Jane Horwitz has been a regular panelist on Around Town since 1988. Horwitz wrote the "Backstage" column for The Washington Post's Style section from 1997 to 2011, covering the Washington area theater scene in feature stories and interviews. She currently writes freelance theater reviews for The Washington Post and for Washingtonian magazine's website. Her column The Family Filmgoer appears every Friday in The Washington Post's Weekend section and is syndicated in longer form by The Washington Post Writers Group to newspapers around the country.
A Chicago area native, Horwitz earned her bachelor's degree from Stanford University and received a master’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She began her career in radio as a reporter/newscaster in Springfield, Illinois, then joined the television news department at WFAA TV, the ABC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth. After eight years as a reporter and film/theater critic at WFAA, Horwitz married and relocated to Connecticut, and then to the Washington area. She worked on WTTG TV’s “Ten O’ Clock News” as a theater and film critic for four years, co-hosted the national cable program “The Moviegoing Family” on The Learning Channel and became a panelist on WETA's "Around Town." She began writing "The Family Filmgoer" column in 1993 in The Washington Post Style section, beating even the New York Times "Taking the Children" feature to the punch by a few weeks. It went into syndication the following year.
In the 1990s, Horwitz was heard Friday afternoons on WETA 90.9 FM’s “PM Program.” The weekly segment called “Talking Pictures” ran for six years and featured Horwitz, then-Washington Post critic Rita Kempley, freelance critic Jayne Blanchard and WETA radio and television host Robert Aubry Davis.
Horwitz also produced and hosted two pilot film review programs called “Chicks on Flicks.” Funded with a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts, the show aired on WHMM TV and featured a panel of female critics.