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Casey Mendoza

Culture Reporter

Casey is an enthusiastic admirer of all things journalism-related. Before joining Newsy, she worked as a photojournalist, videographer and sometimes writer for small local newspapers and radio stations. She is recovering from a liberal arts education, but her friends say she "at least comes across as normal now." When she's not working, you can find her tweeting about journalism, politics, television and food.

  Recent Work
The main characters of "Roma"
Netflix / "Roma"Entertainment

This Is Why You're Hearing So Much About Alfonso Cuarón's Film 'Roma'

Film poster for "Bohemian Rhapsody"
20th Century Fox / "Bohemian Rhapsody"Entertainment

Biopics Are Pretty Formulaic, And 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is No Exception

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper singing
Warner Bros. Pictures / "A Star is Born"Entertainment

'A Star Is Born': A Film Remade For Every Generation Since 1937

Sketch of historian Carter G. Woodson
Charles AlstonU.S.

The Lasting Impacts And Goals Of Teaching Black History

Students looking at book
VideoblocksU.S.

Understanding The Pitfalls Of How We Teach Black History Today

Illustration of father sold away from his family.
U.S. National ArchivesU.S.

How Racist History Books Spurred The Black History Education Of Today

President Trump acknowledges guests at State of the Union
Getty ImagesPolitics

'Skutniks' And The Art Of Name-Dropping During The State Of The Union

University of Missouri football team with trophy.
Getty ImagesSports

In Cases Of Academic Fraud, The NCAA May Have A Consistency Problem

Three Canada Goose coats.
Canada GooseU.S.

How Much Money Should You Actually Be Investing In A Winter Coat?

Poster for 'I Am The Night'
TNT / "I Am The Night"Entertainment

Who Killed The Black Dahlia? 'I Am The Night' Adds To The 1947 Mystery

Pro-choice activists in Washington D.C.
Getty ImagesPolitics

46 Years After Roe V. Wade, 'TRAP Laws' Make Abortion Hard To Access

Map of Central Missouri
NewsyPolitics

This Missouri 'Abortion Desert' Is A Testing Site For Pro-Life Rulings

The main characters of "Roma"
Netflix / "Roma"Entertainment

This Is Why You're Hearing So Much About Alfonso Cuarón's Film 'Roma'

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in front of map.
Getty ImagesTech

Netflix's Global Platform Means It's Liable To Geopolitical Challenges

Four women on cracked phone screen.
Hulu / "Into the Dark: New Year, New You"Entertainment

Women In Horror Films Are More Than Just 'Scream Queens' Now

Film poster for "If Beale Street Could Talk"
Annapurna Pictures / "If Beale Street Could Talk"Entertainment

'Beale Street' Pairs An Iconic Civil Rights Voice With A Modern Eye

John McClane wearing a Santa hat.
20th Century Fox / "Die Hard"Entertainment

Is 'Die Hard' A Christmas Movie? We Fought About It For Hours

Illustration of Dickens' Ghost of Christmas Present
John LeechEntertainment

175 Years Ago, Charles Dickens Helped Shape Christmas As We Know It

Group of Oscar statues.
Getty ImagesEntertainment

Oscar Bait Vs. Blockbusters: A Showdown For The 2019 Oscars

Guillermo Del Toro holds Oscars
Getty ImagesEntertainment

'And The Award Goes To ...': A Rundown Of Award Show Season

Kesha at the Time gala
Getty ImagesEntertainment

Dr. Luke's Lawsuit Against Kesha Could Broaden The Scope Of Defamation

Movie poster for "Mary Queen of Scots"
Focus Features / "Mary Queen of Scots"Entertainment

Long Live The Big-Screen Queens: The Draw Of This 16th Century Rivalry

Giving Tuesday celebration.
Getty ImagesU.S.

Spending Vs. Giving: What Motivated The Creation Of 'Giving Tuesday'

"Star Trek" kiss scene
NBC / "Star Trek"Entertainment

This 'Star Trek' Kiss Was Iconic — But Not For The Reason You've Heard

Man shoots at bulletproof table.
First Line FurnitureU.S.

Bulletproof: Why Tables And Backpacks Are Now Doubling As Shields

Roll of Georgia voter stickers.
Getty ImagesPolitics

Georgia Is Headed For A Runoff — But Will Voters Go Back To The Polls?

Stan Lee beside a Spider-Man poster
Getty ImagesEntertainment

Stan Lee: The Godfather Of Modern Comic Book Superheroes

Red poppies placed on Australian War Memorial.
Getty ImagesU.S.

Poppies For Veterans: The International 'Flower Of Remembrance'

Voters line up at polling station.
Getty ImagesPolitics

Waiting To Vote: Solving The Problem Of Long Election Day Lines

Pres. Trump at rally.
Getty ImagesPolitics

The Soundtrack Of A Trump Rally: Rock, Pop And... Broadway?