Citizen-Herald Reports

Citizen-Herald Reports is a local news and current affairs program presented by the Belmont Citizen-Herald and Belmont Media Center.

Joanna Tzouvelis, editor of, is the host and producer, and she interviews local newsmakers and highlights the weekly headlines.
Belmont residents are also invited to appear on the Open Mic segment to offer their views on any issue, any topic, local or international. Speakers must be prepared to present a 1 to 3 minute editorial. If you are interested please contact Joanna or Jeff Hansell at BMC.

Catch an episode on BMC-TV Ch. 9 (Comcast) or Ch. 29 (Verizon):
Fri. @ 7pm | Sat. @ 5pm | Wed. @ 2pm

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Belmont Citizen-Herald Reports: 10/3/13

Editor Joanna Tzouvelis interviews town meeting member Judith Sarno and Raffi Manjikian about the Demolition Delay By-Law in Belmont.

Belmont Citizen Herald Report: 10/17/2013

Editor Joanna Tzouvelis speaks with Ann Paulsen, Belmont's first woman selectman, a champion of bicyclist rights and protector of Belmont's Underwood Pool.

Belmont Citizen-Herald Reports: 10/31/13

Joanna Tzouvelis interviews Vivian Abkarian, owner of Salon De Paris. Features a discussion about Reiki with Salon De Paris Reiki specialist Jean Connors.

Belmont Citizen-Herald Reports: Typhoon Haiyan

Northeastern University Journalism intern Brittany Carragher interviews Belmont resident Bernice Wilson, a Filipino whose family was affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Also features James Martin Tan from Northeastern's Barkada, a club for Filipino interests.

Belmont Citizen-Herald Report: 01/09/14

Editor and host Joanna Tzouvelis interviews former Belmont Selectmen Chair Ralph Jones about his recent decision to step down as a selectmen and his future plans.

Citizen Herald Reports: Ruth Foster 05/22/14

Editor Joanna Tzouvelis interviews long-time Belmont resident Ruth Foster in a beautiful garden setting. Ruth is a highly regarded horticulturalist, arborist, and landscape designer who is also a columnist for the Citizen Herald.

Belmont Citizen-Herald Report: Belmont Farmer's Market 07/17/14
Citizen-Herald Reports: Underwood Pool

Joanna Tzouvelis interviews Underwood Pool staff about the closing of the historic pool and plans for the new pool. 08/24/14

BMC On Demand Archive

Friday, 9/27/13Belmont Citizen Herald Report: Chris Starr on the Cushing Square Development Editor Joanna Tzouvelis interviews Chris Starr from Smith Legacy Partners and his architect Peter Quinn about the Cushing Square Development.
Saturday, 9/7/13Belmont Citizen Herald Report: Diane Miller for Joey's Park 9/5/2013 Belmont Citizen Herald editor Joanna Tzouvelis interviews architect Diane Miller about the reconstruction of the Joey's Park playground.
Thursday, 8/15/13Citizen Herald Reports - Alzheimer's Association Host, Joanna Tzouvelis, talks with Stacey Hammerlind and Jane Martin from Always Best Care in Belmont MA. Both Hammerlind and Martin share valuable advice about the Alzheimer's Association and on how to make sure our elderly loved ones are taken care of properly.
Tuesday, 7/30/13Citizen-Herald Reports - Mark Paolillo 6/20/13 - An interview with Mark Paolillo, chair of the Belmont Board of Selectmen.
Thursday, 7/25/13Belmont Citizen Herald Report: Sean McDonnell, 7/25/2013 Joanna Tzouvelis interviews Sean McDonnell, president of the Architectural Heritage Foundation about the situation facing the disposition of the historic Thomas Clark House.
Friday, 7/12/13Belmont Citizen Herald Report: P. J. Castaldini fromTogether Fitness Editor Joanna Tzouvelis interviews P.J. Castaldini from Together Fitness. Discussion topics include: The difference between "weight" versus fat, how "diet" is a bad word, eating schedules and portion control. Learn more at: Located in Belmont at 30 Church St. Belmont, MA 02478 (617) 484-9048
Monday, 6/17/13Citizen Herald Reports - Mark Paolillo 4/24/13 - Joanna Tzouvelis interviews Mark Paolillo, chair of the Belmont Board of Selectmen.
Thursday, 5/30/13Belmont Citizen Herald Report: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan (5/30/2013) Belmont Citizen-Herald editor Joanna Tzouvelis interviews Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.
Thursday, 5/16/13Belmont Citizen Herald Report: Rabbi Earl Grollman (5/16/2013) Editor Joanna Tzouvelis interviews Rabbi Earl Grollman in belmont Media Center's Studio B on May 16th, 2013. Dr. Earl A. Grollman a pioneer in the field of crisis intervention, was rabbi of the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, Massachusetts, for thirty-six years. A certified death educator and counselor, he was cited as "Hero of The Heartland" for his work with the families and volunteers of the Oklahoma City bombing. Dr. Grollman has spoken at many colleges, clergy institutes, seminaries, physicians' forums, and hospital nursing associations, and has addressed many support groups, such as Compassionate Friends, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Widows Personal Services. He has also appeared on national television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Children's Journal, All Things Considered, and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Recently, he was featured on National Public Radio's End of Life series in the roundtable discussion on grief and bereavement.
Monday, 5/13/13Citizen-Herald Reports 4/11/13 - Joanna Tzouvelis interviews Susan Smart, Vice-President of Belmont Woman's Club.