Diane Mack

Producer & Morning Edition Host

"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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This week on Inside the Arts, a crown jewel in St. Bernard Parish is offering opportunities to youngsters with a passion for the arts.

Then, the 11th celebration of the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco festival gets underway in Armstrong Park.

And, The NOLA Project teams up with Le Petit Theatre for their first ever co-production, It's Only A Play, a comedy by Tony and Emmy award winning author Terrance McNally.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico is on view at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University. Multi-generational artists manipulate the canvas in various ways. We talk with co-curator Warren James.

And, NOLA Voice Theatre takes us back to the golden days of radio with a summer series of staged radio shows at the new Valiant Theatre in Arabi.

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This week on Inside the Arts, ESSENCE magazine executives are in town as the 23rd annual ESSENCE Festival nears. We talk with the magazine's features editor, Lauren Williams.

Then, a fight for freedom as Southern Rep Theatre presents Suzan-Lori Parks' Civil War drama, Father Comes Home From the Wars, parts 1, 2, and 3.

And, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane kicks off its 24th season with The Taming of the Shrew.

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This week on Inside the Arts, diversity and acceptance are celebrated in a new work being presented by The New Orleans Opera Association.  It’s America’s first transgender opera…As One.  A work that has been starting conversations across the country. We talk with New Orleans Opera artistic director Robert Lyall.

This week on Inside the Arts, the 6th Annual Birdfoot Festival kicks off with chamber music concerts in venues across the city. Violinist Jenna Sherry joins us.

Then, a sneak peek at Prospect 4. The citywide art exhibition opens in November.  WWNO's Eileen Fleming has details.

And, we travel the world as the Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble presents its 37th Annual Spring Concert. Artistic director John Rodi stops by for chat.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the 3rd Annual Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off Saturday on the Northshore.

Then, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University is celebrating the big 5-OH! Artistic director Michael McKelvey joins us.

And, vocalist Debbie Davis and pianist Josh Paxton release their first CD as a duo. It's a live recording called Vices and Virtues.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the 3rd Annual New Orleans International Guitar Festival gets underway at Tulane University.  Guitarists from 10 countries will celebrate a variety of musical styles.

Then, the Spider Queen, an original work from The NOLA Project, continues its run in NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with choreographer Jessica Lang. Her celebrated contemporary ballet company, Jessica Lang Dance, will perform a tribute to Veterans in the New Orleans Ballet Association's season finale.

Then, Redd Linen Night kicks off in Central City.  The Ashé Cultural Arts Center's visual arts show, with a twist, honors the legacy of Ashé co-founder Douglas Redd.

And, the 4th Annual Wetlands Art Tour kicks off this week in venues across the city. Producer John Calhoun of Spotlight New Orleans drops by for a chat.

The Arts District’s annual arts stroll, Jammin’ On Julia kicks off on Saturday with new exhibitions, music and food. We talk with Ginette Bone, president of the Arts District New Orleans Association.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Broadway hit musical HAMILTON is heading to the Saenger.  Got tickets? We talk with Saenger general manager David Skinner.

Then, it's Jazz Fest weekend 2.  We explore an architectural trade in the Louisiana Folklife Village. We catch up with Swiss woodworker Heinz Gautschi.

And, the UNO Playwrights Festival continues its run in the Marigny. Festival coordinator Bryon Reiger and UNO playwriting assistant professor Justin Maxwell stop by for a chat.

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