March 24, 1954 |
|Profession||philanthropy, Executive Director; journalism, television news|
Susan Hutchison (born March 24, 1954) is a former television news anchor and political candidate in Seattle, Washington. She is the Executive Director of the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences. She has led the $100 million foundation from its inception in 2003. Hutchison's twenty-five-year career as a journalist began at KITV news in Honolulu and continued at KIRO-TV news in Seattle, where she received five regional Emmy Awards. On August 24, 2013, she was elected as chair of the Washington State Republican Party. 
Early life and education
Susan Hutchison was born on March 24, 1954 at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. She graduated from Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia in 1972 and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 1975.
Hutchison has a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Florida, and began her career writing a daily sports article for the Florida Alligator student newspaper. Upon graduation from college in 1975, she was hired by a subsidiary of the American Broadcasting Company. In 1978, she was hired as the weekend sports anchor and producer for KITV news in Honolulu, Hawaii. She later became the weekend news anchor, and then the weekday evening news anchor and producer. After being spotted by a Seattle television executive, Hutchison was hired in January 1981 as a TV news anchor for the Seattle CBS affiliate, KIRO-TV. She worked as the evening anchor for more than 20 years, earning five regional Emmy Awards.
In 2003, Hutchison became Executive Director of the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, which provides grants for projects in arts, science, and education totaling over $100 million, under the theme of Access to Excellence.
Hutchison serves as an officer of the following boards: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC), Finance Chair (present) of Young Life International, Vice Chair (present) All-Star Orchestra, Vice President (present) and Chair (2006-2009) Seattle Symphony, and on the following boards: Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation, Discovery Institute, and Salvation Army. She also has been a spokesperson for the American Leprosy Mission, Northwest Medical Teams, Job Corps, and March of Dimes, and has emceed charitable auctions and fundraising events.
Her civic involvement includes the Governor’s A+ Commission on Education, National Collegiate Athletic Association Committee on Compliance, the King County Independent Task Force on Elections, and the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for Seattle Community Colleges.
In 2005, Hutchison was one of ten people appointed by King County Executive Ron Sims to the King County Independent Task Force on Elections, created to make recommendations to reform the election process after the contested gubernatorial election of 2004.
When Ron Sims stepped down, in April 2009, Hutchison announced her candidacy for the non-partisan race for King County Executive. Hutchison won the primary election with 37% of the votes and advanced to the general election against Dow Constantine, who won in the November election.
In 1977, Hutchison married Andy Hutchison. He is an executive for The Boeing Company, a retired Marine Corps Colonel, and a 1976 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. They have two teenage sons who graduated from Seattle public schools.
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