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Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Connie Fletcher


Connie Fletcher, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Office #: School of Communication 210
Phone: 312.915.6819
E-mail: cfletch@luc.edu

Connie Fletcher is both scholar and a New York Times best-selling author. She teaches courses in Investigative Journalism, Interviewing, Reporting & Writing, Advanced Reporting and Literary Journalism. 

She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Northwestern University and taught at the Medill School of Journalism before she joined the Loyola University Chicago faculty in 1986.  A Loyola alumna, she earned her B.A. with a double major in English and Classics.

Dr. Fletcher has written five books. The most recent, Every Contact Leaves a Trace, was published in 2007.  In it, crime scene investigators discuss their work. Her first book, Who Runs Chicago?, a collaboration with two Chicago Tribune reporters, outlined the power structure in Chicago. She has also written three oral histories of police: "What Cops Know," "Pure Cop," and "Breaking and Entering: Women Cops."                            

Dr. Fletcher's books have been published in several languages including Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Fletcher's work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, Advertising Age, Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, and the New York Times Book Review.

Kyra Sedgwick, who plays a deputy police chief of a Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD on TNT’s “The Closer”, cited Dr. Fletcher’s New York Times best-selling What CopsKnow in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Connie Fletcher's book captures a group of Chicago cops talking about the personal nature of homicide detecting. It's fascinating."

In Spring 2012, Dr. Fletcher was among 300 college professors named in a new book entitled The Best 300 Professors (Random House/Princeton Review). The Princeton Review developed the project in partnership with RateMyProfessors.com and selected the professors in the book based on qualitative and quantitative data from survey findings and ratings collected by both organizations.


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Phone: 312.915.6548 · Fax: 312.915.6955
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