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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Photo Credit: Ken Huth

This week on Inside the Arts, Freud's Last Session continues its run at Le Petit Theatre.  Great minds explore the existence of God and other universal subjects in this battle of wits between the legendary psychoanalyst and Oxford fellow C.S. Lewis.  We talk with actor Kenneth Tigar and playwright Mark St. Germain.


Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve

This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet opens its season with Giselle Deslondes. It is a full length contemporary ballet, based on the classic Giselle, but set in 1930's New Orleans.

© Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York 

   This week on Inside the Arts, we take a look at 'time' as you may never have seen before. Prospect New Orleans presents the South's premiere screening of Christian Marclay's film installation, The Clock. Then, acclaimed New Orleans playwright Harold Ellis Clark's Tour Detour opens at the Ashé Power House Theater. We talk with Clark and Hollywood actors Harold Sylvester and Kenneth Brown, Jr. And, we round out with a trip across the river and into the woods for a celebration of art and nature.  A Studio in the Woods kicks off FORESTival 2016.

Photo Credit: National WWII Museum

This week on Inside the Arts, native New Orleanian and National WWII Museum Victory Belle, Courtney Boe, stars in Pictures of Marilyn.  It is an original production on the life of Marilyn Monroe, currently running at the museum's BB's Stage Door Canteen.

Becoming Number Six
Photo Credit: Second Star Performance Collective

This week on Inside the Arts, a dark comedy from Second Star Performance Collective, Becoming Number Six, explores the surveillance state, metadata and internet dating. We talk with director Harold Gervais.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans presents the inaugural regional performance of Tyler's Suite .  It is a nine-piece choral movement dedicated to the memory of Tyler Clementi who took his life after being bullied by his roommate during his first weeks of college.

Photo Credit: Jose Luiz Pederneiras

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Film Festival kicks off in venues across the city. Executive Director Jolene Pinder joins us.

 Then, Sarah Silverman headlines the Hell Yes Fest. The annual comedy festival is in full swing in the Crescent City. We catch up with founder Chris Trew. And,  Grupo Corpo, Brazil's premier contemporary dance company returns to New Orleans for its  40th Anniversary. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Photo Courtesy: Southern Rep Theatre

This week on Inside the Arts, Southern Rep Theater presents the regional premiere of Lisa D'Amour's Tony Award winning play, Airline Highway.

 Then, an acclaimed painter who calls New Orleans home answers the call of the wild.  Alex Beard takes us on A Brush With Nature. And, the legends of a quintessential 'ladies man' opens the season for the New Orleans Opera Association with Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Photo Credit: Alan Karchmer

This week on Inside the Arts, two celebrations of African American History. The long awaited Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened over the weekend  in Washington D. C.  We caught up with two New Orleanians who were among a select group invited for a sneak peek before the celebrated opening.