Joyce Kulhawik has been an integral part of New England’s cultural landscape since joining WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) in 1978 as an associate producer and on-air tipster for “Evening Magazine.” From 1981-2008 Kulhawik was the station’s Arts and Entertainment Anchor/Critic covering local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood, and played a key role in the station’s Emmy award-winning public service campaign, “You Gotta Have Arts!” She has regularly reported live from the red carpet at major awards shows including the Oscars, the Grammys, and the Emmys.
Nationally, Kulhawik co-hosted Paramount’s syndicated movie review program “Hot Ticket” with veteran movie critic Leonard Maltin from 2002-2004. During the 1999-2000 television season, she was a continuing co-host on “Roger Ebert & The Movies,” the popular nationally syndicated film review program.
In addition to Arts and Entertainment reporting, Kulhawik also co-anchored WBZ’S daily 5:30 Newscast “Live on Four” from 1982-85. She has reported live from news events including Princess Diana’s funeral in London, and from ground zero in NYC in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
–Kulhawik is the President of the Boston Theater Critics Association, and serves on the The Boston Society of Film Critics.
–A three-time cancer survivor, Kulhawik testified before Congress on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of The National Cancer Act. Since 1983 she has served as the Honorary Chairperson for the American Cancer Society’s largest spring fundraising campaign and continues to raise millions of dollars for the ACS as a member of the ACS Advisory Board in New England. The American Cancer Society has honored Kulhawik with its National Bronze Medal Award for her work. Kulhawik accepted the 1994 Gilda Radner Awardfrom the Wellness Community in Greater Boston “for engendering inspiration in cancer patients via her own valiant fight with the disease.”
–Kulhawik regularly appears as a guest narrator, and has performed with the Boston Pops, the New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, the Boston Civic Symphony, and the Concord Orchestra.
–Kulhawik currently appears as a judge and co-host on WBZ-TV on New England’s Emmy-Award winning musical talent showcase, “Community Auditions.”
Kulhawik holds a Bachelor of Arts in English & Secondary Education from Simmons College, an M.A.T. in English/Education from the University of Vermont, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from her alma mater Simmons College. She taught English at Brookline High School from 1976 through 1978 and at the Boston Architectural Center from 1977 through 1979.
SIGNIFICANT HONORS & AWARDS
–2010 Governor’s Award at the 33rdNational Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston /New England Emmy Awards.
–2009 StageSource Theatre Hero Awardfor service and inspiration as a champion of Boston area Theatre and the Arts.
–2009 Boston Globe Arts Champion Awardby the Boston Center for the Arts.
–2008 Recognized by the Boston City Councilwith a special resolution in honor of Kulhawik’s 30-year career reporting on arts and entertainment in the Boston area, and her commitment to raising cancer awareness.
–2008 Inducted into the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle, for distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to television over the course of at least 25 years.
–2007 Inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
–2002 Honorary Doctorate in Communicationsfrom Simmons College, Boston.
–2001 Boston/New England Emmy Awardfor WBZ-TV’s Outstanding Team Coverage of Ground Zero
–1994 Berklee College of Music Endowed Scholarshiphonored Kulhawik for her many contributions to the Boston arts community by establishing a $25,000 endowment in her name.
–1990 The Boston Theater District Awardpresented annually to a Bostonian who has made a significant contribution to the stage, screen, and/or television. Previous recipients include Lee Remick and Bette Davis.
Kulhawik also moonwalks and yodels! Visit Joyce’s blog SPONTANEOUS ACTS OF JOYCE online at joyceschoices.com