Jan Wahl

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Vancouver Magazine called her “San Francisco’s sharp-witted solo answer to Ebert and Roeper.” Recognized as a woman of many hats, film critic Jan Wahl joined KRON 4 in October 1990. Sporting a different chapeau each week, she critiques recent movie releases, reviews new videos, conducts celebrity interviews, and offers interesting background on show business.

In addition to her work at KRON 4, Wahl provides cultural and show business reports for KCBS Radio and is a featured regular on LIVE 105, KITS 105.3 FM. When she’s not working in television or radio, Wahl emcees community events, teaches, lectures and delivers show biz talks on international cruises. Wahl also teaches a class called “Critical Thinking of the Mass Media”, a course she originated for corporations and schools.

Before joining KCBS, Wahl was the entertainment reporter and movie/video reviewer at KNBR Radio, where she hosted a three-hour call-in show “Hollywood Calling.” Prior, Wahl frequently appeared as a film critic and historian on KGO Radio.

Before coming to the Bay Area, Wahl worked for ABC in Los Angeles, first as a documentary producer, and later as a stage manager and director of “Rona Barrett’s Hollywood,” “The Lawrence Welk Show,” “Match Game,” “Family Feud,” “Good Morning, America” and various specials such as the Oscar and Grammy telecasts.

In 1977, Wahl won an Emmy Award for producing and writing “They Still Say I Do,” a humorous documentary on the palimony case of Lee and Michelle Triola Marvin. That year she also became a member of the prestigious Directors Guild of America. In 1999 she won a second Emmy for a “A Filmgoer’s Bill of Rights.”

A movie enthusiast since her youth, Wahl began collecting movie memorabilia at age seven. Wahl entered the journalism field as a newswriter for KGO-TV, where she also produced two documentaries while attending San Francisco State University. She graduated with a degree in Broadcast Communications and Arts. During school, she also worked at KRON 4 as a panelist on a community affairs show called “Youth Inquires.”

Wahl is a native of West Los Angeles and currently resides in Marin County.


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Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “Freeheld”, “He Named Me Malala”, and “3 Still Standing”


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Join Jan Wahl at San Francisco Opera’s “The Magic Flute,” Courtesy of KCBS!

Register here for your chance to win a pair of tickets to join Jan Wahl at the San Francisco Opera to see “The Magic Flute”


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Movie Review: ‘The Intern’

Movie review of “The Intern” starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway.


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Jan Wahl Reviews ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ & ‘Being Evel’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a trio of movies hitting the big screens this weekend…


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Jan Wahl Reviews ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

Jan reviews the latest installment of the action movies series starring Tom Cruise…


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Jan Wahl Reviews ‘Amy’ & ‘Woman In Gold’

Jan reviews two documentaries and a drama with Helen Mirren & Ryan Reynolds…


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Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Ted 2’ And ‘A Little Chaos’

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl reviews ‘Ted 2’ starring Mark Wahlberg and his pal, a cute but vulgar teddy bear, who embark on a legal battle when the toy can’t have a baby with his wife. And “A Little Chaos” starring Kate Winslet.


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Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Inside Out’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews Pixar’s new film “Inside Out”, where a young girl deals with her full-range of emotions after moving from the Midwest to San Francisco and starts a new school.


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Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Entourage’ And ‘Spy’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Entourage”, a movie based on the popular TV series, and the James Bond parody “Spy” starring Melissa McCarthy.