

To Appeal To Audiences And Investors, Disney Is Going Fully Digital

Actress Christian Serratos as Selena Quintanilla
Netflix / "Selena: The Series"Entertainment

Netflix's 'Selena: The Series' Garners Major Criticism From Fans

Hallmark Christmas movie posters.
Hallmark / "Christmas With The Darlings"Entertainment

Hallmark Is The King Of Christmas Movies — We Found Their Biggest Fans

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