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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Inside the Arts
11:31 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Remembering Blue Dog Painter George Rodrigue; Arts Leader Mark Tullos; Jazz Pianist Ellis Marsalis

George Rodrigue
Credit 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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Education
7:08 am
Fri December 27, 2013

What's The Role Of The Recovery School District After Schools Recover?

All schools eligibe to leave the RSD this year decided to stay, instead of returning to city school board control.
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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.

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Inside the Arts
9:58 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The Nutcracker Suite Swings; FestiGals Founder Honored; Prospect New Orleans' Brooke Anderson

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.

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The Lens
5:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Design Competition Solicits Ideas For Louisiana's Waterways

The Changing Course design competition is picking the world's best brains for ideas on solving Louisiana's coastal challenges. Eight teams have advanced to the semifinal round.
NASA

An international design competition is offering $400,000 for ideas about how to improve Louisiana's waterways.  The "Changing Course" design contest is reviewing proposals from around the world to rebuild the sinking basins south of New Orleans, while at the same time maintaining enough water for navigation and commerce.

Lens Reporter Bob Marshall says that the state can learn a lot from other areas that are facing the same challenges.

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Inside the Arts
11:50 am
Wed December 11, 2013

PhotoNOLA Opens Citywide; Garden District Homes On Holiday Tour; NORDC/NOBA Holiday Suite

Market Street Power Station
Credit Meg Turner

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Photo Alliance kicks off four days of citywide activities with the eighth annual PhotoNOLA Photography Festival. We travel Uptown as private homes in the Garden District spruce up for the Preservation Resource Center's Holiday Home Tour.

And finally, the New Orleans Ballet Association brings together a unique group of dancers in its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite.

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

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Inside The Arts: Steven Forster's CELEBRITY; Kyle Abraham's PAVEMENT; NOMA's Susan Taylor

Credit Steven Forster

Coming up on Inside the Arts, acclaimed New Orleans entertainment photographer Steven Forster celebrates 35 years with the exhibit Celebrity opening this weekend at Boyd Satellite Gallery.

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Education
8:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Report Finds School Suspension Policies Often Do More Harm Than Good

The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana recently released one of the first reports to examine New Orleans-specific data on out-of-school suspensions. It's called Suspensions Matter: 2011-2012 Year in Review.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Inside The Arts: The Priests In Concert; LPO's James Boyd; NOBT Performs Holiday Favorite

The Priests

This week on Inside the Arts, Irish singing sensations The Priests are in New Orleans for an encore performance. Then, we talk with the LPO's James Boyd about his thoughts and vision for the orchestra's future.

And, the New Orleans Ballet Theater kicks off the holiday season with the first production of Tchaikovsky's timeless favorite - The Nutcracker, opening this weekend. 

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

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Inside the Arts
2:34 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Inside The Arts: Awadagin Pratt In Concert; Audubon Park Memories; NOMA Photos

Awadagin Pratt.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with internationally acclaimed concert pianist Awadagin Pratt. Plus, we recall memories of Audubon Park with WYES-TV's Peggy Scott Laborde.

And we round out with cream of the crop photos from the collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Kronos Quartet Celebrates The Big 4-Oh; Pride And Prejudice Opens Uptown; Central City Celebrates

Southern Rep's production of Pride & Prejudice runs from Nov. 13-24.
Credit Jose Garcia / Southern Rep

This week on Inside the Arts, the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet celebrates its 40th Anniversary season with a stop in New Orleans. Southern Rep Theater puts a fresh spin on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. And, revelers will make a joyful noise as the Central City Festival gets underway.

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