Casey Mendoza

Casey Mendoza

Casey Mendoza

Entertainment Correspondent

Casey Mendoza sees pop culture through the lens of social issues, politics, history and technology. From the growing dominance of streaming, the democratized influence of online fandoms and the nuanced discussions about equity and inclusion in Hollywood, she's covered all things related to the ever-evolving entertainment industry. She feels most home at any comic-con around the country, or in her own living room, watching a romantic comedy with her husband and two cats.

Recent Work
Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift drops surprise double album for 'Tortured Poets'

Taylor Swift fans check out a pop-up opening to celebrate her upcoming album "The Tortured Poets Department."

The 'Swiftonomics' of Taylor Swift ahead of new album

A general view shows the aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Hawaii officials release probe results on deadly Maui wildfires

Visitors pass through Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Disney to roll out $2 billion plan to reinvent Anaheim theme park

Powerball tickets are shown in front of a screen displaying the estimated jackpot

Despite long-shot odds, more Americans are buying lottery tickets

A box of Maximum Strength Zantac tablets at a pharmacy

Sanofi to settle 4,000 lawsuits claiming Zantac is linked to cancer

A board above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows numbers for the Dow Jones Industrial Average

Economists still optimistic despite Dow's 240-point drop on Monday

A visitor takes a photo along the Tidal Basin amid cherry blossoms

Early blooms in DC as National Cherry Blossom Festival begins

St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah, Ga.

St. Patrick's Day has become a secular holiday of revelry

A pair of bald eagles named Jackie and Shadow watch over their eggs in a nest high atop a tree.

Must watch live cam: Bald eagles Jackie and Shadow await hatchlings

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's catalog is reportedly worth $1.2 billion

King Cake being made

Bakers in New Orleans preparing to roll in the dough for Mardi Gras

Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift walk together after the Kansas City Chiefs' won their final game before the Super Bowl.

'Swiftonomics': How the NFL, Kansas City have cashed in on Kelce-Swift

Sequin-covered ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz."

Man who stole famous 'Wizard of Oz' slippers sentenced

An actor dressed as Mickey Mouse greeting visitors at Walt Disney World.

Mickey Mouse enters the public domain, but with many legal caveats

A sign advertises for help

Millions of workers will see a pay increase in 2024

A shopper in New York City

New consumer goods report shows progress against inflation

A man with a Santa hat stands near an American desk.

Why do we travel so much for the holidays?

A scene from "Godzilla Minus One"

Critics praise 'Godzilla Minus One' as deeply emotional

A lit photo of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Newly completed Hawaiian Hindu temple opens after 33-year build

A man putting an engagement ring on a woman.

The evolution of engagements and rings as symbols of commitment

Outside of a movie theater

Thanksgiving box office underwhelming for Hollywood insiders

AMC theater

Why aren't there as many Thanksgiving movies as Christmas movies?

Spann Elementary School students board a school bus in Jackson, Mississippi.

Why are school buses yellow?

A tip jar on a counter

Where and how to tip? Americans are confused as the practice expands

Items included in the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction: London 2023.

From pop stars to film props, high-end rarities hit the auction block

In Real Life: After Twitter

In Real Life: After Twitter

Pepper X peppers.

Spicy food industry on fire as more eaters seek the heat

Kids in a classroom.

4-day school weeks growing in popularity

People travel through Salt Lake City International Airport.

Inflation prompting Americans to rethink their holiday travel plans