Studio 10 co-host Ita Buttrose received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 NSW Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism, held last night in Sydney.
At the awards ceremony, Buttrose was surprised with a video tribute, featuring a message of congratulations from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The award was presented to her by Studio 10 co-host Sarah Harris, as well as former newspaper editor Peter Newell.
Simon Dulhunty, Chairman of the Kennedy Foundation, said: “The Kennedy Foundation is built on a tradition of honouring the greats of Australian media and Ms Buttrose qualifies for the highest recognition in every way.
“From magazines, newspapers to television and radio, there is not one mountain on the Australian media landscape that Ita has not conquered with distinction.”
With over 50 years’ experience, Ita is one of the most recognised women in the Australian media industry. At just 23 years old, she was appointed women’s editor of The Daily Telegraph, before the founding editor of Cleo and then the youngest ever editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly. Ita was also the first woman to edit a major newspaper, as Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, and the first female director of News Limited.
In 2013, Ita joined Studio 10 alongside co-hosts Sarah Harris, Jessica Rowe, Joe Hildebrand and recent addition Denise Drysdale. Ita co-hosts the panel every Tuesday and Wednesday, delivering her quick wit, wisdom and sharpness, drawn from immense experience as a media editor, businesswoman, best-selling author and charity advocacy.