Diane Mack

Announcer & Producer

"This is NPR's Morning Edition, at 89.9 WWNO. Good Morning, I'm Diane Mack."

Many of you awake to that greeting each morning as Diane brings you the day's news as WWNO's host for NPR's Morning Edition. Diane is a native New Orleanian with a background in television broadcast journalism. She is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.

Diane has worked in various markets around the state. She started at KATC-TV in Lafayette as reporter and morning news anchor. Diane moved back home to New Orleans in 1982 where she joined the news staff of WDSU-TV as a general assignment reporter. In 1993, Diane joined WWNO's staff, hosting news programs, a classical music show, and the "Friends of Music" concert series. She is also an award-winning producer for the station's cultural arts radio feature Inside the Arts.

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Diavolo Dance Theater

This week on Inside the Arts, Jacques Heim, artistic director of Diavolo Dance Theater brings his daredevil troupe of dancers to the Crescent City.  Plus, the longest running one-woman production in Broadway history , Golda's Balcony, opens at Le Petit Theater, starring Clare Moncrief.

And we talk with Jesse Rosen, president of the League of American Orchestras.

We go Inside the Arts for conversation with filmmaker Maria Agui Carter. Her documentary Rebel tells the story of a Cuban woman, raised in New Orleans, who became a Confederate soldier — and a Union spy.

Rebel, presented by Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies, screens Friday, January 17, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at 7 p.m.


Attorneys for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — East had a chance to defend their lawsuit against oil and gas companies, at a meeting of the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

The head of the state coastal authority, Garret Graves, has been one of the harshest critics of the lawsuit since it was filed last July. Governor Bobby Jindal has also been critical of the suit.

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This week on Inside the Arts, remembering slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through art and song.

A tapestry unfolds as Big Easy Award winners Lisa Picone and Dorian Rush pay tribute to singer/songwriter Carole King in their upcoming cabaret, The Queens of King. And, we visit with Lila Heymann of the Foundation Gallery. 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

Mike Lavoie

We go Inside the Arts as former Saturday Night Live comedian Colin Quinn takes on the founding fathers in Unconstitutional.

The new comedy, a romp through American history written by and starring Quinn, plays at the Joy Theater tonight, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, we're talking jazz with singer Karrin Allyson. Southern Rep Theater, in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/Greater New Orleans Literary Festival, gears up for the New Play Bacchanal this weekend.

And we take a look at Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky's photo exhibit Water, in its final days at NOMA and the Contemporary Arts Center.

This week on Inside the Arts: New Year's Eve suggestions. We look at photos of years gone by at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Then, we talk with arts leader William Pittman Andrews, and we gear up for Joan of Arc's birthday on Twelfth Night.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

Kathleen DesHotel

This week on Inside the Arts, we remember Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue. We visit with the Louisiana State Museum's Mark Tullos.

Also, we talk jazz with renowned pianist Ellis Marsalis.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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The state-run Recovery School District took over nearly all New Orleans public schools after Hurricane Katrina. Soon, it won't run any. It will, however, oversee dozens of charter schools, including 17 local schools which recently decided they wanted to stay in the state system instead of returning to the local school board.

This week on Inside the Arts, a yuletide celebration with Ellis Marsalis and the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre as The Nutcracker Swings into town. We'll talk with local entrepreneur and FestiGals founder Diane Lyons, who is being tapped for a national honor.