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

Dancing Grounds annual Dance for Social Change Festival kicks off this week, virtually via ZOOM. It will focus on issues of gentrification and COVID-19 in New Orleans, featuring a panel discussion with local leaders, dance classes and a film premiere of an original performance piece by its teen dancers. We talk with Dancing Grounds youth programs manager, Randall Rosenberg.

The festival runs May 25th thru 29th. All events are free, but you must pre-register at dancingrounds.org for a link to the activities. 

Le Petit Theatre  presents, “Sorry, Wrong Number”. The 1940’s classic noir radio play, about a woman who overhears a murder plot, will debut on Facebook, Friday May 22nd at 7:30 pm. There is also a link to the event at lepetittheatre.com.  We talk with director Max Williams and actors Leslie Castay and Tracey Collins by phone.   


CANO, Creative Alliance of New Orleans, explores art and artists virtually with its Artists in View project.  Executive director, Jeanne Nathan joins us by phone.  

More info on the Artists in View project can be found online at cano-la.org 

New research from the British Academy of Sound Therapy proves music heals and it doesn't take long to experience  therapeutic effects.  The study caught the eye of Dr. Penny Roberts, a professor of music therapy at Loyola University. We catch up with her by phone.


Conversation with Jessie Haynes, managing director of The Helis Foundation.

You can find more info online at thehelisfoundation.org