Ita Buttrose eyeing top honour
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SYDNEY, Jan 23 AAP
January 23 2013, 11:40AM
After a trailblazing career spanning seven decades, publishing icon Ita Buttrose is in the frame to be named Australian of the Year 2013.
Ms Buttrose, who sprang to national prominence in the 1970s as editor of Cleo magazine, has been selected as NSW's Australian of the Year nominee for her work championing social and health issues.
She has been National President of Alzheimer's Australia since 2011 and is also Vice President Emeritus of Arthritis Australia.
Born in Sydney to a journalist father, Ms Buttrose started out as a copy girl at the Australian Women's Weekly in the 1950s before becoming a cadet journalist with the Daily Telegraph.
She was appointed women's editor at the Telegraph when she was just 23-years-old and went on to become founding editor of Sir Frank Packer's new women's magazine Cleo in 1971.
Cleo was an instant hit, becoming the nation's top-selling monthly women's magazine and propelling Ms Buttrose to national celebrity status.
She was appointed editor of Women's Weekly and in 1989 and became the first woman editor of an Australian metropolitan newspaper - the Murdoch-owned Daily Telegraph.
Later, she edited the Sunday Telegraph before becoming the first woman appointed to the News Ltd board.
Ms Buttrose currently uses her national profile to raise awareness of breast cancer, HIV/AIDS and prostate cancer.
The Australian of the Year will be announced on Friday.