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
Characters sit in an episode of "This Is Us."
Ron Batzdorff / NBCEntertainment

'This Is Us' Is Over: Why Audience Grief Can Feel So Real

The image asks, "How does the military control its Hollywood image?"

Pop Quiz: How Does The Military Control Its Hollywood Image?

AAPI activists hold a sign

Report: More Americans See Asian Americans As 'Perpetual Foreigners'

Various movie posters are shown.

A New Wave Of Martial Arts Is Making Its Mark On Hollywood

A comic shows the character of Hulk.
Marvel EntertainmentEntertainment

Celebrating 60 Years Of The Incredible Hulk

Comedian Dave Chappelle
David Richard / APEntertainment

Police Arrest Man Who Attacked Dave Chappelle During Hollywood Show

The image asks who gets paid from streamed songs.

Pop Quiz: Who Makes Money When You Stream A Song Online?

A scene from a "Star Trek" show.

How 'Star Trek' Has Remained Socially Progressive Over Its 50 Years

A remote shows streaming options.

What's Next For Netflix, Streaming After Subscription Drop?

People sit as part of the "Bridgerton" Experience in Chicago.

Pop-Ups Are The New Pop Culture Phenomenon

Alejandro Sanz takes a selfie with fans.
Chris Pizzello / APEntertainment

Are Selfies And Cameos The New Autographs?


Pop Quiz: What Surprising Things Are We Learning From True Crime?

A hologram of Whitney Houston performs on stage.
Base Hologram / "An Evening With Whitney"Entertainment

Are Posthumous Performances, Albums Innovative Or Just Plain Strange?

Newsy reporters Cat Sandoval, left, and Casey Mendoza

People Of Color Are More Frequently Misidentified

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on the Oscars stage.
Invision / APEntertainment

The Entertainment Industry's Inconsistencies With Celebrity Behavior

Billie Eilish and Finneas accept their Oscar award.
Invision / APEntertainment

Pop Quiz: Can Awards Shows Remain Relevant And Hold Onto Audiences?

Chris Stapleton
Chris Pizzello/Invision/APEntertainment

All Of The Grammy Winners In Top Categories

Actor Bruce Willis
Evan Agostini / APEntertainment

Bruce Willis, Diagnosed With Aphasia, Steps Away From Acting

Presenter Chris Rock reacts after Will Smith slapped him onstage at the Oscars.
Invision / APEntertainment

Oscar Awards Sees Increase In Viewers After Will Smith Slap

Sean Combs, from left, Will Smith and Tyler Perry appear in the audience at the Oscars
Chris Pizzello / APEntertainment

Academy Condemns Will Smith's Actions, Launches Review

A still of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is shown.
Walt Disney Studios / "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"Entertainment

What's Changed In The 20 Years Of Animation At The Oscars

People walk past a "Beauty and the Beast" movie ad.
Ivan Sekretarev / APU.S.

Pop Quiz: Who Is Disney's Real 'First Gay Character?' It's Complicated

Lily James plays Pamela Anderson in "Pam & Tommy."
Hulu / "Pam & Tommy"Entertainment

What Does It Mean To Buy The Rights To A Life Story?

A TV shows an image of Kidz Bop.
Razor & Tie / Kidz BopEntertainment

Pop Quiz: Who Is Kidz Bop Actually Made For?

People stand on "American Idol" stage.
Matt Sayles / Invision / APEntertainment

How 'American Idol' Influenced TV Industry In 20 Seasons

A still from a "Reno 911!" scene is shown.
Comedy CentralEntertainment

"Reno 911!" Finds New Relevance Amid Headlines

Comic books are on display.
Steve Luciano / APEntertainment

Graphic Novels, Comic Books Are Growing In Popularity

People watch a movie.
Franklin Reyes / APEntertainment

Why Are Video Game Adaptations So Bad?

A couple holds hands while showing their rings.
Martin Mejia / APU.S.

Couples Are Creating New Last Names Instead Of Adopting One

LEGO's new Spice Girls are on display.

LEGO Is Paying Tribute To The Spice Girls With New Set