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 courtesy of Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans

This week on Inside the Arts, India Fest is back.  We’ll get a sneak peek at the 2020 festivities featuring Indian arts, culture and cuisine at the New Orleans Museum of Art.  Event note: India Fest rescheduled for Saturday, June 6.  In the interest of public safety due to concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19), NOMA has rescheduled India Fest to Saturday, June 6. 

Photo Credit: Edda Pacifico

This week on Inside the Arts, the Louis Moreau Institute's 2020 Festival premieres Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' monodrama, Eight Songs for a Mad King and other works by contemporary masters and emerging composers.  Artistic director Morris Rosenzweig and bass baritone Jonathan Z. Harris join us for a chat.

And, Le Petit Theatre continues its season with August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Piano Lesson.  Veteran actors Lance Nichols and Zeb Hollins III are here.

Photo Credit: Kate Elkins

This week on Inside the Arts, Carnival revelry kicks into high gear as Mardi Gras is here! 

 We’ll explore adventures along the parade route. Food writer Ian McNulty looks at a new variety of king cakes.  Reporter Betsy Shepherd has an eye on Fat Tuesday’s environmental impact.  And, WYES TV host Peggy Scott Laborde joins us with a preview of the LIVE broadcast of the Rex Ball and the Meeting of the Courts of Rex and Comus.  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, the 23rd New Orleans French Film Festival gets underway right after Mardi Gras.  It’s one of the longest-running foreign language festivals in the country.  We talk with the festival’s artistic director emeritus John Desplas.

And, the Contemporary Arts Center continues its run of a series of exhibits highlighting women artists, headlined by internationally acclaimed Brooklyn painter Mickalene Thomas.  We caught up with Thomas who will join us in our studio.

This week on Inside the Arts, Big Freedia puts bounce in New Orleans Airlift's 4th Annual Mardi Gras Ball, ushering in the Spring performance season in the Music Box Village.  Co-founders Jay Pennington and Delaney Martin will join us in our studio with details on upcoming events.

And, a Valentine's treat from Nell Nolan and Dennis Woltering.  The actress and society columnist will join the veteran newsman for a stage performance of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters.  Dennis Woltering joins us for a chat.

This week on Inside the Arts, mezzo-soprano Hilary Ginther is The Maid of Orléans in Tchaikovsky's Joan of Arc. This production by the New Orleans Opera Association marks the American premiere of the English translation of this work. Hilary Ginther joins us with Maestro Robert Lyall.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet continues its 6th season with legendary dancer/choreographer, Paul Taylor's 1962 masterpiece, Aureole. Plus, a world premiere by Gretchen Erickson: Dialogues in G Major. Artistic director Dave Hurlbert joins us for a chat.

Photo Courtesy: North American Tour of MISS SAIGON

This week on Inside the Arts, the Hancock-Whitney Broadway in New Orleans series continues its season as the legendary musical, MISS SAIGON, opens at the Saenger.  The new national tour of Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Boublil and Schönberg's epic love story, is set during the Vietnam War, and features Emily Bautista starring in the role of "Kim".  We catch up with her by phone.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Tony nominated Broadway musical, Something Rotten, opens at Le Petit Theatre. This original musical comedy, with a tip of the hat to the Bard, stars Matthew Michael Janisse and Richard Spitaletta. They join us with director Michael McKelvey.

Then, a creative re-imagining of abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, continues the NOLA Project's season with the regional premiere of Sigrid Gilmer's Harry and the Thief. It's part science fiction, historical drama and comedic farce. Director Khiry Armstead joins us with actress Samantha Beaulieu.

This week on Inside the Arts, Mark Cortale's Broadway at NOCCA series kicks off the New Year with Liz Callaway. The Broadway superstar and Tony nominee will perform with special guest Bryan Batt. Liz Callaway joins us by phone.

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