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Perhaps it's their ability to uncover the truth about evil goings-on. Perhaps it's their brilliant research skills. More likely, it's a desire to do an exposé on them, finding out just what is under that lovely blouse.
Journalists who are attractive, basically.
A popular character in action movies and cop shows, as it's a good way to introduce a love interest who has a plausible reason for following the hero into danger. Sometimes overlaps with Action Girl, though it predates the latter trope's popularity by a good many decades, as it was more acceptable for a woman to be a nosy Boswell than a butt-kicking Battle Babe.
Can overlap with School Newspaper Newshound if it's set in a school. See also Intrepid Reporter and Going for the Big Scoop... which is not about dating the reporter, but their tendency to seek out danger.
While generally good(ish), a minority of these characters turn out to be true villains. Generally this sort overlaps with The Vamp.
Anime and Manga
- Kazumi Asakura from Mahou Sensei Negima.
- Mari Iimura from Hajime no Ippo
- Kinue Crossroad from Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Who pays with her life.
- Beltochika Irma, during the Dakar arc in Zeta Gundam.
- Miriallia Haww in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.
- Kiyomi Takada in Death Note. More so in The Movie.
- In Code Geass R2, Milly Ashford becomes a hot TV host and news anchor after graduation.
- Natsuko Shouno from Kinnikuman.
- Wolfgangina Lala Getto from Zombie Powder.
- Partially, Miyako Sakuragawa from Private Prince. She's pretty and busty, but her very relaxed fashion sense doesn't remark on this.
- Sybil from Black Magic M-66 qualifies.
- Akari Tsukumo, older sister to protagonist Yuma Tsukumo in Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL, is a journalist. With just one good look at her in the manga, and this trope definitely applies.
- Aya Stanford in Future GPX Cyber Formula SIN.
- Rowena in the thirteenth Pokémon movie.
- Lois Lane from Superman, who may be one of the earliest examples of the trope.
- Betty Brant from Spider-Man. Also Norah Winters, who is very, very aware that she falls into this category.
- Vicky Vale, especially in the 1989 Batman movie, where she is the main female lead and is played by none other than Kim Basinger. The Joker becomes obsessed with her.
- Iris West and Linda Park from The Flash.
- Sundra Peale from Nexus. It turned out that she was actually a spy, and working as a reporter was just her cover identity. Nipsy Conniption is a more amoral example of this type.
- Seccotine from Spirou and Fantasio.
- Filthy assistants on Transmetropolitan are reporters in training. Nothing about Yelena, but Shannon certainly qualifies because she is, well, a former stripper.
- Katie Holmes' character in Thank You for Smoking used her attractiveness to get an exclusive interview with Nick Naylor.
- The Vanity Fair reporter in Iron Man. This is the only reason Tony Stark talks to her in the first place.
Reporter: Do you ever lose an hour's sleep?
- Peggy Brandt (Amy Yasbeck) in The Mask.
- Summer, one of the potential love interests for the main character in Definitely Maybe.
- Suzanne Stone from To Die For is a good example of the more amoral kind of Hot Scoop.
- Polly Perkins from Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow (2004).
- In the action movie Metro (1997) Eddie Murphy's cop character is dating a black British photojournalist, Veronica "Ronnie" Tate.
- Asakawa Reiko in the Japanese horror film Ringu and Rachel Keller in the American remake, The Ring.
- Martha Hackett (played by Marisa Tomei) in The Paper. When she phones her editor/husband with an actual hot scoop, he asks her "What are you wearing?"
- In an instance of Adaptational Attractiveness, Daily Prophet gossip reporter Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter films looks better than described in the books, due to being played by Miranda Richardson.
- Roxanne Ritchi of Megamind, a deconstructive parody of Lois Lane.
- Hildy Johnson, the female lead of His Girl Friday.
- Kimberly Wells in The China Syndrome. Deconstructed in a way, as her sexist boss relegates her to fluff pieces due to her attractiveness, never giving her the much-desired chance to cover serious news.
- Lexie in Leatherheads, who almost immediately becomes the object of a love triangle with Dodge and Carter.
- Gale Weathers in Scream.
- The 1989 film Brenda Starr starring Brooke Shields as the intrepid reporter of comic strip fame.
- Besides Lois Lane in Superman Returns, the Australian reporter played by Peta Wilson.
- Idiocracy takes this to the logical extreme, with the anchors on Fox News Channel being a hot chick in a bikini and a male hunk with no shirt on.
- The Dresden Files: Susan Rodriguez.
- Discworld — Sacharissa Cripslock grows out of her prim-and-properness into one of these... although she's actually only moderately attractive, but is stunningly beautiful when considered over several centuries.
- Mary Frances Mulrooney from The Takers, a modern Two Fisted Tale by Jerry Ahern.
- Kate Manzoni from The Light of Other Days.
- According to the interviews, Ginny Weasley ultimately grows into this in Harry Potter. More exactly, she becomes a professional quidditch player, and then a quidditch reporter after retirement.
Live Action TV
- Alias — Will Tippin. This was Bradley Cooper's breakout role, leading to film stardom and the title People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2011.
- Arrow — Susan Williams, whom protagonist Oliver Queen promptly starts dating
- The Cape — cyber-sleuth/blogger Orwell.
- Days of Our Lives — Jennifer Horton.
- And, for a male version, her husband Jack Deveraux.
- Doctor Who/The Sarah Jane Adventures — Sarah Jane Smith.
- Life On Mars/Ashes to Ashes — Jackie. Bonus points for being Scottish and all the UST with the show's chief Cowboy Cop, Gene Hunt. Between the series, they even had a one-night stand...or so Jackie pretends when she's pregnant, for the lulz.
- Lois and Clark — Ms. Lois Lane, naturally
- Parks and Recreation — Shauna Malwae-Tweep.
- Smallville — Chloë Sullivan, and later Lois Lane.
- Supergirl — Kara Danvers, Cat Grant and, for the male versions, James Olsen and, of course, Clark Kent.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — April O'Neill
- The Thick of It — Angela Heaney and Marianne Swift.
- The Wedge — Sandra Sultry (a parody of Real Life Australian news presenter Sandra Sully).
- The West Wing — Danny Concannan is a male version of this trope, down to dating CJ.
- The Brenda Starr, Reporter strip from the 1940s put this trope on center stage.
- Carol from El Goonish Shive. In her first story arc, she even complains about the short skirts required by her station's dress code.
- Parodied in Femmegasm with Fizzy McBeer, whose interviewees are frequently distracted by her Gag Boobs.
- The three female leads of LCD all qualify.
- Nellie Brie in An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster.
- April O'Neil from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, as well as the live-action films. In the original comics and the second animated series she was a Hot Scientist instead.
- Believe it or not, Daisy Duck becomes one of these in the Quack Pack TV series.
- Grace Ryan from Frisky Dingo.
- Ann Gora from Swat Kats.
- Get past the over-the-top 1980s fashions, and this trope definitely applies to Lyn-Z of Jem.
- On Word Girl, the title character has a crush on Todd "Scoops" Ming. Of course, fifth-grade boys aren't exactly the norm for this trope.
- An early Family Guy episode gave Meg a crush on the local anchor Tom Tucker.
- Jade from Beyond Good and Evil. C'mon, she used to be the page picture!
- Aya Shameimaru from Touhou Project, the cute one-girl newspaper reporting/writing/publishing Tengu of Gensokyo, as well as her newcomer rival Hatate.
- Elena Fisher from Uncharted Drakes Fortune.
- Nico Collard from the Broken Sword series.
- Ran Hibiki from the Rival Schools games.
- Jane Valderama from Saints Row 2.
- Rochelle from Left 4 Dead 2.
- Kate Lockwell in Starcraft II, later promoted to lead anchor. Apparently the Crown Prince has a crush on her.
- Rebecca Chang from Dead Rising 2. Most of her introductory cutscenes consist of her waving her butt and tits in the hero's face while going on about Going for the Big Scoop. This may or may not have multiple meanings.
- Scarlet Lake in Alpha Protocol.
- Ulala and Pudding in Space Channel 5.
- Maya Amano from Persona 2.
- Shoji from Devil Survivor.
- Ms. Ellet from Valkyria Chronicles, combined with Intrepid Reporter. Of course, there really aren't that many ugly characters in this game.
- Deus Ex Human Revolution has Eliza Cassan, though she is actually an AI construct.
- Madison Paige from Heavy Rain Her scenes mostly consist of fan-disservice, like when she's nearly raped at gunpoint.
- Nellie Bly, real name Elizabeth Jane Cochran. While in her twenties she was a reporter for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World who did stories exposing the horrible conditions in an asylum by pretending to be an insane patient. For her newspaper she emulated Jules Verne's Around The World in 80 Days, doing it in just 72.
- Indeed, in many media, due to unattractiveness being a big no-no for casting women, it is extremely unlikely to find a female TV host who isn't, if not attractive, at least pretty. Goes double for weather anchors, whose outfits, for some reason, also show significantly more skin than their male counterparts.
- BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders is quite the Christmas Cake. Of course, it helps that she's a member of a famous family of entertainers noted for their good looks (she accounts Olivia "Thirteen" Wilde as a half-cousin).
- She's also the daughter of Michael Flanders; the looks are from her mother's side.
- Danni Boatwright. Being a former beauty queen helps. She also won Survivor: Guatemala.
- Here's a whole slew of them.
- Photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. So hot Candace Bergen and Farrah Fawcett portrayed her in films.
- Paz Vega majored in journalism before pursuing a career in acting.
- Anderson Cooper. The gray hair only adds to his charm.
- And then of course there's Fan Service first, news second Naked News, "the program with nothing to hide". Its attractive female anchors perform stripteases as they present the news, and often tape segments at nude beaches and resorts, and even on the streets interviewing pedestrians, since it is legal to be topless in Canada.