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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    Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in a scene from "Mission: Impossible - Fallout." (David James/Paramount Pictures and Skydance via AP)
    (L-R) Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" (Photo credit: David James/Paramount Pictures & Skydance)
    July 31, 2018 - 10:02 am

    This week, Jan reviews reviews the sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible movie franchise starring Tom Cruise, 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout'.

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    Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" (Photo credit: Marvel Studios/Disney)
    July 06, 2018 - 10:33 am

    This week, Jan reviews the latest comic book action movie from Marvel Studios, 'Ant-Man and The Wasp'.

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    Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, and Hannibal Buress in 'Tag' (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)
    (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)
    June 15, 2018 - 1:33 pm

    This week, Jan reviews the comedy Tag, starring Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jake M. Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb and Rashida Jones.

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    Cast of Ocean's 8
    Cast of Ocean's 8 (Photo credit: Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures)
    June 08, 2018 - 2:20 pm
    This week, Jan reviews the heist movie reboot of Ocean's 8, starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.
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    Alden Ehrenreich as 'Han Solo' and Joonas Suotamo as 'Chewbacca' in "Solo: A Star Wars Story"
    (Photo credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)
    June 01, 2018 - 1:20 pm

    This week, Jan reviews the latest in the Star Wars Anthology films, Solo: A Star Wars Story starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson.

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    Amy Schumer in "I Feel Pretty"
    Amy Schumer in "I Feel Pretty" (credit: Mark Schäfer/STXfilms)
    April 20, 2018 - 10:24 am

    This week, Jan reviews the Amy Schumer comedy "I Feel Pretty". Question is "Does this movie make us feel that way?" Jan's answer may surprise you...

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    Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland in "Where Is Kyra?"
    Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland in "Where Is Kyra?" (credit: Killer Films/Little Minx)
    April 13, 2018 - 10:14 am

    This week, Jan reviews the drama Where Is Kyra? starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland.

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    Asa Butterfield in Journey's End (credit: Steffan Hill 2017/Lionsgate)
    April 06, 2018 - 10:45 am
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