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.

Ways to Connect

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Jon Parrish Peede. The new acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities is heading to New Orleans.

Then, LUNA Fête kicks off a Tricentennial Signature Event.

And, PhotoNOLA Festival explodes with images.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with music director Steven Edwards as the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans  gears up for a performance of Handel's Messiah.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Dillard University Choir gears up for its 81st Annual Holiday concert.

 Then, the Birdfoot Festival in partnership with WWNO launches HearHearNOLA, a live online classical music calendar. And, the Music Alive Ensemble spreads Holiday cheer. Violinist and artistic director Rachel Jordan joins us. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Photo Credit: Elsa Hahne

This week on Inside the Arts, we'll journey to the Marigny for Christmas Cocktails.  It's a holiday spectacular from the Marigny Opera Ballet.  The program premieres choreographer Diogo de Lima's, Aguas De Decembro, a Brazilian take on the holidays with a jazz score by Larry Sieberth.

Then, we'll explore a vivid chapter of America's photographic history-19th century American landscape photography made east of the Mississippi River, now on view at NOMA.

Photo Credit: Nate Ryan

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Chris Thile. The mandolinist and new host of the stellar music and variety radio show, A Prairie Home Companion is heading to New Orleans for a live national broadcast coinciding with the city's 300th Anniversary.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Orpheus legend from Greek mythology comes alive as the New Orleans Opera Association presents a new production of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.

Then, conversation with acclaimed architect Zena Howard. The female African American design artist played a major role in the building of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

And, an adventure in the woods awaits as FORESTival kicks off it's 7th celebration of art and nature at A Studio in the Woods in lower Algiers.

This week on Inside the Arts, Prospect New Orleans founder Dan Cameron is in town. November marks the opening of Prospect.4, an international contemporary art triennial. We get a sneak peek at a groundbreaking group exhibition of contemporary Mexican artists opening at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.

Then, conversation with acclaimed American pianist Spencer Myer. He's puttin' on the ritz in a solo performance at the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans Nocturne Gala.

And, a marriage on the rocks unfolds as Jason Robert Brown's musical, The Last Five Years opens at Le Petit.

Photo: Joan Marcus

This week on Inside the Arts, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and former Louisianan Tony Kushner is heading to New Orleans as his civil rights era musical "Caroline, or Change" is being staged for the first time in the Metro area. The production is a joint venture between Loyola University and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. Loyola Theatre artistic director Dr. Laura Hope joins us.

And, the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans presents Street Requiem, a 10-movement work impacting homelessness through art. We talk with Symphony Chorus artistic director Steven Edwards.

This week on Inside the Arts, local artists gear up for an entertaining evening at Le Petit Theatre, as the New Orleans Theater Network presents Footlights for Houston. It’s a benefit concert to help artists of the Houston Theater Community in the wake of historic flooding following Hurricane Harvey. Summer Lyric Theatre artistic director Michael McKelvey joins us.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Photo credit: Paula Lobo

This week on Inside the Arts, diverse voices of Latino choreographers are highlighted in an evening of bold contemporary dance as The New Orleans Ballet Association kicks off its season with Ballet Hispanico. We talk with artistic director Eduardo Vilaro.