break the/a story

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break the/a story

To be the first to address or publicize an issue, often a news story. Our newspaper broke the story of the mayor's scandal, and now every national news outlet is covering it!
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break a story

[for a media outlet] to be the first to broadcast or distribute the story of an event. The Tribune broke the story before the Herald could even send a reporter to the scene.
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We chatted [on The Writers' Room] for an hour and a half-which you've got to edit down to a 30-minute show--and we'd throw out a story idea and try to break the story and pitch it just for fun.
Mitchell was determined to get NBC some "bragging rights" by winning the competition to break Kerry's veep selection which in the world of television news "was the World Series and the Super Bowl combined." And break the story Mitchell and Katie Couric did when, at 7:30 on a weekday morning, they went on "Today" to report Edwards as Kerry's choice.
* Felicity Barringer did indeed break the story of Kiesling's resignation, a commendable scoop.
Writing in National Review, the syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin--author of the book Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores (Regnery Gateway, 2002) and the first to break the story of Malvo's brush with the INS--charged that such "catch and release" decisions have "cost scores of American lives," now including the victims of the snipers.
As I understand it, because of his friendship with Walsh, Delugach was prepared to break the story here at the same time that Life magazine would be hitting the newsstands.