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
Cigarette butts in an ashtray

Smoking on TV shows and social media causes problems for young adults

A couple holding hands

Why are we so 'attached' to the concept of attachment styles?

Trump merch on t-shirts

Historic mug shot is ammo for Trump allies and enemies

The cast of women of Abbott Elementary

A record-breaking number of women are leading TV's most popular shows

Medical staff control fluids in an operating room

Millions are losing Medicaid insurance as COVID-era rule ends

An image from Netflix's "Maestro" is shown.

What is Jewface, and why is Bradley Cooper being accused of it?

Marvel Studios exhibit at the D23 Expo.

Could AI technology disrupt the visual effects industry?

A Black Josei Press comic book illustration.

Comic book company highlights Black, marginalized comics

A hissing cat

Why do cats hiss at us?

Guests walk outside the Comic-Con convention center.

Actors advocate for protections against AI at San Diego Comic-Con

Malibu Barbie Cafe

A look back at Barbie's history

San Diego Comic-Con sign

How will writers and actors strikes affect San Diego's Comic Con?

UC Davis medical staff

How med school admissions could work post-affirmative action

Hurricane storm Arlene

Climate researchers predicting above-average hurricane season

Louis Tomlinson

Do we need better procedures for severe weather at concerts?

Pride flag.

The history behind the ubiquitous Pride flag

Residents in Jackson, Mississippi take delivery of bottled water

Feds pump $115 million into Jackson, Mississippi, water system

A picture of ruby red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" are shown.

Ongoing trial may uncover mystery of stolen 'Wizard of Oz' slippers

Striking members and supporters of the Writers Guild of America walk the picket line.

The entertainment industry is pushing to protect itself from AI

magnifying glass to check mammograms

New recommended age for breast cancer screenings

Actress Elizabeth Olsen at the premiere of "Love and Death"

Today's crime dramas are mixing high stakes with relatability

A person shops online.

Consumers are buying things 'for the culture' now, says expert

A Disney+ streaming log-in screen is shown.

We have more TV and films than ever before, but can fans keep up?

In Real Life: Next Gen Stunts

In Real Life: Next Gen Stunts

A scene from "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder" is shown.

From 'The Proud Family' to 'The Good Doctor:' how TV discusses autism

Keanu Reeves is pictured as John Wick in a scene from "John Wick: Chapter 4."

How the sound of 'John Wick' was crafted without real guns

Taylor Swift performs during her "Eras" tour.

Inside the stadium: Taylor Swift kicks off 'Eras' tour

Michelle Yeoh accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role

Emotional, historic wins mark 95th Academy Awards

A view of the red carpet before the start of the world premiere of "Scream VI."

How the 'Scream' franchise has continued to influence horror films

Felix Kammerer is shown in a scene from "All Quiet on the Western Front."

What makes a movie's production design worthy of an Academy Award?