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Susan Hutchison

Susan Hutchison is best known as a distinguished TV news anchor, serving the Puget Sound region as a trusted broadcaster and community activist for 25 years. For much of her career at KIRO-TV (CBS), she anchored the highest rated newscasts in Seattle, receiving numerous awards, including five Emmy's for producing, writing, and reporting news and documentaries. She interviewed President Reagan, President Carter, Billy Graham, and First Lady Laura Bush.

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Susan is now the Executive Director of the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, a philanthropic foundation based in Seattle which provides grants to arts, science and education programs . Major grantees include The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Russian National Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, Seattle Public Schools' Inquiry Science Program, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and Seattle's Museum of Flight.

For the April 2007 Soyuz launch into space, Susan served as Charles Simonyi's "mission coordinator" for his website and educational programs related to his two week flight aboard the International Space Station. She worked in Russia and Kazakhstan for the launch and the landing of Charles' spaceship.

Susan volunteers on the boards of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, Seattle Symphony Orchestra as Chair, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation, and Young Life International. She has a presidential appointment to the board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. She has been a spokesperson for American Leprosy Mission, Northwest Medical Teams, Job Corps, and March of Dimes, and is a frequent emcee for charitable auctions and fund-raising dinners.

At the request of the King County Executive, Susan served on the 10-member King County Independent Task Force on Elections which provided recommendations to the county and state to improve the fairness and accuracy of elections following the disputed 2004 Washington gubernatorial election.

As the daughter of an Air Force Lt. General, and wife of a U.S. Marine Corps Colonel activated for the 2003 Iraq war, Susan's patriotism runs deep. She has been a frequent keynote speaker for Veterans Day events and in 2007 established a scholarship for children of Marines killed or wounded in action through the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

As an adjunct professor for Seattle Pacific University's MBA program, she instructed graduate students in managerial communications based on her past 10 years as a communications consultant. Through her business, Susan Hutchison Presents, she trained more than 100 executives in companies in Seattle, Redmond, and Palo Alto to effectively communicate to audiences.

Susan started her journalism career in 1978 as a sportscaster for KITV (ABC) in Honolulu. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Florida where she wrote a daily sports column for the college newspaper. She spent most of her growing-up years in the Washington DC area.

Susan has been married 31 years to her high school sweetheart, Andy, an executive at Boeing and they reside in Seattle with their two teenage sons. They are active members of Seattle's University Presbyterian Church. She enjoys sculling on Lake Washington, skiing, and travel. She is an art enthusiast and painter.