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)

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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 Movie Picks To See Before They Leave Theaters

AUDIO: This week, Jan recaps several films to see that are still in theaters and some that we can see without leaving the comfort of home.


PMWW_00772_CROP (l-r.) Rebecca Hall stars as Elizabeth Marston, Luke Evans as Dr. William Marston and Bella Heathcote as Olive Byrne in PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit: Claire Folger / Annapurna Pictures

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Professor Marston And The Wonder Women’ and ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’

AUDIO: This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the true story of the man who created Wonder Woman and a comedy/drama with Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler.


Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Mark Felt’ & ‘Loving Vincent’

AUDIO: This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the true story of Watergate in ‘Mark Felt’ and the biopic ‘Loving Vincent’.


Judi Dench and Ali Fazal in "Victoria and Abdul"

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Victoria and Abdul’

AUDIO: Jan reviews an unlikely friendship between a young Indian clerk and Queen Victoria, played by Dame Judi Dench.


Emma Stone as "Billie Jean King" and Steve Carell as "Bobby Riggs" in BATTLE OF THE SEXES. Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Battle of The Sexes’ & ‘Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin’

AUDIO: This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the true story of the “Battle of The Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell.


Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Home Again’ & ‘Dolores’

AUDIO: KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl has a couple of ideas to take your mind off of the “real world” – “Home Again” and “Dolores”


Ed Helms and Lake Bell play documentary subjects Noah and Alice, whose marriage may be headed for a seven-year ditch, in the comedy I Do ... Until I Don't.

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘I Do… Until I Don’t’

AUDIO:This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews actress and director Lake Bell’s “I Do… Until I Don’t” co-starring Ed Helms, Amber Heard, Mary Steenburgen and Paul Reiser


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 24: Co-Directors Bonni Cohen (L) and Jon Shenk (R), and Former Vice President Al Gore (C) attend a special San Francisco screening of 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' at Castro Theater on July 24, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power’

AUDIO:This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews former Vice President Al Gore’s sequel to his 2006 environmental documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power”


Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon - © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC and Ratpac Entertainment, LLC

Jan Wahl Movie Review: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

AUDIO: This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama “Dunkirk”


Jan Wahl Talks ‘San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’ & Reviews ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’

AUDIO: This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl talks about the upcoming San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and reviews the documentary ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’




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