Sydney Morning Herald investigative reporter Kate McClymont has been recognised as 2013's Fairfax Woman of Influence.
At an awards ceremony held at the Ivy Sun Room in Sydney on Thursday, the reporter also won the Fairfax Women of Influence category award for Public Agenda Setting.
As a result of winning the overall award, McClymont received $10,000 for professional development.The investigative reporter, who started her career at the Sydney Morning Herald as a cadet at the age of 25, has five Walkley Awards under her belt.
At this year's NSW Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism she also won the awards for Outstanding Crime Reporting and Outstanding Court Reporting, and shared the award for Scoop of The Year.
Among her most recent and notable scoops are the Canterbury Bulldogs salary cap scandal and the questionable dealings of the Obeid family.
In presenting her with her overall Fairfax Woman of Influence award, Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood said McClymont was ''a genuine giant of journalism'' in Australia.
''She is widely respected by her peers and by the general community,'' Mr Hywood said.
''She is deeply feared by both society's underbelly crooks and even the crims who walk the corridors of power.
"And her dogged reporting has in many cases set or reset the public agenda by bringing wrong-doing to light."
Winners in other categories at the awards, who each received $2500 for professional development, included Lois Turei, Annamarie Jamieson, Ainslee O'Brien, Marnie McKeown and Nicole Denton.
Fairfax Media's inaugural Fairfax Women of Influence Awards was held to identify and recognise female employees who have made a valuable contribution to the company, its future, and the broader community.