re·​port·​er ri-ˈpȯr-tər How to pronounce reporter (audio)
: one that reports: such as
: a person who makes authorized statements of law decisions or legislative proceedings
: a person who makes a shorthand record of a speech or proceeding
: a person employed by a newspaper, magazine, or television company to gather and report news
: a person who broadcasts news
ˌre-pər-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce reporter (audio)
ˌre-pər-ˈtȯr-ē-ə-lē How to pronounce reporter (audio)

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
Recent Examples on the Web Janelle Griffith Janelle Griffith is a national reporter for NBC News focusing on issues of race and policing. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023 In: Product Recall Alexander Tin Alexander Tin is a digital reporter for CBS News based in the Washington, D.C. bureau. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2023 Julia Binswanger is a freelance arts and culture reporter based in Chicago. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 Their conditions range from fair to serious, with none suffering from life-threatening injuries, Chicago Fire Department Assistant Deputy Chief Paramedic Keith Gray told reporters. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023 Volker Turk, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, told reporters in Geneva that a humanitarian pause in the fighting — as called for in a recent U.N. Security Council resolution — would not be enough. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C. has added 27 new reporters in markets across the state and hopes to have enough digital subscribers to support a statewide newsroom by 2025. David Bauder, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 Rebecca Cohen Rebecca Cohen is a breaking news reporter for NBC News. Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 6 Nov. 2023 In: Donald Trump Ron DeSantis Florida Nidia Cavazos Nidia Cavazos is a 2024 campaign reporter for CBS News. Nidia Cavazos, CBS News, 4 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reporter was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Reporter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​port·​er ri-ˈpōrt-ər How to pronounce reporter (audio)
: a person who reports
especially : one employed by a newspaper, magazine, or radio or television station to gather, write, or report news

Legal Definition


: one that reports: as
: 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
: one who makes a shorthand record of a speech or proceeding
specifically : court reporter

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