NEW SOUTH WALES STATE WINNER
2014 Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Ita Buttrose AO OBE is a truly exceptional Australian: a legendary media editor, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and 2013 Australian of the Year.
Ita currently co-hosts Studio 10 on Network TEN.
Twice voted Australia's most admired woman, Ita Buttrose was the youngest ever and an unprecedentedly successful Editor of The Australian Women's Weekly, the founding editor of Cleo, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia as Editor-in-Chief of the Sydney Daily & Sunday Telegraphs, and the first woman director of News Limited. In 2011, Ita's early career was the subject of highly-acclaimed ABC miniseries Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.
Ita later founded Capricorn Publishing and The Good Life Publishing Company and created ITA Magazine. She has been involved with publishing work for such clients as David Jones, Telstra and the Australian Tax Office.
She is the current National Ambassador of Alzheimer's Australia having served as National President from 2011-2014, Patron of the Macular Disease Foundation, and Emeritus Director of Arthritis Australia. She received an AO for her services to the community especially in the field of public health education when she spearheaded Australia's HIV/AIDS Education Program, an OBE for her services to journalism, and a Centenary Medal for business leadership.
A founding member and former president of Chief Executive Women and host of the TEN Network's new morning chat program, Ita has written 11 very successful books including her best-selling autobiography A Passionate Life. In 2014 Sydney's Macquarie University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Ita in recognition of her contribution to the arts.