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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Our group of reporters and bloggers became fast friends through our mutual interest of running and the outdoors. Amy Rushlow, SELF, "Running Changed My Life When I Was a Teen—and Now It’s Helping Me Find Myself Again," 26 July 2018 Uwe Keller, the head of Daimler’s autonomous driving division, said on a call with reporters. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Mercedes-Benz self-driving taxi pilot coming to Silicon Valley in 2019," 11 July 2018 Local radio, television, Internet and newspaper reporters have not been immune from anti-news-media sentiment. Alberto Ibargüen, star-telegram, "Support local news –it’s crucial to our lives and our democracy," 5 July 2018 During a recent press conference at Wimbledon, Williams was asked a question by Telegraph reporter Jamie Johnson. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Serena Williams Will Not Apologize for Being the G.O.A.T.," 8 July 2018 And the 1978 Superman film drew inspiration from the adult humor of 1930s fast-talking screwball comedies, with Clark Kent / Superman (Christopher Reeve) and hard-nosed reporter Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) exchanging witty quips between super-flights. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 Chicago Tribune reporters Paige Fry and Madeline Buckley contributed. Alicia Fabbre, Elgin Courier-News, "'I felt the shock': St. Charles fire captain, Plainfield paramedic credited with saving lives of 2 lightning strike victims," 6 July 2018 EARLY on the morning of July 6th reporters began to assemble their tripods outside Avenfield House, a posh apartment block on London’s Park Lane. The Economist, "The boss of Pakistan’s ruling party is sentenced to ten years in jail," 6 July 2018 Marciano was rough around the edges in his youth, earning an Army court martial for robbery and assault that Stanton unearthed at the National Archives in St. Louis after sifting through a Sports Illustrated reporter’s notes. Chris Brodeur,, "UConn Professor Chronicles Rocky Marciano's Rise Set Against Boxing's Murky Underworld," 12 July 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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