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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
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

Chris Rock in poster for "Spiral: From The Book of Saw"
Lionsgate Films / "Spiral"Entertainment

'Spiral' Director Says New Film Skips Gimmicky Gore Of 'Saw' Franchise

Filming of "United States of Al"
CBS / "United States of Al'Entertainment

Reza Aslan Talks Representation And Criticism Of 'United States Of Al'

Handmaids from Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale"
Hulu / "The Handmaid's Tale"Entertainment

Season 4 Of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is More Rebellious Than Ever

Stylized illustration of Oscar award.
Krislam Chin / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesEntertainment

Streaming Brings Less 'Huh?' and More 'Seen It' To Oscars This Year

Movie posters for "One Night In Miami," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "The Father"
Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Sony Pictures ClassicEntertainment

Oscar Looks To The Stage To Mine Hollywood Screen Gems

Collage of posters for Black-led films

The Oscars' Fixation On Black Trauma Is An Issue Of Diversity

Homeless teen and deaf-blind man wait for bus in "Feeling Through"
"Feeling Through"Entertainment

'Feeling Through' Short Film Makes History For Deaf-Blind Community

Rapper DMX performs during 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards.

Rapper DMX Dies At 50 Years Old

Collage of promotional posters for live-streamed concerts.

The Future Of Live Music Is Still Very Digital

Andre the Giant, portrayed by actor Matthew Willig, shows action figure to wrestler friends.
Mark Taylor / NBCEntertainment

NBC Sitcom 'Young Rock' Pays Tribute To Andre The Giant