Ita Clare Buttrose
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Magazine and newspaper editor and publisher born in Sydney in 1942.

Ita is probably the best known woman in Australia today and has been twice voted the Most Admired Woman in Australia.

Ita joined Australian Consolidated Press in 1957 as a copy girl at the age of 15 and by the age of 23 was editor of the women's sections of the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph, having been taken under the wing of proprietor Sir Frank Packer.

Ita was founding editor of Cleo magazine in 1972 and was made a director of Consolidated Press in 1974.

In 1975 she became editor of Australian Women's Weekly and appeared on television with a therieth of lithping adth for the magazine.

She moved to News Ltd. in 1981 and became editor-in-chief until 1984 and in 1988 became editor-in-chief for the Sun Herald, part of the Fairfax group.

From 1988 to 1994 she was chief executive of Capricorn Publishing and in 1989 she began her own magazine called Ita, catering for the over 35s.

Over the years Ita has been a regular broadcaster on Sydney and Melbourne radio and television and in 1992 received the Hartnett Medal for her professional achievements, the first woman to be accorded this honour.

Other honours to come her way are OBE and AO.

She has been on committees of numerous bodies connected to the arts, medical and social issues, notably being chairperson for National Advisory Committee on AIDS.

Ita confesses to being a lifestyle magazine junkie.

She is currently working on a novel, using her large collection of magazines as a source for information on her characters. The novel will be published by Penguin.

It Buttrose can be contacted for speaking engagements through Saxtons -


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