|First appearance||"More with Less" (episode 5.01)|
|Last appearance||"-30-" (episode 5.10)|
|Reason/Cause||End of season|
|Occupation||Reporter at Baltimore Sun|
|Episode Count||9 episodes|
|Portrayed by||Brandon Young|
Mike "Fletch" Fletcher is a general assignments reporter for the metro desk of the paper portrayed by Brandon Young
He is a talented writer but sometimes struggles to submit his work in time for deadlines. Fletch has a relaxed approach to his work and a sometimes flippant attitude. While he is still young he is savvy enough to know that a victim's background is more important than good writing in getting a murder story on the front page. Fletch's failure to meet deadlines earns him a reproach from City Desk Editor Gus Haynes.
While researching a feature on the homeless, Fletcher gets to know Bubbles, spending a considerable amount of time with him over a span of a few weeks, while Bubbles acts as Fletcher's guide to the city's homeless population. Fletcher visits Bubbles in various settings: the Soup Kitchen where he volunteers, an NA meeting, and while selling newspapers.
After getting his permission, Fletcher publishes an article about Bubbles. The article was favorably received by both Haynes and Bubbles. Fletcher is promoted to City Desk Editor after Haynes is demoted. The quality and depth of Fletcher's article about Bubbles is in contrast to what David Simon says is a major theme of the season: The Sun misses the important stories about the city.
Fletcher may be based on former Baltimore Sun reporter Michael A Fletcher, now at The Washington Post.