Friday, November 13, 2009

I have a very busy weekend coming up! On Saturday night November 14 I will be hosting a gala for the Melanoma Foundation of New England in Hingham.
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On Sunday afternoon I am emceeing the "Wayland's Got Talent" Fundraiser--3:30-6:00 at the Wayland Middle School auditorium!

Tonight I am off to see the Boston Lyric Opera Company's production of CARMEN at the Shubert Theatre!

Also--There are two magazine articles on me this month--check out the Fall 2009 issue of NORTHWEST LIFE--I'm on the cover!

And please read Dana Farber's PATHS OF PROGRESS--I'm featured on the back page. Many people know I am a three-time cancer survivor--melanoma and ovarian. Given that medical history, I am grateful to be here-- and blogging!!! No kidding. Entering the Blogosphere is beyond huge for me. I have been holding back all this time, but now feel like I have much to say.

If you have no idea who I am, please check out my bio:


Arts & Entertainment Critic

Joyce Kulhawik, arts and entertainment critic, has been an integral part of the region’s cultural landscape since 1978. Kulhawik has been instrumental in focusing attention on local artists and events, as well as covering all aspects of Broadway and Hollywood.  Paul Newman, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Barbara Streisand are among the many entertainment luminaries she has interviewed for WBZ-TV. Kulhawik is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, and serves on the selection committee for The Elliot Norton Awards, Boston’s local theater awards, Kulhawik also serves on the board for the Massachusetts sports and entertainment commission.


Kulhawik was co-host of the weekly nationally syndicated movie review program “Hot Ticket” with veteran movie critic Leonard Maltin, and during the 1999-2000 television season, she was a continuing co-host on “Roger Ebert & The Movies,” the popular nationally syndicated film review program.


 A three-time cancer survivor, Kulhawik was called upon to testify 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 “Daffodil Days,” helping to raise millions of dollars in the Society’s largest statewide spring fundraising event.  The American Cancer Society has honored Kulhawik with its National Bronze Medal Award for her work. Kulhawik accepted the 1994 Gilda Radner Award from the Wellness Community in Greater Boston “for engendering inspiration in cancer patients via her own valiant fight with the disease.”

In 2009 Kulhawik was awarded the StageSource Theatre hero Award for her service and inspiration as a champion of Boston area theatre and the arts. Kulhawik also received the 2009 Boston Globe Arts Champion Award by the Boston Center for the Arts.


In 2008 Kulhawik received The Emerson College Award of Distinction. She was also recognized by the Boston City Council with a special resolution in honor of her 30-year career reporting on arts and entertainment in the Boston area, and her commitment to raising cancer awareness.  Kulhawik was also named a member of the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle. This honor is given to distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to television over the course of at least 25 years.   In the spring of 2007, she was also inducted into the MCC Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Kulhawik received the Community Spirit Award at the 2006 New England Women’s Leadership Awards, the longest running event in Boston honoring the achievements of women.



In May 2002, Kulhawik received an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from her alma mater, Simmons College in Boston.  Kulhawik also received a 2001 Boston/New England Emmy Award for WBZ-TV 's Outstanding Team Coverage of Ground Zero.  Kulhawik also starred in the WBZ-TV Emmy award-winning promotion “The Look” for Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.


In 1994 the Berklee College of Music honored Kulhawik for her many contributions to the Boston arts community by establishing a $25,000 newly endowed scholarship in her name, in perpetuity.  In 1995 the Lyric Stage Company honored Kulhawik with their Arts Support Award.  In 1990 she was the recipient of The Boston Theatre District Award, which is presented annually to a Bostonian who has made a significant contribution to the stage, screen, and/or television.  Previous recipients include Lee Remick, Bette Davis, Ray Bolger, Jane Curtin, and Jane Alexander.  Additionally, Kulhawik was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by her high school, The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, in 1982.

Kulhawik joined WBZ-TV in 1978 as an associate producer and tipster for “Evening Magazine.”  In 1981 she became the station’s arts and entertainment reporter covering all aspects of art, entertainment and pop culture and played a key role in the public service campaign, “You Gotta Have Arts!”  As part of the campaign, Kulhawik hosted the station’s Emmy Award-winning “You Gotta Have Arts!” magazine program during its one year run, as well as three specials, the first of which received an Emmy Award in 1982.  She also presented “Arts Breaks,” sixty-second spots featuring local artists, museums, and cultural events.  From 1982 through 1985 Kulhawik served as co-anchor of the station’s “Live on 4” newscast. 


Kulhawik received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English & Secondary Education from Simmons College in 1974.  One of the top two graduating seniors at Simmons, Kulhawik received the prestigious Crown Zellerbach Award and a full fellowship from the University of Vermont, where she received her MAT in English/Education in 1977.  She taught English at Brookline High School from 1976 through 1978 and at the Boston Architectural Center from 1977 through 1979.

A talented musician, Kulhawik plays the piano and has sung professionally.  She was the soloist and organist for seven years at her parish church in her home state of Connecticut.  She resides

with her husband and daughter in the greater Boston area.




That's it for today. I promise not to be so longwinded in the future.
Thank you so much-- and stay tuned!


  1. Hi Joyce! Things look great though there is a lot of extra spacing between the paragraphs in the bio. You might want to consider editing some of that. Otherwise, awesome & enjoy your busy weekend!


  2. Hello Joyce,
    Been a fan of yours for years. Miss you terribly on WBZ-TV and I'm glad you're posting your thoughts on your blog. Your blog is very easy on the eyes. Like yourself, I am a breast cancer survivor and have had a couple of bouts with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

    I noticed you emceed a Talent Showcase last year. By the way, we are looking for an Emcee for the upcoming Turtle Lane Playhouse, Newton, Young People's Talent Contest, featuring Newton Youth ages 8-18. As you know, Newton is full of talented kids and we want to showcase their talents. The date of the finals is March 27th, 7:00 p.m.. The event is a fundraiser for Turtle Lane's summer workshop programs. They want to offer more scholarships to kids interested in studying the theatre arts.
    Do you think you would be interested in emceeing the event or perhaps being one of the celebrity judges?
    I think everyone would be thrilled if you were there. You're such a fixture on the arts scene.
    For more information, you can go to or call the general manager, John MacKenzie at 617 244-0169.

    Regina Eliot-Ramsey