Definition of columnist in US English:



  • A journalist contributing regularly to a newspaper or magazine.

    • ‘It's a story you hear trotted out by politicians trying to make a point or ivory tower newspaper columnists trying to fill a page.’
    • ‘He is a widely syndicated newspaper columnist, a frequent contributor to leading periodicals, and a lecturer.’
    • ‘And a gossip columnist can get sued every bit as quickly as any reporter.’
    • ‘He was a prolific essayist and widely syndicated newspaper columnist.’
    • ‘What journalism needs now, he says, is fewer columnists and more reporters getting out of the office and talking to real people.’
    • ‘Ten nationally syndicated columnists wrote columns violently attacking me and the university for this unprecedented assault on American values.’
    • ‘He is a graduate student at Harvard University and a columnist for the Journalist magazine.’
    • ‘He currently resides in Barbados and is a weekly newspaper columnist.’
    • ‘"You shouldn't trust what those gossip columnists write, " she chided.’
    • ‘I'm going to become a teen magazine advice columnist.’
    • ‘Today, he is the paper's nationally recognized, award-winning humor columnist.’
    • ‘Some newspaper columnists use that one for anything they don't like or that one of their mates has argued against.’
    • ‘I'd seen what those newspaper columnists had been sprouting first hand.’
    • ‘For many newspaper editors and columnists, some sections of society seem to be fair game.’
    • ‘It's worth remembering that newspaper columnists write one or maybe two features a week.’
    • ‘Frankly, it's frustrating for our journalists and columnists to have to find new ways to rehash the same material.’
    • ‘Since then the gossip columnists have been doing their best to sniff out the real reasons behind the split.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best sports columnist of all time, Smith wrote what he saw.’
    • ‘Several columnists for mainstream daily newspapers cut to the heart of the matter.’
    • ‘Most of them are opinions held by regular columnists in the paper deliberately stuck in there to wind people up.’
    writer, feature writer, contributor, journalist, correspondent, newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newsman, newswoman
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