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Louise Kennedy

Senior Editor, Education, WBUR

Louise Kennedy oversees WBUR’s new vertical — coverage on all media platforms, whether on air, online or in person — about education and learning at all stages of life. The vertical is now in development and will feature expanded online and radio coverage.

Louise joined WBUR in 2012 as director of community engagement, overseeing WBUR’s live events and other direct, local forms of connecting with our audience. In 2014, she wrote “Project Louise,” a yearlong chronicle of her efforts to develop and maintain healthier habits, for WBUR’s CommonHealth. Final grade, she figures, is a B+.

Before joining WBUR, Louise was a longtime editor and writer at The Boston Globe, most recently as theater critic. She has also worked at newspapers and magazines around New England, some of which still exist.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Louise holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale College. (Ask her anything about women in the French Revolution.) She is the co-author, with Linda K. Rath, Ed.D., of “The ‘Between the Lions’ Book for Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn to Read” and has taught journalism at Emerson College.

She lives in Newton, where her children attend public school.

Recent stories

Mass. Needs More College Graduates, Report Says

June 08, 2016
The state's public institutions are not keeping pace with employers' needs, a new report says. Here's the University of Massachusetts Boston. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

The state Department of Higher Education projects a shortfall of about 50,000 bachelor’s degrees by 2025.

Beyond The Charter-District Divide, A ‘Third Way’ For Schools

June 01, 2016

Chris Gabrieli’s Empower Schools brought together education officials to discuss a proposed end to the “civil war” between charters and more traditional schools.

Meet The Girls Who Code In A Roxbury Basement

May 03, 2016
Volunteer Charity Leschinski, left, helps student Janae Bush-de la Cruz debug a program during a Girls Who Code meeting sponsored by Brookview House in Roxbury. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The program aims to teach girls — half of whom live in poverty — a skill set that could help close the gender gap in high tech and boost their financial futures.

Project Louise: The Project Ends Now … But It Lasts A Lifetime

December 31, 2014

Louise’s year of improving her health is over — but what she’s learned from it will take her on from here.

Project Louise: Learning To Drive A Ferrari Brain Toward Exercise

December 10, 2014

Louise settles down just long enough to learn more about ADD, and how it may be getting in the way of her project.

Project Louise: Trying Not To Hate Steve Brown For Easily Losing 30 Pounds

November 19, 2014

Louise talks with a colleague who effortlessly lost 30 pounds. How?

Project Louise: With Two Months To Go, Where Are We?

November 05, 2014

Is Louise reaching her goals? Yes and (hello, treadmill) not so much.

The Voice Of ‘Car Talk’ — And Of ‘Our Fair City’

November 03, 2014
Tom, left, and Ray Magliozzi at the 2012 WBUR Gala, where “Car Talk” was honored (Mary Flatley for Liz Linder Photography)

Tom and Ray let the world hear what Boston really sounds like, says Louise Kennedy. Tom Magliozzi died Monday morning.

Project Louise: What To Do About Cholesterol?

October 15, 2014

Louise doesn’t like the idea of taking statins. Is the science on her side?

Project Louise: The Zombie Workout Adds Strength Training

October 10, 2014

Louise returns to the gym — to learn a workout routine that doesn’t require a gym.

Project Louise: Can You See The Future?

October 01, 2014

This week, Louise checks in on her vision statement — and asks for yours.

Project Louise: Stop Worrying And Learn To Love The Zombie Workout

September 19, 2014

Project Louise: The zombie workout, or, getting intense and liking it.

Project Louise: The Dog Ate My Homework

September 04, 2014

Louise had great plans for dealing with stress … until the stress got in the way.

Project Louise: Entering The Home Stretch, Time To Press ‘Pause’

August 27, 2014

Making the turn to the home stretch, Louise stops to consider her progress.

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