Portrait of Kate McClymont

Kate McClymont

Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald. She is a five-time winner of journalism’s most prestigious award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley for her coverage of the Bulldogs salary cap rorts.  

She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the year for her investigations into the fraudulent activities of Michael Williamson, the head of the Health Services Union and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid.

McClymont is also the recipient of numerous other awards including six Kennedy Awards, the Australian Shareholders’ Association Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting (1992), The NSW Law Society’s Golden Quill award for excellence in legal reporting (1990 and 1992), Australian Racing Writer of the Year (1995) and the Australian Sports Commission Media Award (2002). She also won the 2012 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism.

In 2016 she was awarded the Australian Press Council’s Press Freedom Medal for her work as an investigative journalist.

From 2015 to 2017, Kate was chairman of the Walkley Advisory board and a director of the Walkley Foundation. In 2017, she was inducted in the Media Hall of Fame for her contribution to the industry.

With her colleague Linton Besser, she has published He Who Must Be Obeid, which chronicles corruption in NSW.

She graduated with a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Sydney, and is currently serving a second term as a Fellow of the Senate of the university.