Rachel Platt hosted the WHAS Crusade for Children for three years from 2016 to 2018. Now she’s stepping aside and passing the torch to WHAS11’s Lisa Hutson who will be co-hosting with Terry Meiners this year. A few months ago, Rachel left WHAS11 News and accepted a position as Director of Community Engagement at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.
Rachel and Lisa stopped by WHAS11’s Great Day Live on Wednesday, March 27th to make the big announcement. They were joined by Crusade CEO Dawn Lee, to talk about what’s coming up this year on the 66th annual WHAS Crusade for Children.
The WHAS Crusade for Children is always the first weekend in June, and this year it’s June 1 and June 2, 2019.
Melissa Swan co-hosted with Terry Meiners from 2001 to 2015.
More about Lisa Hutson from WHAS11.com
Lisa Hutson is a news reporter/anchor at WHAS11 in Louisville, KY, specializing in general assignment reporting.
I am so excited to return to my Kentucky roots and call Louisville my new home.
I was born just a few hours south in Murray, Kentucky where my family still resides. While I moved to Arkansas in my early years, I spent many summers coming back to my grandfather’s farm in a little community we like to call Hico, Kentucky. I come from a long line of hard-working Kentucky farmers and I’m still a country girl at heart.
From the time I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to be a journalist. I lead my high school journalism program while working part-time at the local radio/community television station doing everything from filming sporting events to taking out the trash and I loved it.
My college years took me to Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas where I studied Marriage and Family Therapy.
I returned to my passion for storytelling in 2010 at KTHV in Little Rock, Arkansas. For 3 years, I covered wildfires, tornadoes and the everyday struggles of everyday people. While in Little Rock, I shined a light on the issues local veterans face returning from multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in my series “Life After War.”
My reporting career took me to WXIX in Cincinnati in 2013. I am most proud of a documentary series called “Finding Home” where I followed a local family’s journey out of homelessness which garnered thousands of dollars in donations to local homeless shelters.
For the last two years, I’ve been waking up early in Waco, Texas as a morning news anchor at KCEN telling stories through my series “Heart of Central Texas.”
My husband Wayne and I are so eager to try all the great food that Louisville has to offer and attend those exciting UK-Louisville basketball games. I am so thrilled to serve the city of Louisville and I’m excited to get to work telling the stories that matter to the people of this amazing city.