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.

(Courtesy of Jan Wahl)

(Courtesy of Jan Wahl)

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.


Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson & Octavia Spencer in "Hidden Figures" (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Time for The Oscars With Jan Wahl

AUDIO: Jan Wahl takes a look at this year’s slate of Oscar contenders headlined by “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land” + more!


Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele & Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades Darker" (credit: Universal Pictures/Focus Features)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

AUDIO: This week Jan takes a look at “Fifty Shades Darker” starring Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson…


Robert De Niro in "The Comedian" (credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Comedian’

AUDIO: This week Jan takes a look at Taylor Hackford’s “The Comedian” starring Robert De Niro & Leslie Mann…


Matthew McConaughey & Bryce Dallas Howard in "Gold" (credit: TWC-Dimension)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Gold’

AUDIO: This week Jan takes a look at “Gold” starring Matthew McConaughey & Bryce Dallas Howard…


Ben Affleck in "Live By Night" (credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Live By Night’

AUDIO: This week Jan takes a look at actor and director Ben Affleck’s latest crime thriller…


Denzel Washington & Viola Davis in "Fences" (credit: Paramount Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Fences’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews Denzel Washington’s new film “Fences”, where a former Negro League player who is now a trash collector. Jan reviews her favorite film of the year!



Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Lion’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Lion”, the fact-based story about a young man looking for his lost childhood.


Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in the biopic "Jackie" (credit: Fox Searchlight)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Jackie’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Jackie,” starring Natalie Portman which details what happened to former First Lady Jackie Kennedy after her husband was assassinated.


Amy Adams in "Nocturnal Animals" (credit: Focus Features)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Nocturnal Animals’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” which has multiple stories in one film, movies with potential Oscar buzz and the Golden Gate Theater hosting a famous musical production.


Amy Adams in "Arrival" (credit: Paramount Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Arrival’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Arrival”, the story of an uptight linguistics professor (Amy Adams) who is recruited by the government to help establish contact with aliens.



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