Susan Hutchison

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Susan Hutchison
Personal details
Born Susan Sylvester
(1954-03-24) March 24, 1954 (age 61)
Fairfield, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Andy Hutchison
(m. 1977–present)
Children 2 sons
Residence Seattle, Washington
Alma mater University of Florida,
(journalism, 1975)
Profession philanthropy, Executive Director; journalism, television news
Religion Presbyterian

Susan Sylvester Hutchison (born March 24, 1954) is a former television news anchor and political candidate in Seattle, Washington.[1] 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.[2] 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. In 2013, she was elected as chair of the Washington State Republican Party on August 24.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born Susan Sylvester at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, Hutchison's father was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. A 1949 West Point graduate, he became a fighter pilot in the mid-1960s and commanded a fighter squadron in South Vietnam at Da Nang.[4][5] As a military brat, she was raised in various locations and attended Niceville High School in the panhandle of Florida and transferred in 1970 to Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia, a suburb southwest of Washington, D.C. After graduation in 1972,[6] she enrolled at the University of Florida in Gainesville and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1975.[7][8]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Hutchison began her journalism 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.[4] She later became the weekend news anchor, and then the weekday evening news anchor and producer.[4] After being spotted by a Seattle television executive, Hutchison was hired in January 1981 as a TV news anchor for the CBS affiliate in Seattle, KIRO-TV.[4] She worked as the evening anchor for more than 20 years, earning five regional Emmy Awards.[4]

Charity work[edit]

In 2003, Hutchison became Executive Director of the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences,[9] which provides grants for projects in arts, science, and education totaling over $100 million, under the theme of Access to Excellence.[10]

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.[10] 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.[11][12]

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 dinners.[13]

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.

Political career[edit]

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.[14]

When Ron Sims stepped down, in April 2009, Hutchison announced her candidacy for the non-partisan race for King County Executive.[15] 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.[16][17]


In 1977, she married high school classmate Andy Hutchison, an executive for The Boeing Company. He is a retired Marine Corps colonel and a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. They have two sons who graduated from Seattle public schools. Her father, George Sylvester, retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1981 as a lieutenant general.[5][18]


  1. ^ McKay, Floyd (November 3, 2009). "Have Republicans found a path to reclaim some high state offices?". Crosscut. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  2. ^ Payne, Patti (February 28, 2013). "$100M Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences closes on schedule". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  3. ^ Brunner, Jim (August 24, 2013). "Susan Hutchison elected chair of state Republican Party". Seattle Times. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e A.J. McWhorter, "Emmy-winning anchor got TV break in Hawaii", Flashback, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 1 June 2009, retrieved 20-08-2009
  5. ^ a b "George H. Sylvester". U.S. Air Force. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Classmate profiles". Annandale High School Class of 1972. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Washington - communigator - Fall 2001". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  8. ^ "Elections Database - The News Tribune". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  9. ^ Regina Hackett, "Charles Simonyi gives arts and sciences a big boost", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 10 January 2009, retrieved 20-08-2009
  10. ^ a b "Susan Hutchison - Charles Simonyi Fund for the Arts and Sciences". Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  11. ^ Shapiro, Nina (June 2, 2009). "Susan Hutchison: No Answers, Lots of Questions". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  12. ^ Joel Connelly, "King Co. exec race heats up in springtime", Opinion Column, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 1, 2009, retrieved 19-08-2009
  13. ^ "Susan's Bio - Susan Hutchison for King Country Executive". Friends of Susan Hutchison, Retrieved 2009-06-29. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Independent Task Force Releases Report to Reform King County Elections Process; Recommendations...", Business Wire, 27 July 2005
  15. ^ Gregg, Deirdre (April 8, 2009). "Ex-TV anchor Hutchison running for King County Executive". Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle). Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  16. ^ "Hutchison, Constantine Advance In King Co. Exec Race". August 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  17. ^ "Hutchison concedes in King Co exec race". KOMO-TV News. November 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  18. ^ "Susan Hutchison". Washington State Republican Party. Retrieved November 2, 2014.