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.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Imitation Game,” based on the true story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who helped crack the Germans’ Enigma code during World War II. Also reviewed is “Top Five,” Chris Rock’s first directorial effort in seven years about a comedian struggling with becoming a serious actor and his upcoming nuptials.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Foxcatcher,” based on the tumultuous life of wealthy eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carrell) and his wrestling training facility. Also reviewed is Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier western “The Homesman”, starring Hillary Swank and Meryl Streep.
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KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “St. Vincent,” the story of a low-down loser (Bill Murray) who ends up taking care of his 12-year-old neighbor, who is the son of a struggling single mom.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. as a big city lawyer returning to his hometown to defend his father, a local judge accused of murder, and “Two Faces of January,” an original thriller from director Hossein Amini set in 1960s Athens about a con artist, his wife and a stranger fleeing the mysterious death of a private detective.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Gone Girl,” a thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel as well as “Men, Women and Children,” a drama about families trying to navigate relationships and communication in the digital world.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Pride,” starring Bill Nighy, based on the true story of a Welsh town’s fight for LGBT rights during the reign of Margaret Thatcher, and “Last Days in Vietnam,” a documentary from director Rory Kennedy chronicling the U.S. military’s chaotic evacuation during the final weeks of the Vietnam War.
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.
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.