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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The character of America’s first black Renaissance man comes to light in the New Orleans debut of The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Robeson.  It’s a one man show, written and performed by Los Angeles actor and playwright Stogie Kenyatta. It opens this weekend at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center.  Stogie Kenyatta joins us by phone from L.A.

Performances run Saturday, January 23rd at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 24th at 2:00 pm at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive.  More info is online at jpas.org.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is imagining a world without racism as it honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We talk with museum educator Mikhayla Harrell. 

More info is online at ogdenmuseum.org.

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World renowned opera stars, native son Bryan Hymel and his wife Irini Kyriakidou kick off the New Year with their favorite arias and duets in a virtual concert presented by the New Orleans Opera. We talk with New Orleans Opera general director Clare Burovac.

The concert takes place on January 15th at 7:30pm. More info is online at neworleansopera.org.

The NOLA Project makes a bold move as it brings a new series of plays to audiences using digital technology.  The digital series is called PodPlays.  We talk with NOLA Project artistic director A. J. Allegra by phone. 

Ticket info is online at www.nolaproject.com/podplays.

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The lovable cast of characters from the fictional New Orleans bar, Benny’s Tavern, are back sharing virtual holiday cheer and music. Southern Rep Theatre continues its run of Mandatory Merriment: This Time It’s Virtual, through December 26th.  We talk with co-creator and director Leslie Castay.

Ticket info is online at www.southernrep.com.