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.


 

Jan Wahl’s Picks To Celebrate San Francisco Pride

AUDIO: Jan has her movie picks to watch to celebrate the LGBTQ community this weekend…

06/23/2017

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Cars 3’

AUDIO: Will Cars 3 take first place or does it need to make a Pit Stop? Jan Wahl has your movie review, here…

06/16/2017

Jan Wahl Reviews: Binge-Worthy TV & ‘Going In Style’

AUDIO: This week Jan takes a look at some TV shows worth sitting on the couch for and the film “Going In Style” starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine & Alan Arkin.

04/14/2017

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

AUDIO: This week Jan takes a look at “The Zookeeper’s Wife” starring Jessica Chastain…

04/07/2017

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!

02/17/2017

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

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

02/10/2017

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…

02/03/2017

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Gold’

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

01/27/2017

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Live By Night’

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

01/13/2017

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!

12/23/2016

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