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Gleeson is a reporter and talk-show host for "Gotham Live", a news channel in Gotham City. She resembles Batman supporting character Vicki Vale, as she also has red hair and works as a reporter (though Vale was a photojournalist). It is unknown if the show's writers originally intended Vale for this role.
Gleeson is often seen on the show in cameo appearances, reporting on crimes as exposition for the audience. She has been taken hostage a few times by criminals, but usually by accident. Most notably, she was kidnapped by the Ninja, Kyodai Ken, in the episode "Night of the Ninja" and nearly discovered Bruce Wayne's double life during his conflict with Ken.
When Batman: The Animated Series was revamped as The New Batman Adventures, Summer Gleeson was mostly absent. Instead Jack Ryder was used as Gotham's exposition-speaking reporter, mostly to set up for his eventual transformation into The Creeper.
Summer (with a different-sounding voice) made small appearances in Mad Love, and Batman Beyond's "Lost Soul". She also made a cameo appearance at Bruce Wayne's wedding in the episode "Chemistry", along with other characters who had not appeared since Batman: The Animated Series such as Leslie Thompkins, Zatanna, and Kirk and Francine Langstrom. Summer later made several more speechless cameo appearances in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. She was last seen in the huge crowd scene addressed by Superman in the ending of the episode "Divided We Fall".
In the Batman Adventures comic book she has been romantically pursued by Clayface and went on a date with him while he was in the form of a handsome blond man. She also was pursued by Killer Croc in Batman and Robin Adventures. Croc tries to convince her to go out with him but she is unaware of his affections, and when he attacks Batman and Robin she says he is acting like a monster, which causes Croc to turn himself, allowing Batman to take him to prison.
Of all the news reporters from each DC Comics animated series, Summer has made the most appearances in the animated comics. This is most likely since she has had the most character focus and episodes revolving around her.
Although Summer Gleeson has not yet appeared in the main DC Comics universe, she receives a byline in an article in Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files #1, indicating that a version of the character does exist in the DC Universe.