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: 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.

Coming up on Inside the Arts, Funny Bones Improv Theater helps children heal with the gift of laughter.

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

Photo Credit: Jason Kruppa

This week on Inside the Arts, a celebration of the life and work of acclaimed New Orleans artist and photographer George Dureau.  The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is hosting a panel discussion timed with the release of the Aperture Foundation's book George Dureau, The Photographs.  We talk with the Ogden Museum's Curator of the Collection, Bradley Sumrall.

Photo Credit: Kane Hibberd

This week on Inside the Arts, the NOLA Project presents the world premiere of local playwright Gabrielle Reisman's  Flood City. It is a work that chronicles the survivors of the 1889 Johnstown Flood.

 Then, a bluesman from the land down under heads to the Crescent City.  We talk with C. W. Stoneking about his new release, Gon' Boogaloo. And, we round out with a daylong conference celebrating Joan of Arc. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

This week on Inside the Arts, Broadway music, opera and orchestral masterworks will fill the air in response to unprecedented flooding in south Louisiana. The New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra join forces to present The Arts Care: A Benefit Concert for Flood Victims.

Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum

This week on Inside the Arts, a unique cocktail party kicks off the cultural arts season. Culture Collision 8 gets underway Wednesday night at the WWII Museum.

 Then, the New Orleans Ballet Association gives us a sneak peek at its new season. It's a powerhouse of high energy performances by world renowned dance companies. And,  we round out with a touring exhibit of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art making a debut at Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum. Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Inside The Arts: Joan Mitchell Foundation Helps Artists Post Floods, Cutting Edge Conference, Tipitina's Internship Auditions

This week on Inside the Arts, the New York based Joan Mitchell Foundation reaches out to artists affected by severe flooding in south Louisiana with its emergency granting program.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Contemporary Arts Center announces its new season. We talk with CAC director Neil Barclay and curator of visual arts, Andrea Andersson.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Broadway singer Liz Callaway.  The Tony nominee and Emmy winner returns to the Crescent City for two evenings of song at Le Petit Theatre.

Then, the story of a banned marriage and the legal battles of an interracial couple are the subject of an HBO documentary, The Loving Story, which screens this week at the Old U.S. Mint.And, we round out with a classical celebration as the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival makes its debut. 

Artist: Terry Marks, Sr.

This week on Inside the Arts, Satchmo Summerfest presented by Chevron celebrates the life, music and legacy of Louis Armstrong in a new location. It's moving to Jackson Square.

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