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 “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.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Last Robin Hood”— the story of the final days of famed actor and Lothario Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline).
‘Love is Strange’, with John Lithgow & Alfred Molina, will touch your heart and make you feel compassion for seniors.
From ‘Big Night’ to Ratatouille there is nothing better than using food as a metaphor in film. Lasse Hallstrom does just that in his latest effort, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”.
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews three new films this week including Woody Allen’s latest effort, “And So it Goes” by director Rob Reiner, which stars Michael Douglas, and a documentary about George Takei of Star Trek fame.
Is there an upside to “A Long Way Down?” Find out what Jan thought…
KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Last Sentence,” a biopic about a Swedish journalist in Nazi Germany; and ‘Venus in Fur,” Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the acclaimed two-person play by David Ives.
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)–KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Tammy,” a road-trip buddy comedy with a woman (Melissa McCarthy) having a bad day along with her alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Also reviewed is the biopic “Yves […]