What Does a Court Reporter Do?

I had to testify in court recently and there was someone there typing in a little machine, apparently writing everything down.  My lawyer says that he was a court reporter.  That looks like a fun job.  What else do they do?

In Tennessee court reporters record and prepare transcripts of depositions, hearings and trials.  Unlike some states, court reporters in civil cases are hired by the people involved in the litigation, and are not employees of the State of Tennessee or any local government.  

Court reporters also may record and prepare transcripts for witness statements, corporate meetings, and other gatherings of people.

To learn more about court reporters go to this site.