re·​port·​er | \ ri-ˈpȯr-tər \

Definition of reporter

: one that reports: such as
a : a person who makes authorized statements of law decisions or legislative proceedings
b : a person who makes a shorthand record of a speech or proceeding
c(1) : a person employed by a newspaper, magazine, or television company to gather and report news
(2) : a person who broadcasts news

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Other Words from reporter

reportorial \ ˌre-​pər-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl , ˌre-​pə-​, ˌrē-​ \ adjective
reportorially \ ˌre-​pər-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē , ˌre-​pə-​, ˌrē-​ \ adverb

Examples of reporter in a Sentence

She's a reporter for one of the major networks. the reporter was careful to ask as many questions as possible without annoying anyone

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Alibaba vice chairman Joseph Tsai told reporters in November. WSJ, "Chinese Consumers Curb Spending, Likely Deepening Slowdown," 3 Jan. 2019 Finally, Defense News reporter Mike Yeo translated the characters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Vietnamese Fisherman Drags a Chinese Torpedo Back to Shore," 19 Dec. 2018 According to Dudley, who partnered with fellow agent Michael Frank on the listing, the team has been fielding calls from reporters across the country—and hosting round-the-clock listings for the historic stunner. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "The Grinch Makes a Surprise Appearance in Nearly Every Photo of This Hilarious House Listing," 13 Dec. 2018 Recent estimates from the Department of Health and Human Services show that housing immigrants in tent cities would cost a whopping $775 a day per detainee, according to documents reviewed this summer by reporters at NBC news. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s tent cities are an enormous waste of money. There are better options.," 2 Nov. 2018 As first pointed out by royal fans on Twitter and later confirmed by royal reporter Rebecca English, Meghan chose to wear jewelry that once belonged to the her late mother-in-law, including a pair of gold and diamond butterfly earrings. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Wore Princess Diana's Earrings and Bracelet on the Royal Tour," 16 Oct. 2018 In addition, reporters discovered high levels of lead dust on rowhouse stoops, near construction sites, and at neighborhood playgrounds. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Booming postindustrial neighborhoods often overlook polluted past," 9 Oct. 2018 Before Porter, she was linked to Corey Lewandowski, who also stepped down from his own role as Trump campaign manager, and was accused by a Breitbart News reporter of forcefully grabbing her arm at a campaign event. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Hope Hicks Will Now Run Communications at Fox," 8 Oct. 2018 For some terrible reason, female local news reporters seem to receive a disproportionate share of bullies' attention. Andrea Park, Allure, "Tennessee Meteorologist Corallys Ortiz Responds to Viewer’s Racist Criticism of Her Natural Hair," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of reporter

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reporter

: a person who writes news stories for a newspaper, magazine, etc., or who tells people the news on radio or television



Legal Definition of reporter

: one that reports: as
a : one who makes authorized statements and publications of court decisions or legislative proceedings also : a publication in which such reports are reproduced — see also citation — compare advance sheet
b : one who makes a shorthand record of a speech or proceeding specifically : court reporter

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