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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.

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.

 

Jessica Brown Findlay & Colin Farrell in "Winter's Tale" (credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Winter’s Tale’

Did Colin Farrell steal Jan’s heart in his latest film? Find out…

02/14/2014

(L-R) John Goodman, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bob Balaban & Bill Murray in "The Monuments Men" (credit: Claudette Barius/Columbia Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Monuments Men’

How did “Monuments Men” rank on Jan’s hats scale? Find out here…

02/07/2014

Notable Deaths 2014

Jan Wahl: Philip Seymour Hoffman Was ‘Amazing Actor’

KCBS entertainment reporter Jan Wahl spoke on Sunday about the acclaimed actor’s extraordinary career.

02/02/2014

Middleton (credit: Anchor Bay Films )

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘At Middleton’ & ‘Labor Day’

Find out what Jan thinks of the latest film produced & starring Andy Garcia + “Labor Day” w/ Brolin & Winslet

01/31/2014

Chris Pine in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (credit: Paramount Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

How does Chris Pine do as the new “Jack Ryan?” Find out what Jan thought…

01/17/2014

(L-R) Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch in "Lone Survivor" (credit: Universal Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Lone Survivor’ & ‘August: Osage County’

Jan describes a film as “…Every scene feels authentic” – Which film is she talking about?

01/10/2014

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street" (credit: Paramount Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Her,’ & ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

See what Jan thought of the movies of Leo, Ben and Joaquin…

12/27/2013

(L-R) Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake & Adam Driver in "Inside Llewyn Davis" (credit: Alison Rosa/© 2013 CBS Films)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘American Hustle’ & ‘Anchorman 2′

Jan deals out the “Hats!” Find out which film got the shortend…

12/20/2013

Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr. Banks" (credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ & ‘The Armstrong Lie’

This week, Jan talks Disney & Mary Poppin’s creator & the Lance Armstrong documentary

12/13/2013

"Frozen" (credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Frozen’ & ‘Philomena’

Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Judi Dench & Steve Coogan are featured in the films Jan reviews this week…

11/29/2013

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