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.
Jan reviews two documentaries and a drama with Helen Mirren & Ryan Reynolds…
KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl reviews ‘Ted 2’ starring Mark Wahlberg and his pal, a cute but vulgar teddy bear, who embark on a legal battle when the toy can’t have a baby with his wife. And “A Little Chaos” starring Kate Winslet.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews Pixar’s new film “Inside Out”, where a young girl deals with her full-range of emotions after moving from the Midwest to San Francisco and starts a new school.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Entourage”, a movie based on the popular TV series, and the James Bond parody “Spy” starring Melissa McCarthy.
For once, the future is not the post-apocalyptic nightmare of today’s science fiction. Jan Wahl reviews “Tomorrowland” starring George Clooney and “I’ll See You In My Dreams” with Blythe Danner.
The man inside the Big Bird suit for several decades gets an affectionate portrait in the film, “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” and “Pitch Perfect 2” is a comedy about a cappella singers.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Far From the Madding Crowd,” a remake of a classic Thomas Hardy novel starring Carey Mulligan, and “Adult Beginners” starring Bobby Cannavale.
“True Story”, starring James Franco, is a tale of a disgraced New York Times journalist (Jonah Hill) who meets a man on the FBI’s most wanted list accused of murdering his family. Jan says there’s great timing and acting.
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KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews two rock ‘n’ roll documentaries this week; “Lambert & Stamp”, which chronicles two filmmakers that stumbled upon The Who, and “Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police”.