re·​port·​er | \ ri-ˈpȯr-tər How to pronounce reporter (audio) \

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 How to pronounce reportorial (audio) , ˌre-​pə-​ , ˌrē-​ \ adjective
reportorially \ ˌre-​pər-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce reportorially (audio) , 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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Most of the players, including Williamson, went to the team bus without speaking to reporters. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Zion Williamson Lives Up to the Hype, at Least for One Night," 6 July 2019 The call was closed to reporters, but a transcript was made available soon after. Jill Colvin, Twin Cities, "US still seeks a way to ask about citizenship on the census," 4 July 2019 Brown said to reporters after the press conference. Jeremy Pelzer,, "Ohio’s anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ law blocked by federal judge: Capitol Letter," 4 July 2019 The call was closed to reporters; a transcript was made available soon after., "Trump says officials working on holiday on census dispute," 4 July 2019 There was some question whether Trout and his teammates would talk to reporters after the game — until just about every one of them showed up in a room normally reserved for the home team’s manager after each game. Schuyler Dixon, The Denver Post, "Angels try to get handle on raw emotion after Tyler Skaggs death," 3 July 2019 The app was installed on the phones of several tourists who, after leaving China, went to reporters in Germany with the story. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "China is installing a secret surveillance app on tourists’ phones," 3 July 2019 Reach the reporter at and follow her on Twitter @maryjpitz. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Foster-care 'crisis': More kids entering Arizona system as number of foster homes declines," 2 July 2019 Ellis said when asked by a British reporter if scouting the final hotel was a sign of overconfidence. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "England coach Phil Neville irked by U.S. staff scouting hotel for World Cup final," 1 July 2019

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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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