Chair, Advisory Board
Emmy Award-winning A&E Critic
Best known for decades as the Arts & Entertainment Critic for WBZ-TV, (CBS BOSTON) Joyce Kulhawik is one of Boston’s most loved and respected television personalities. A graduate of Simmons College, from which she also holds an Honorary Doctorate, and the University of Vermont where she holds a M.A.T. in English/Education, it was Joyce’s decision to quit her job as an English teacher at Brookline High School in 1978 that set her career in motion.
As Joyce tells it: “When one of my students asked me to go to the prom with him, I knew it was time for me to find another job!” Out of work and engaged to be married, Joyce threw caution to the wind and auditioned for a cutting edge, locally produced TV show called Evening Magazine.
The rest as they say, is history!
For over 30 years Joyce Kulhawik has been a champion for the arts in greater Boston, is currently President of The Boston Theater Critics Association, and a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. She also contributes to WBUR’s The ARTery online and WBUR radio.
Kulhawik has covered national and international events live from Broadway to Hollywood and beyond with her own brand of heart, soul, wit and charm. From the glamour of the red carpet at the Academy Awards and the Grammys, to the sorrow of standing in the middle of Ground Zero on 9/11, Joyce has been the eyes and ears for viewers throughout the region. She has co-hosted nationally syndicated movie review shows with Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin, and even has a chair named for her at The Wang Theatre!
Among her countless awards, Joyce was honored in 2010 with the prestigious Governor’s Award at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Awards. In 2007 Joyce was among the inaugural inductees into the Massachusetts Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. A wife, mother, and broadcaster, Joyce is also a three-time cancer survivor who received the American Cancer Society’s Bronze Medal for her advocacy, and addressed congress on the 20th anniversary of the National Cancer Act.
Joyce also hosts countless events including one of the oldest most distinguished international Women’s Leadership Conferences in the world presented by Simmons College, and serves on the New England Advisory Board for the American Cancer Society.
Look for Joyce’s movie and theater reviews and contact her through her website JoycesChoices.com.