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, 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.

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