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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 company confirmed to the Journal that it is "reviewing strategic options" after the paper broke the story on Wednesday.
Since the New York Times initially broke the story, dozens of women in the entertainment industry have come forward with horrifying accounts of sexual abuse at the hands of the once powerful producer.
Politico broke the story last week of Zinke's use of chartered and military planes.
The report remained secret for several months, until BuzzFeed broke the story on October 9th.
In December 2011, Philadelphia Inquirer investigative reporter Nancy Phillips broke the story of sexual abuse allegations against Iongtime Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin.
The judge told Leeds Crown Court: "The attention of the media to this case is an indication of the extent to which it has horrified everyone who has read or heard about it.'' 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.
THE journalist who broke the story of Milly Dowler's phone being hacked told yesterday how he wrestled with his conscience before deciding to publish.
"If things go as expected, it's him who will take charge of the France team after the World Cup," Boudjellal told Midi Olympique, the newspaper which broke the story yesterday.
The month-long diplomatic crisis was revealed publicly for the first time by Atlantic staff writer Max Fisher , who broke the story.
James was seen in New York yesterday at a meeting on a private yacht with business executives and Pinto, according to TMZ.com, which first broke the story. (note: correction appended) The specific nature of the meeting was not clear, although James is said to have paid Pinto a six-figure sum to participate in the meeting.
FIRST AGAIN: We broke the story on April 2 of Celts' interest
Showbiz Editor Sean broke the story of Led Zeppelin's reunion.
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 and MaleCorps.com.
BRIAN scooped the world when he broke the story of Michael Fagan's break-in to Buckingham Palace in July 1982.