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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.

 

Geoffrey Rush & Sophie Nélisse in "The Book Thief" (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Book Thief’

Find out why Jan loves this movie starring Geoffrey Rush!

11/15/2013

Jared Leto & Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club" (credit: Focus Features)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Running From Crazy’ & ‘Spinning Plates’

Jan reviews ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ starring Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto…

11/08/2013

(L-R) Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro & Michael Douglas in "Last Vegas" (credit: CBS Films)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Last Vegas,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ & ‘Diana’

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl reviews ‘Last Vegas’ + More

11/01/2013

Robert Redford in "All Is Lost" (credit: Daniel Daza/Roadside Attractions)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘All Is Lost’ & ‘Torn’

KCBS’ Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl reviews ‘Torn’ & ‘All Is Lost’ w/ Robert Redford

10/25/2013

Benedict Cumberbatch & Daniel Brühl in "The Fifth Estate" (credit: DreamWorks Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Reivew: ‘The Fifth Estate’

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl reviews ‘The Fifth Estate’ w/ Benedict Cumberbatch!

10/18/2013

Tom Hanks as "Capt. Richard Phillips" (credit: Columbia Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Captain Phillips’

Find out how many ‘Hats’ KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl gives for Hanks’ new film…

10/11/2013

(L-R) Mark Duplass, Tom Welling and Kat Steffens in "Parkland" (credit: Walleye Productions)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Gravity’ & ‘Parkland’

Jan reviews “Parkland” w/ Paul Giamatti & Zac Efron + “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney…

10/04/2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Scarlett Johansson (credit: Relativity Media)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Don Jon’

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl reviews ‘Don Jon,” the story of a modern-day Lothario…

09/27/2013

Mark Ruffalo & Gwyneth Paltrow "Thanks for Sharing" (credit: Roadside Attractions)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Thanks For Sharing’

Jan reviews “Thanks for Sharing,” a smart/graphic movie about sexual addiction…

09/20/2013

(L-R) Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro, Dianna Agron & John D'Leo in "The Family" (credit: Relativity Media)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Family’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Family,” about a mob family relocated to France as part of the Witness Protection Program…

09/13/2013

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