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 internationally acclaimed Miro Quartet is gearing up for an evening of masterworks in a performance that returns former New Orleans Symphony/LPO principal clarinetist Steven Cohen to town. 

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This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Ballet Association journeys back in time with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in a special 40th Anniversary program. We catch up with artistic director Glenn Edgerton.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Ravi Shankar Quartet makes a stop in New Orleans.  The concert, hosted by the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans is billed as a journey into the realm of Shankar's music by his senior disciples.  

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This week on Inside the Arts, the 32nd Annual Tennessee Williams-New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off with a variety of activities around town. We check out a few theater offerings.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Tayari Jones. The N.Y. Times best-selling author’s latest novel, An American Marriage, is an Oprah Book Club pick.  

This week on Inside the Arts, Second Star New Orleans gears up for Two for Tennessee: The Tricentennial Edition. The performance collective premieres two original one-act plays inspired by the life and legacy of Tennessee Williams.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with acclaimed jazz trumpeter, composer and poet, Hannibal Lokumbe. His latest work, Crucifixion- Resurrection: Nine Souls Traveling, remembers those killed in the basement of Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  It premieres this weekend in New Orleans.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Carol Rausch. The New Orleans Opera chorus master and Loyola Opera Theatre director is being honored with GAMBIT's Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Birdfoot Festival presents Sakura.  The Los Angeles based cello quintet performs two concerts in New Orleans. We talk with Sakura co-founder and cellist Michael Kaufman and Birdfoot’s artistic director Jenna Sherry.

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This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with multi-Grammy winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard.  He'll talk about his opera, Champion: An Opera in Jazz. It is about the life of famed prizefighter Emile Griffith.