Reporters have a unique role in Michael Connelly's novels, often helping drive the plots forward (or even being featured in the novel as the hero or mastermind).
Despite being a former reporter himself, Connelly's reporters are often portrayed in an unflattering light.
- Joel Bremmer is portrayed as a cutthroat reporter in search of scoops in The Black Echo, before being revealed as the murderous mastermind behind the Dollmaker slayings in The Concrete Blonde
- Jack McEvoy is shown as willing to prioritize getting scoops, over the investigation into his twin brother's death in The Poet
- The former PR liaison in The Poet betrays Jack McEvoy to scoop him with an exclusive Poet story in the LA Times