Globe taps legit critic

Kennedy in top post at Beantown paper

Louise Kennedy, longtime arts writer for the Boston Globe, has been named to the paper’s top legit critic post.

Kennedy succeeds theater critic Ed Siegel, who had the seat on the aisle since 1995. He took a recent buyout from the paper. Kennedy, 47, who had been second-string critic to Siegel, takes over the role May 22.

Kennedy came to the paper in 1988 as a copy editor and wrote her first review in 1992. She also worked as assistant book editor, assistant Living/Arts editor, assistant managing editor, food editor, home editor and, since 2001, arts reporter.

Jeremy Eichler, 31, a classical music writer for the New York Times, becomes the Globe’s classical music critic in September, succeeding longtime longhair critic Richard Dyer. Sarah Rodman, 37, formerly of the Boston Herald, becomes the new pop music writer, succeeding veteran pop culture critic Steve Morse. Dyer and Morse also took the buyouts.

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