Jan Wahl

By: - Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:52:02 -0800

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 developed for corporations and schools.

Before joining KCBS, Wahl was the entertainment reporter and movie/video critic at KNBR Radio, where she hosted a three-hour call-in show “Hollywood Calling.”  Prior to that, 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 news writer for KGO-TV, where she produced two documentaries while attending San Francisco State University.  She graduated with a degree in Broadcast Communications and Arts. While in 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.  For more information on Jan Wahl and her appearance, please go to www.JanWahl.com.
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