Jane Horwitz appears as a theater reviewer on Washington, D.C. PBS affiliate WETA's “Around Town” arts segments.
Horwitz wrote the "Backstage" column for The Washington Post's Style section for 14 years, covering the Washington area theater scene in feature stories and interviews. Her column The Family Filmgoer ran every Friday in The Washington Post for 23 years, and was syndicated for 20. She covered Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) in The Washington Post from 2014 - 2019. She has written freelance theater reviews for The Washington Post and for Washingtonian magazine's website and still does freelance film reviews for The Washington Post.
A Chicago area native, Horwitz earned her bachelor's degree from Stanford University and received a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She began her career in radio as a reporter/newscaster in Springfield, Illinois, then joined the news department at WFAA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth. After eight years as a reporter and film/theater critic there, she relocated to Connecticut, and then to the Washington, D.C. area. She appeared on WTTG TV’s “Ten O’ Clock News” in Washington as a theater and film critic for four years, co-hosted “The Moviegoing Family” on The Learning Channel and became a panelist on WETA's "Around Town” -- when it was still a weekly half-hour show -- before starting her print career.
She proposed and began writing "The Family Filmgoer" column for The Washington Post in 1993, beating the New York Times’s "Taking the Children" feature to the punch. “The Family Filmgoer” went into syndication the following year.
In the 1990s, Horwitz was heard Friday afternoons on National Public Radio affiliate WETA-FM in a weekly film chat segment called “Talking Pictures,” which ran for six years.
Horwitz produced and hosted two pilot movie review programs called “Chicks on Flicks.” Funded with a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts, the show aired on WHMM (now WHUT) TV, Ch. 32, and featured a panel of female critics.