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.


Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant" (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Jan Reviews ‘The Revenant’

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “The Revenant”, the story of a fur trapper who must fight for survival…


Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" (credit: The Weinstein Company)

Jan Reviews ‘The Hateful Eight’

AUDIO: Jan reviews Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” starring Samuel L. Jackson & Kurt Russell…


Jennifer Lawrence in "Joy" (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

LISTEN: Jan reviews “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence and “Concussion” w/ Will Smith…


Peter Mayhew as 'Chewbacca' & Harrison Ford as 'Han Solo' in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

LISTEN: Jan delivers SPOILER FREE reviews of “The Force Awakens” and “Sisters” w/ Tina Fey & Amy Poehler…


Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes' 1950s romance "Carol" (credit: The Weinstein Company)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews a trio of SAG Award & Golden Globe hopefuls this week including “Carol,” “The Big Short,” & “The Danish Girl”


Juliet Stevenson as 'Mother Theresa' in The Letters (credit: CinemaWest)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “The Letters” starring Juliet Stevenson + a rock-documentary of Janis Joplin, “Janis: Little Girl Blue”


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Jan Wahl’s Movie Reviews ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’

AUDIO: This week, Jan reviews the final chapter of the ‘Hunger Games’ movie series starring Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence…


Bryan Cranston in "Trumbo" (credit: Bleecker Street)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “Trumbo,” starring Bryan Cranston & “Spotlight” about Boston Globe journalists uncovering the child abuse within the Catholic Church…


Daniel Craig as James Bond and Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann on "Spectre" (credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews the 24th James Bond film “Spectre” starring Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz…


Carey Mulligan in "Suffragette" (credit: Focus Features)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews

AUDIO: This week Jan reviews “Suffragette”, “Burnt” and “Our Brand is Crisis”




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