Kate McClymont

Multi-Award Winning Journalist & Keynote Presenter

Kate McClymont is one of Australia's most prominent and awarded investigative journalists. Over an impressive career, almost entirely with the Sydney Morning Herald, she has pursued some of the country's biggest stories, in the process exposing corruption in politics, trade unions, sport, and horse racing. Renowned for her fearlessness, even threats to Kate's personal safety have failed to stop her from successfully prying information from reluctant sources.

Articulate, highly intelligent, insightful and with a raft of stories to tell, Kate McClymont's keynote presentations will have your audience on the edge of their seats.

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Kate McClymont grew up on an orchard near the NSW Central-West town of Orange. She was dux of the local primary school and matriculated in the top two per cent of the State's HSC students.

After graduating, Kate tried her hand at captioning TV series such as Minder for the hard of hearing, and worked for a publishing house, however neither roles inspired her.

Kate turned to journalism with Fairfax at 26 and first made her name with a story covering the wedding of a relative of the notorious crime figure George Freeman. Apart from two years as a researcher with the ABC's Four Corners program, she has spent her entire professional life at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Kate McClymont is a seven-time winner of the prestigious Walkley award for journalism, 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.

Kate 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). Kate also won the 2012 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism, and 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 McClymont was chairman of the Walkley Advisory board and a director of the Walkley Foundation. Additionally, in 2017 she was inducted into the Media Hall of Fame for her contribution to the industry.

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

Kate McClymont graduated with a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Sydney where she is currently the pro-Chancellor and a Fellow of the Senate.