Joyce Kulhawik, best known as the Emmy Award-winning arts and entertainment anchor for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008), is currently lending her expertise as an arts critic/advocate, motivational speaker, and cancer crusader. As the first arts reporter/critic in the U.S. to appear every weeknight as part of a local TV news team, Kulhawik gave journalistic stature to arts reporting and greatly enhanced her station’s commitment to community service.
Kulhawik is President of the Boston Theater Critics Association, a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, and Boston Online Film Critics Association. Kulhawik has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood, reporting live from the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys. Nationally, Kulhawik is on public radio stations as a panelist on the word game quiz show “Says You!” Kulhawik has also co-hosted syndicated movie-review programs with Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin. Look for her arts & entertainment reviews online at JoycesChoices.com.
A 3x cancer survivor, Kulhawik testified before congress on the 20th anniversary of the national cancer act. For over 25 years she chaired the American Cancer Society’s largest spring fundraising campaign “Daffodil Days,” served on the ACS advisory board, and has helped raise millions of dollars for the ACS first “Hope Lodge” in Boston. The ACS has honored Kulhawik with its National Bronze Medal for her work.
Since 2013, Kulhawik has emceed the Simmons University Leadership Conference here and abroad, the longest running women’s leadership conference in the world. Speakers have included Hillary Rodham Clinton, Viola Davis, Arianna Huffington, Martina Navratilova, Queen Noor, Michelle Obama, Mary Robinson, and Oprah Winfrey.
The recipient of countless awards, Joyce holds an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from her alma mater Simmons College, and has an endowed scholarship in her name at the Berklee College of Music. In 2010 Kulhawik received the N.E. Emmy’s Governor’s Award for her distinguished career, and in 2007 was an inaugural inductee into the Mass Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Kulhawik has performed as a guest narrator with the Boston Pops, the New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, the Boston Civic Symphony, and the Concord Orchestra. Kulhawik also moonwalks and yodels.
Kulhawik was awarded a full fellowship by the University of Vermont where she earned an M.A.T. in English/Education, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English & Secondary Education from Simmons College, 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
–2016 The Jimmy Fund’s Jimmy Award by The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for distinguished and continuing support of patient care and cancer research.
–2010 The Board of Governor’s Award at the 33rdNational Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston /New England Emmy Awards.
–2009 StageSource Theatre Hero Award for service and inspiration as a champion of Boston area Theatre and the Arts.
–2009 Boston Globe Arts Champion Award by the Boston Center for the Arts.
–2008 Special Citation by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives “For her formidable contribution to the Arts & Culture of the Commonwealth for the past 25 years.”
–2008 Special Resolution by the Boston City Council in honor of Kulhawik’s 30-year broadcast career and “her outstanding contributions to Boston’s arts and cultural community, and her work raising the public’s awareness about cancer.”
–2008 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle, Boston/New England Chapter Inductee for distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to television over the course of at least 25 years.
–2007 Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame inaugural inductee.
–2002 Honorary Doctorate in Communications from Simmons College, Boston.
–2001 Boston/New England Emmy Award for WBZ-TV’s Outstanding Team Coverage of Ground Zero.
–1994 Berklee College of Music Endowed Scholarship honored Kulhawik for her many contributions to the Boston arts community by establishing a $25,000 endowment in her name.
–1990 The Boston Theater District Award presented 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.