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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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The Examiner first broke the story on May 29 after reports that a woman had been found in a dishevelled state when she stopped a passing driver near Woodsome Hall Golf Club, in Fenay Bridge.
While other media outlets discovered that Gannon's real name was James Guckert and that he was the employee of a wealthy Texas Republican activist who hired him to write for his Web site, it was Aravosis who broke the story about Gannon's apparent second job as a $200-anhour escort through Web sites such as HotMilitaryStud.
com, which broke the story that Gibson had made anti-Semitic and sexist remarks during the arrest.
A spokesman for Homeland Security told the Lawrence Journal-World, which broke the story, that "he didn't know how often the agency opened mail from abroad.
The event was to include a "White House briefing" featuring Towey but was cancelled after The Times broke the story.
Michael Smith, the British reporter who broke the story of those critical documents, pointed out in a June 26 Los Angeles Times op-ed that the most critical revelation contained therein dealt with the Bush and Blair governments' two-track strategy to bring about a war.
But that was hardly news to Mirror Racing fans as we exclusively broke the story on the front page of our brilliant 12 page pull-out, the Racing Post Extra, way back on May 8.
In May 2001, Nolan broke the story in The Globe and Mail--Canada's national newspaper--that the only known portrait of William Shakespeare was in the cupboard of a man in Ottawa.
Also putting in superb performances in this true story are Al Pacino as the TV producer who broke the story, despite death threats, and Christopher Plummer.
Nobody can say for sure how many dimes Iraq spent before one of the CDs finally landed in the hand of Andreas Zumach, a journalist with the Berlin newspaper Die Tageszeitung, who broke the story about the missing pages on December 19, 2002.
I would Like to remind Earth Island Institute that before the recent Enron/Andersen disclosures, it was Earth Island Journal that broke the story on conflicts of interest in the US accounting industry that compromised the financial corporate compliance filings with the Kyoto Protocols ["Sabotaging Kyoto by Privatizing Compliance," Spring 1998].
FOUR WEEKS after Alan Nixon broke the story in Hotline.
Spokesman Mike McCurry did, however, unleash the administration's wrath upon those who broke the story.
That was how the case got to court, where Charlotte testified to the beatings and The Wall Street Journal broke the story, forcing John to resign and effectively ending his career.
NEW YORK -- After news surfaced that big-name professional athletes were abusing performance-enhancing drugs, the two San Francisco Chronicle journalists who broke the story found themselves forced to walk the delicate line between the power of the law and freedom of the press.