Joyce Kulhawik’s television reviews of all things cultural—including theater, film, music, dance, and the visual arts in New England and beyond, have informed and enlightened hundreds of thousands of viewers for 30 years on WBZ-TV. As the first arts reporter/critic in the U.S. to appear every weeknight as part of a local television news team, she gave journalistic stature to arts reporting and greatly enhanced her station’s commitment to community service.
Joyce Kulhawik earned graduate and postgraduate degrees from Simmons College and the University of Vermont. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from Simmons in 2002. Prior to her broadcasting career, she taught English at Brookline High School and the Boston Architectural Center.
Kulhawik was hired by WBZ-TV in 1978 as a producer/on-air tipster for Evening Magazine, and from 1981-2008 covered A & E for Channel 4 news, producing reviews, features and interviews including conversations with Paul Newman, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Barbra Streisand. She was also co-anchor of the Live On 4 newscast (1982-1985).
Nationally, Kulhawik co-hosted syndicated movie review programs with Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin. She also reported live from the Oscars, the Emmy’s and the Grammys as well as from Princess Diana’s funeral in London and Ground Zero in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
In 2010 Kulhawik received the New England Emmys Governor’s Award for her distinguished career, as well as Emmys for the WBZ series/campaign “You Gotta Have Arts!” and team coverage of the World Trade Center attacks, being among the first on the scene. Her countless awards include a scholarship in her name at the Berklee College of Music, the Boston Globe Arts Champion Award, The StageSource Theatre Hero Award, and was inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle for her significant contributions to television over the course of over 25 years.
Kulhawik is a 3-time cancer survivor who testified before Congress on the 20th Anniversary of the National Cancer Act and has helped raise millions of dollars for the American Cancer Society. The ACS has honored Kulhawik with their National Bronze Medal for her work.
Kulhawik is currently President of the Boston Theater Critics Association and continues to work as an arts advocate, motivational speaker, emcee, and cancer crusader. Find her reviews of movies and theater at JoycesChoices.com and WBUR’s The ARTery.