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, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center is celebrating an historic photo event. Friday marks the 21st Anniversary of Great Day in New Orleans. The photo shoot brought hundreds of African American artists from all disciplines to Congo Square back in 1998. Ashé co-founder Carol Bebelle will join us.

And, Tony Award-winning actress and singer Beth Leavel, known for her roles in The Prom and The Drowsy Chaperone opens the season for the Broadway @ NOOCA concert series. We catch up with Beth by phone.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with acclaimed photographer Sandro Miller.  His groundbreaking exhibit, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters opens Saturday at the Mac-Gryder Gallery, 615 Julia Street as part of the citywide Art for Arts’ Sake celebration.

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This week on Inside the Arts, Bizet's Carmen wields her independent spirit, opening the season for the New Orleans Opera Association. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano sings the title role. She joins us with stage director Keturah Stickann.

Then, artist, musician and architect Christopher Janney plays with sound, light, color and technology in unique ways to excite your senses. He has two projects underway in the Capitol City. We catch up with him by phone.

This week on Inside the Arts, members of the Manhattan Chamber Players are heading back to New Orleans for the 4th annual Crescent City Chamber Music Festival. They will be joined by the Lysander Trio and the Classical crossover duo Sonic Escape performing in a series of free public concerts. We catch up with New Orleans native, violist and festival founding artistic director Luke Fleming by phone.

This week on Inside the Arts, internationally renowned artist Lonnie Holley is among five contemporary sculptors whose work will be installed next week in the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by the Helis Foundation and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.  William Andrews is the executive director of the Ogden Museum. He joins us for a chat.

This week on Inside the Arts, internationally acclaimed tenor Brenden Gunnell is headed to New Orleans to perform Gilded, a new song cycle by rising star composer Tucker Fuller. The work was written specifically for Gunnell who will be accompanied by the Polymnia String Quartet in concert at the Marigny Opera House. Gilded, is inspired by both the wandering lieder of the Romantic era and today's free-market sensibility, with text by award-winning poet Megan Levad.

This week on Inside the Arts, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University opens a new season with two exhibits examining environmental pollution across America. Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier's Flint is Family explores the lead contamination water crisis in Flint, Michigan. And, closer to home, The American Dream Denied organized by Tulane's environmental studies students, examines the issues facing New Orleans residents of Gordon Plaza seeking relocation from homes built atop a toxic waste dump.

This week on Inside the Arts, What We Carry, a multi-disciplinary music suite incorporating dance and visual art makes its local debut, marking the 14th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall. Musician and composer Dr. Mark St. Cyr joins us with artist and writer Jennifer Dove Cooper.

And, award winning performance artist José Torres-Tama gears up for a national tour, taking the immigration issue head-on in his satirical sci-fi Latino noir solo- Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evil-doers. José stops by for a chat.

This week on Inside the Arts, an arts "happy hour" known as Culture Collision kicks off its 11th celebration in the Arts District. Spokeswoman and WWNO business manager Jametta Youngblood stops by for a chat.

Then, the NOLA Project Theatre Company announces its new season celebrating 15 years of bold, innovative productions. Artistic director A.J. Allegra joins us.

Photo Credit: Frank Stewart

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Thelonious Monk Competition winning drummer and vocalist Jamison Ross. WWNO's Fred Kasten talks with the rising jazz star who will perform at Snug Harbor on Saturday.

And, The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans continues its run of The Glass Menagerie at the Marigny Opera House. Co-artistic director Nick Shackleford joins us with actress Judy Lea Steele.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.