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.

Ways to Connect

This week on Inside the Arts, Southern Rep Theatre continues its run of All the Way.  The Tony Award winning drama by Robert Schenkkan takes us back to the 1960's and the struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act. Actors Dominique McClellan and Jason Kirkpatrick stop by for a chat.

Adam Sambola, artist

The 4th Annual Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off this weekend on the Northshore.  We talk with festival spokeswoman Robin Marquez.

This week on Inside the Arts, the 4th Annual New Orleans International Guitar Festival gets underway. Guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk headlines the event. We talk with festival director and guitarist Javier Olondo.

Then, Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints and Sin continues it run at M.S. Rau Antiques. The exhibition, in honor of the city's tricentennial, explores the universal struggle between virtue and vice, with a nod to New Orleans' Catholic heritage. WWNO's Eileen Fleming takes us on a tour.

This week on Inside the Arts, we celebrate the city's 300th Anniversary with a Tricentennial Rag. Jazz clarinetist and composer Dr. Michael White is back with a new CD.

Jared Ragland

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with acclaimed fine art photographer and former White House photo editor Jared Ragland.  His photo exhibit, Everything is Going to Be All Right, a meditation on writer Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, opens at The Front Gallery in the St. Claude Arts District.

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This week on Inside the Arts, we climb aboard the miniature train in City Park for a Musical History Tour.

This week on Inside the Arts, JazzFest weekend 2 gets underway. We talk with decorative painting and restoration artist Diane Killeen. She will be in the Louisiana Folklife Village demonstrating her craft.

Photo Credit: Michael Alford

This week on Inside the Arts, an enriching connection with our neighbors to the South grows stronger as New Orleans is now home to the 5th Mexican Cultural Institute in the country. 

Crista Rock

This week on Inside the Arts, a look at St. Kampos. The giant skeletal seahorse becomes the newest addition to the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by the Helis Foundation. The newly commissioned work by emerging artist Ashley Pridmore celebrates International Sculpture Day. Ashley Pridmore stops by for a chat.

Photo by Zack Smith Photography, Courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

This week on Inside the Arts, the largest free showcase of Louisiana music in the world is celebrating a birthday. French Quarter Festival, presented by Chevron is 35! CEO Emily Madero stops by.