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.

 

"Obvious Child" (credit: A24)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews: ‘Obvious Child’ And ‘Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia’

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “Obvious Child,” a romantic comedy about a stand-up comedian who is struggling with the prospect of having an abortion. Also reviewed is “Gore Vidal: United […]

06/13/2014

"Jersey Boys" (credit: Warner Bros.)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: Summer Season Preview

Will the summer blockbuster film season just cater to teenage boys as usual? Probably, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find some hot movies coming out this summer for the rest of us.

06/06/2014

Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris and Seth MacFarlane in 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' (Universal Pictures)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “A Million Days to Die in the West,” a comedy-western from writer-director Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “Ted”) that follows a cowardly farmer (MacFarlane) as he learns to stand his ground with the help of a woman (Charlize Theron) in the face of a notorious outlaw (Liam Neeson).

05/30/2014

Juliette Binoche & Clive Owen in "Words And Pictures" (credit: Roadside Attractions)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Words and Pictures’

A romantic movie set in a preparatory school in which an English professor sparks up an interdisciplinary rivalry…

05/23/2014

Actor Suraj Sharma, director Craig Gillespie and actor Madhur Mittal attend the premiere of Disney's 'Million Dollar Arm' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 6, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Million Dollar Arm,’ ‘Chef’ & ‘Tasting Menu’

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl said although the movie is a little long, “Million Dollar Arm” is still worth seeing.

05/16/2014

Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Sarah Gadon in "Belle" (credit: David Appleby/Fox Searchlight)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Belle’ & ‘NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage’

This week, Jan reviews “Belle” starring Gugu Mabatha-Raw + Kevin Spacey’s documentary…

05/09/2014

John Turturro in "Fading Gigolo" (credit: Millennium Entertainment)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Fading Gigolo’ & ‘The ‘M’ Word’

Jan reviews John Turturro’s comedy starring himself, Woody Allen & Sofia Vergara…

05/02/2014

Natalia Oreiro and Diego Peretti in "The German Doctor" (credit: Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The German Doctor’

Find out what Jan prescribes for this film…

04/25/2014

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Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘The Railway Man’ & ‘Watermark’

KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews “The Railway Man” and says this one is one of those films we get every once in a while that’s a combination of deep, powerful and beautifully made.

04/18/2014

Kevin Costner & Jennifer Garner in "Draft Day" (credit: Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment)

Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Draft Day’ & ‘The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden’

Should Kevin Costner’s “Draft Day” be your number #1 pick this weekend?

04/11/2014

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