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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.

 

(L-R) Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman & Adam Driver in "This Is Where I Leave You" (credit: Warner Bros)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘This is Where I Leave You’

From “Annie Hall” to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, there are wonderful comedies celebrating and satirizing our ethnic differences, but film critic Jan Wahl says “This is Where I Leave You” doesn’t deliver.

09/19/2014

Kevin Kline And Maggie Smith in 'My Old Lady' (BBC  Films)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘My Old Lady’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the film “My Old Lady,” a dramedy about a man (Kevin Kline) inheriting a Paris apartment from his late father, which comes with some complications by way of an occupant (Maggie Smith) who isn’t willing to leave.

09/12/2014

27th February 1956:  American actor Errol Flynn kisses his wife Pat Wymore's hand during the Golden Globe Awards ceremony banquet at the Cocoanut Grove Restaurant in Hollywood.  (Photo by Bertil Svensson/BIPs/Getty Images)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Last of Robin Hood’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Last Robin Hood”— the story of the final days of famed actor and Lothario Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline).

09/05/2014

John Lithgow & Alfred Molina in "Love Is Strange" (credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Love Is Strange’

‘Love is Strange’, with John Lithgow & Alfred Molina, will touch your heart and make you feel compassion for seniors.

08/29/2014

Helen Mirren in "The Hundred Foot Journey" (credit: Francois Duhamel/DreamWorks)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

From ‘Big Night’ to Ratatouille there is nothing better than using food as a metaphor in film. Lasse Hallstrom does just that in his latest effort, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”.

08/08/2014

Woody Allen at the New York Premiere for "Magic In The Moonlight" (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: “Magic in the Moonlight”, “And So it Goes”, & “To Be Takei”

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews three new films this week including Woody Allen’s latest effort, “And So it Goes” by director Rob Reiner, which stars Michael Douglas, and a documentary about George Takei of Star Trek fame.

07/25/2014

(L-R) Toni Collette, Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul in "A Long Way Down" (credit: Magnolia Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘A Long Way Down’ &’ Sex Tape’

Is there an upside to “A Long Way Down?” Find out what Jan thought…

07/18/2014

The Last Sentence (credit: Music Box Films)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Last Sentence’ & ‘Venus In Fur’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Last Sentence,” a biopic about a Swedish journalist in Nazi Germany; and ‘Venus in Fur,” Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the acclaimed two-person play by David Ives.

07/11/2014

Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy in "Tammy" (Michael Tackett/ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Tammy’ And ‘Yves Saint Laurent’

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)–KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Tammy,” a road-trip buddy comedy with a woman (Melissa McCarthy) having a bad day along with her alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Also reviewed is the biopic “Yves [...]

07/04/2014

A documentary about the life of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert is based on his eponymously titled memoir. Directed by Steve James. (photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Life Itself’ & ‘Le Chef’

Jan reviews a film about fellow movie reviewer Roger Ebert…

06/27/2014

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