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.

Ways to Connect

This week on Inside the Arts, FestiGals, the summer weekend getaway for women kicks off Downtown. We talk with spokeswoman Sandra Dartus.

Then, a heads up for design aficionados. We explore minimalism in the New Orleans Museum of Art's new exhibit, The Essence of Things - Design and the Art of Reduction: An Exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum.

And, we round out with the adventures of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn as Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane closes its season with the Tony Award winning musical Big River.

Conversation with New Orleans based filmmaker John Richie.   His latest documentary "91%" looks at gun violence in this country.

91%: A Film About Guns In America, screens tonight [7/21] at Tulane University in the Boggs, Lavin-Bernick Center at 7pm.  A panel discussion follows. 

Photo Credit: Xun Wang

This week on Inside the Arts, the NOLA Project's latest theater experience takes audiences to a movie set, atop a downtown hotel.

Then, the New Orleans International Piano Competition presented by MASNO opens this week with a performance by a former gold medalist.  We talk with pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya.

And, we round out with a magical tale as the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane closes its season with Tony Kushner’s The Illusion.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

The New Orleans Chamber Orchestra premieres works from local composers and well known classics.  We talk with orchestra co-founder Phillip Larroque. 

 The New Orleans Chamber Orchestra debuts Friday July 15th at the Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St. at 8pm. 

This week on Inside the Arts, issues of intra-racial divisions within the city's African   American community explode on stage in Jackie Alexander's The High Priestess of Dark Alley opening this week at Le Petit Theater.

 Then, more paintings from Bob Dylan are on display in the Great Hall at NOMA. And, we round out with the six time Tony Award winning musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie at Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane.  Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Photo Credit: Christina Lessa | MistyCopeland.com

This week on Inside the Arts, a nationally acclaimed ballerina makes her debut at the 22nd annual ESSENCE Fest. We talk with ballet star Misty Copeland.

Then, Congo Square is home to a healing ceremony honoring African ancestors. The Ashe Cultural Arts Center presents its annual MAAFA Commemoration remembering the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

And, we round out with a classic work by renowned Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. In Good Company presents The House of Bernarda Alba.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

La. Legislature Ends Special Session

Jun 24, 2016
Advocate columnist Stephanie Grace.
The Advocate

WWNO Morning Edition host Diane Mack speaks with New Orleans Advocate columnist Stephanie Grace about the latest special session that just ended in the Louisiana Legislature.

This week on Inside the Arts, the countdown is on to the 2016 ESSENCE  Festival opening July 4th weekend. ESSENCE Magazine Editor in Chief, Vanessa De Luca joins us.

 Then, a tweet from birds along the Poydras Street neutral ground as Avian Avatars nest in the sculpture corridor's Mid-City expansion. And, we round out with two Broadway veterans with local ties who are bringing cabaret theater to a downtown saloon. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on Inside the Arts, one of the Bard's early comedies, the Two Gentlemen of Verona opens the season for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.

Photo Credit: Kevin O'Mara

This week on Inside the Arts, festivals are everywhere. The French Market District is ripe and ready for its 30th celebration of the Creole tomato. 

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