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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This week on Inside the Arts, an exhibit of rare works by French modernist Françoise Gilot opens at Mac|Gryder Gallery in the Arts District.

And, we'll revisit a great set from this year's 50th Anniversary Jazz Fest.  WWNO's Fred Kasten profiles Grammy-winning vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

Photo Credit: Michael Alford

This week on Inside the Arts, the Arts District New Orleans gears up for a festive Silver Anniversary as Hancock Whitney White Linen Night turns 25!

Then, the musical, Matilda, rounds out the season for Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane.  And, Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron kicks off its salute to Louis Armstrong in the French Quarter.  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, Big Easy Entertainment Award-winning singer and performer Dorian Rush stops by for a chat. She's gearing up for her new cabaret show called 100 Years of Women in Blues.

And, the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane rounds out its 26th season with one of the Bard's most popular works, Hamlet. Actors Patrick Bowen and Casey Groves will join us.

 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, Southern Rep Theatre continues its City Series of plays. The summer offerings feature the regional premiere of playwright Nairoby Otero's one woman play, 'Til Sunday, which tackles immigration issues. That's followed by the world premiere of A Conjuring & Telling of Black Girl Magic, curated and directed by Constance Thompson. It celebrates the bonds of sisterhood. Nairoby Otero and Constance Thompson stop by for a chat.

Clyde Carlson kayaks down a flooded street after New Orleans' drainange system was overwhelmed by torrential rain Wednesday.
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New Orleans got walloped by an intense rainstorm Wednesday that overwhelmed the city drainage system, quickly flooding streets in areas that normally don't get swamped. Now the city is bracing for Tropical Storm Barry, which brings a risk of major flooding. WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with New Orleans sewerage and water board executive director Ghassan Korban about whether the city is ready for the approaching storm. 

Photo Credit: Michael Palumbo

This week on Inside the Arts, love blossoms between pen pals as Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane continues its season with the award- winning musical, She Loves Me. Artistic director Michael McKelvey joins us with cast members Richard Arnold and Dody Piper.

This week on Inside the Arts, the party with a purpose, ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola, kicks off its 25th Anniversary with a visit from former First Lady Michelle Obama. We catch up with entertainment editor Cori Murray for a sneak peek.

Then, four winners of the 1st New Orleans Music Showcase are headed to ESSENCE Festival music stages. Singer, CASME is one of those winners.  She joins us with showcase producer/creator Glenda McKinley.

This week on Inside the Arts, Bodies of Knowledge, an international contemporary art exhibition opens at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The immersive presentation incorporates original dance, film, music and gallery talks in an exploration of the role language plays in recording global cultural identities. We talk with co-curator Katie Pfohl and internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and actor Edward Spots.

This week on Inside the Arts, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane celebrates its 52nd Season with the Tony Award winning Broadway musical 42nd Street. Director/choreographer Diane Lala joins us with actress Abigail Isom.

Then, the 4th annual Architecture and Design Film Festival gets underway at the Contemporary Arts Center. It is presented by the Louisiana Architecture Foundation. Executive director, Stacey Pfingsten stops by for a chat.

This week on Inside the Arts, an intimate musical experience as the award-winning Lyrica Baroque chamber ensemble presents Opera Fusion, featuring Ravel's Piano Trio. Vocalists Paul Groves and Sarah Jane McMahon join the ensemble merging chamber music and arias from dramatic operas in a bold musical adventure. Cellist Daniel Lelchuk joins us for a chat.