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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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.
It's a telefilm that plays so fast and loose with the facts that it doesn't even use the real name of the journalist who helped break the story, even though he produced the film (Rudy Langlais, here named Ron Larson and played by Gregory Hines).
In Shadow, Woodward, the reporter who helped break the story, explains how Watergate -- the premier scandal of our time -- has indelibly altered American politics, culture, and the presidency during the past 25 years since Nixon's resignation.
It's simply not necessary to keep adding subplots, like having a newspaper reporter (Jada Pinkett Smith) threatening to break the story and, in so doing, likely expedite Lewis' execution.
Nearly 15 years ago, in 1984, IDG's Computerworld was the first major publication to break the story of the Y2K bug.