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.

 

Mia Alamuddin (L), Amal Clooney and actor George Clooney arrive at the premiere of Disney's Tomorrowland in Anaheim, California on May 9, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/ DAVID MCNEW        (Photo: DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Tomorrowland’ And ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’

For once, the future is not the post-apocalyptic nightmare of today’s science fiction. Jan Wahl reviews “Tomorrowland” starring George Clooney and “I’ll See You In My Dreams” with Blythe Danner.

05/22/2015

San Francisco Opera’s The Trojans & Jan Wahl (credit: SF Opera)

Win Tickets To San Francisco Opera’s The Trojans!

Enter here for your chance to sit with KCBS Resident Entertainment Expert, Jan Wahl, at San Francisco Opera’s presentation of Berlioz’ The Trojans!

05/18/2015

WASHINGTON, :  US First Lady Hillary Clinton(L) speaks with Sesame Street's Big Bird (R) on the benefits of public broadcasting in the Sculpture Garden at the White House 26 June in Washington.  Mrs. Clinton said that both Democrats and Republicans should support public broadcasting.  AFP PHOTO (Photo credit: JAMAL WILSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ and ‘I Am Big Bird’

The man inside the Big Bird suit for several decades gets an affectionate portrait in the film, “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” and “Pitch Perfect 2″ is a comedy about a cappella singers.

05/15/2015

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 15:  Actress Rose Byrne attends the premiere of 'Adult Beginners' at ArcLight Hollywood on April 15, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ and ‘Adult Beginners’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Far From the Madding Crowd,” a remake of a classic Thomas Hardy novel starring Carey Mulligan, and “Adult Beginners” starring Bobby Cannavale.

05/01/2015

Actor James Franco from "True Story" poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘True Story’

“True Story”, starring James Franco, is a tale of a disgraced New York Times journalist (Jonah Hill) who meets a man on the FBI’s most wanted list accused of murdering his family. Jan says there’s great timing and acting.

04/17/2015

Gardeners (credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Gardening’s New Ethos ‘Help The Planet’

From the biggest botanical gardens to the smallest backyard plots and terraces, there’s a movement underway to…

04/10/2015

Director/Producer James D. Cooper and Musician/Actor/Writer/Radio Host Henry Rollins attend a screening for the film, "Lambert & Stamp".
(Photo by Lilly Lawrence/WireImage)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Lambert and Stamp’ and ‘Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews two rock ‘n’ roll documentaries this week; “Lambert & Stamp”, which chronicles two filmmakers that stumbled upon The Who, and “Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police”.

04/10/2015

Actor Al Pacino attends the "Danny Collins" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater, NYC (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Danny Collins’ And ‘Woman In Gold’

A good movie with a star studded cast that can’t be beat… check out Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer, Bobby Cannavale and Jennifer Garner in “Danny Collins”

03/20/2015

British actress Judi Dench poses for photographers on the red carpet ahead of the Royal and World Premiere of the film 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' in central London on February 17, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS AFP/Getty Images)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ & ‘Deli Man’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews a sequel film with a familiar cast in, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Deli Man”, a documentary about third-generation Jewish delicatessen owner, Ziggy Gruber, in Houston, Texas.

03/06/2015

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Vanessa Kirby in John Boorman's "Queen and Country" (BBC Worldwide North America)

Review: ‘Queen and Country’ Is John Boorman’s Semi-Autobiographical Story About His Army Days

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Queen and Country,” director John Boorman’s sequel to his semi-autobiographical film “Hope and Glory” about a young conscript in the post-WWII British Army who lives on military base run by colonial officers. Also starring Callum Turner and Vanessa Kirby.

02/27/2015

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