Jan Wahl

Jan Wahl

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.

Jan Wahl
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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.

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    A scene from "Roma," which film critic Jan Wahl predicts will win several of the most coveted Oscar awards.
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    February 22, 2019 - 10:55 pm
    The 2019 Academy Awards will be held Sunday night and there's nothing more fun than arguing about who deserves to walk away with an Oscar. Film critic Jan Wahl has come up with a list of whom she...
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    December 21, 2018 - 8:23 am

    It's been an extraordinary year for movies, but keeping up with all of the new releases can be tough. KCBS Radio critic Jan Wahl has been sorting through the releases each week and has come up...

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    Ryan Gosling in 'First Man' (Photo credit: Daniel McFadden - © 2018 Universal Studios)
    Ryan Gosling in 'First Man' (Photo credit: Daniel McFadden - © 2018 Universal Studios)
    October 12, 2018 - 8:54 am

    From 'Oscar Wilde' to the 'First Man' on the Moon. KCBS Radio Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl takes a look at both of them...

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    James Stern in 'American Chaos'  (Photo by Sony Pictures Classics)
    James Stern in 'American Chaos' (Photo by Sony Pictures Classics)
    September 14, 2018 - 12:49 pm

    KCBS Radio Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the political documentary 'American Chaos' from filmmaker James D. Stern...

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    American actor Burt Reynolds, circa 1975 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
    American actor Burt Reynolds, circa 1975 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
    September 07, 2018 - 8:55 am

    KCBS Radio Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the local documentary 'Pick of The Litter' made by 'Batkid' filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy. Also, Jan salutes award winning actor...

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    Ben Kingsley in 'Operation Finale' (Photo credit: © Valeria Florini/MGM)
    Ben Kingsley in 'Operation Finale' (Photo credit: © Valeria Florini/MGM)
    August 31, 2018 - 8:55 am

    KCBS Radio Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the dramas 'The Bookshop' with Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson, also 'Operation Finale' starring Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac.

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    Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce in 'The Wife'
    Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce in 'The Wife' (Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics/Meta Film London Ltd)
    August 24, 2018 - 11:51 am

    KCBS Radio Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the drama 'The Wife' starring six-time Academy Award-nominee Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce.

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    Henry Golding and Constance Wu in 'Crazy Rich Asians' (Photo credit: Warner Bros)
    Henry Golding and Constance Wu in 'Crazy Rich Asians' (Photo credit: Warner Bros)
    August 17, 2018 - 10:10 am

    KCBS Radio Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the romantic comedy 'Crazy Rich Asians' with Fresh Off The Boat's Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon star, Michelle Yeoh...

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    Kate McKinnon & Mila Kunis in 'The Spy Who Dumped Me'
    Kate McKinnon & Mila Kunis in 'The Spy Who Dumped Me' (Photo credit: Lionsgate)
    August 03, 2018 - 12:20 pm

    KCBS Radio Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the action comedy 'The Spy Who Dumped Me,' starring Mila Kunis, SNL's Kate McKinnon and Justin Theroux.

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