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Dave Cohen - Bio

Our webmaster asked me to write something for my bio page, and I struggled with what I should say about myself. 

My first thought was to write something like… Dave Cohen is a dedicated, award winning, veteran broadcaster and family man. Dave joined the WWL team in 1997. He is a proud father of four children and the husband of a wonderful, loving wife.
Then I wondered if that was what people clicking on my bio page really wanted to read. ‘What do they want to know about me?’ I wondered. I started thinking about who clicks on bio pages, and why they do that.
Bio pages on websites usually talk about how great someone is and almost read to me like an obituary. I am not ready to be dead, so didn’t really want that. I also don’t especially like to brag about myself. I love talking about my kids’ accomplishments, but not so much about my own. I prefer to let my actions speak for themselves.
Who am I? I’m a guy who loves his family, his work and his community. I enjoy going to work each day because I feel that I am doing important work at one of the best radio stations in America. I am honored to help inform and entertain people every day. I am humbled to get to play such an important role in the lives of so many thousands of listeners. 
As much as I love my work, I also love leaving the office each day because it means I am going home to my family. Like nearly every family, we have our challenges, but there is no feeling better than walking through the door and seeing the people I love the most on earth. We eat dinner together as a family almost every night. I cherish that time.
I guess I should also mention that I grew up in suburban Chicago, attended New Trier High School and then went to journalism school at the University of Missouri. After graduation I moved to Longview, Texas and worked there before taking a position in Alexandria, Louisiana. After moving to greater New Orleans, I immediately fell in love with this community. This place has so much personality! There are thousands of boring places you can live around this country; New Orleans is NOT one of them. You could never describe this community as dull. That makes it a fantastic place to live. It also means it’s an unbelievable place to work in the media. I think the passion for New Orleans comes across in my work. People often tell me they are surprised to find out I didn’t grow up here.
My bonds to this region were made even tighter by “the storm.” I stayed here through everything Katrina had to offer. I witnessed and reported to the world what happened here. I saw the worst nature and human nature could deliver. I also watched humans at their best. While there was death, destruction and repugnant behavior all around; there were also angels on earth selflessly giving of themselves to try and make things better and help their fellow humans (even those acting like animals). I could have easily left after Katrina, but refused to go anywhere. I wanted to be a part of and a witness to the revival of such a wonderful place. 
I hope if you came here looking to learn more about me, you got the info you wanted. If not, email me at dave@wwl.com and ask whatever questions you have.
 
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Nuns Killed

Man faces 2 capital murder charges in Mississippi nun deaths


A man suspected in the slayings of two Mississippi nuns who were found dead inside a residence within the community they served has been arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder, Mississippi authorities said.  Read more...
Falling Apart

Atlantic system unlikely to develop in the Gulf


A broad area of low pressure near Cuba is not expected to develop into anything.  National Hurricane Center Senior Hurricane Specialist Michael Brennan says it "continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms... Read more
Flood Pets

Louisiana's four-legged flood victims await reunions, homes


Two weeks ago, fast-rising floodwaters forced many south Louisiana homeowners to leave their beloved pets behind as they boarded rescue boats or waded through chest-deep water to reach dry ground. Now many four-legged victims of the historic flooding are getting... Read more
Sharper Appeal

Sharper files notice of appeal in federal rape case


NFL star Darren Sharper filed a federal court notice Friday that he now plans to appeal his conviction and nearly two-decade sentence in a drug and sexual assault case — a case in which he pleaded guilty. Sharper pleaded guilty or no-contest in four states where he... Read more
Cop Killed

Off duty officer dies after getting knocked off elevated expressway


An off duty NOPD officer died after flying off the elevated Westbank Expressway this morning.  He was hit by a car after his vehicle broke down near Ames Blvd. Witnesses say after the cop pulled over the left, he got out of his vehicle. One driver was reportedly slowing to stop, but... Read more
Dome Upgrades

Superdome about to put on a show with new attractions


The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be even more super this season, and it'll be noticeable to fans at tonight's game. The facility has undergone some theatrical technology upgrades. Most notably, massive new HD video boards. "They're roughly 330 feet wide by... Read more
Development?

Atlantic system's future unclear


Conditions are not looking favorable for the low pressure system in the Atlantic to develop in the near future. "Upper-level winds are not expected to be particularly conducive for development during the next day or so," Hurricane Specialist Robbie Berg explained from... Read more
Flood Cars

AAA: Beware the flood of flood cars


AAA is warning car buyers to beware of dishonest dealers trying to sell water-damaged cars, camouflaged as ordinary used cars. Thousands of cars have been damaged to varying degrees by the recent Louisiana flood waters. Unfortunately, many of them are likely to... Read more
Double Whammy?

Louisiana closely monitoring tropical weather


Today state emergency officials ramp up their tropical weather watch. The recent flooding in the Baton Rouge, Northshore, River Parish areas and the Lafayette area has created some special circumstances. Governor John Bel Edwards said while emergency planners were... Read more
Tropics

Disturbance may or may not get into the Gulf, despite Internet reports


A disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean still has not developed into a tropical depression or storm, but that isn't stopping people from speculating on social media and elsewhere.  One after another you can find posts with poor information and rampant speculation leading to... Read more
Next Storm?

Low pressure in the Atlantic could head toward the U.S.


The National Hurricane Center is watching an area that could develop into a tropical depression and move toward the United States from the Atlantic. "Satellite images, surface observations, and radar data indicate that a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave is... Read more
Jury Duty Scam

New Orleans-area residents warned about jury duty scam


The U.S. Marshals Service is warning New Orleans-area residents about scammers who are contacting locals with bogus claims of missed jury duty, demanding personal information and even payment to avoid legal trouble. Read more...
Housing Plan

Housing plan for flood victims coming today


We find out this afternoon where flood victims who suffered the most damage will live long term. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards "will hold a press conference updating the public on new housing assistance programs becoming available following the historic flooding." Read more...
Zika Coming?

Zika in Louisiana likely a matter of when, not if


The number of Zika cases in Florida is growing, and health experts say at any moment, a case could show up in another southern state, including Louisiana. Health experts say it really is just a matter of time, perhaps sooner than later. "I think we all should be... Read more
Flood Pets

Shelter animals rescued from Louisiana arrive in Virginia


Dozens of animals have arrived in Virginia from flood-ravaged Louisiana. The Virginian-Pilot reports that workers with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals arrived in Norfolk on Monday with nearly 60 animals that were rescued from the Baton Rouge area.  Read more...
What to Eat

What to Eat Tuesday... Must visit spots for visitors!


Readers of Travel and Leisure and their website recently voted New Orleans as the "Best City for Food in the United States."  So, on this What to Eat Tuesday, we asked listeners to the Early Edition of WWL First News with Dave Cohen to tell us which restaurants they tell... Read more
Pres. In BR

Presidential visit comes with controversy


President Barack Obama is making his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempts to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage to their homes, schools and businesses that his administration has made their recovery a priority.  Read more...
Help Needed

State calls for volunteers to remediate flooded homes


The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says volunteers are needed to help flooded homeowners get the muck out of their homes. Mike Steele with GOHSEP says until this difficult cleanup is done, people cannot start to rebuild.  Read more...
Obama Visit

President Obama visits Louisiana today


President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Louisiana today to see the devastation from the flood first hand. University of Louisiana political science professor Pearson Cross says from a political standpoint, it would have been better if the President had come sooner.  Read more...
Tough Recovery

Long, hard recovery slog begins in flood-ravaged Louisiana


Storm victims spill out of the waiting rooms, some clutching water-stained documents, others with the long stare of those stricken by disaster, each with a story of personal tragedy about the Louisiana flood's devastation to their homes and their lives. The line for the makeshift... Read more
Federal Aid

More people seek federal help with more ways to get help


The number of people seeking federal help keeps climbing. Officials say more than 106,000 individuals and households have registered with FEMA for assistance, and more than $55 million has been approved to help survivors with temporary rental assistance, essential... Read more
Open Practice

Fans can see the Saints in Metairie this week


Saints fans can see their team practice in Metairie this week.  The Black and Gold are wrapping up training camp at the team headquarters on Airline Drive. There is an afternoon session today and two morning sessions tomorrow and Wednesday. Read more...
Flood Food

Disaster food stamps available in 8 parishes


Disaster food stamps are available to flood victims in eight parishes. The eight parishes are East Feliciana, Iberia, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St Landry, Tangipahoa and Vermilion. Governor John Bel Edwards says eligible residents that have last names that... Read more
Best Food

New Orleans named the country's 'Best City for Food'


The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have voted New Orleans the 'Best City for Food in the United States', in their 2016 'World's Best' survey.  The magazine writes: "No place beats New Orleans for food." And, Kristian Sonnier, with the New Orleans Convention and... Read more
Hurt Saints

UPDATE: Breaux, Strief, Williams carted off field at Saints practice


Delvin Breaux was carted off the practice field in Houston after limping to the sideline. That punch to the gut was followed by offensive tackle Zach Streif and cornerback PJ Williams also taking a ride in the cart off the field. Read More...
More Flooding

Gov: Major disaster spreads across Louisiana, 1000 rescued


Flooding is spreading from Tangipahoa Parish to the west impacting areas of greater Baton Rouge and beyond. Officials are responding to a growing disaster across much of the state as the low pressure system that has brought all of this rain slowly moves to the west.  Read more...
20th Gold

Phelps makes more history with 20th gold medal


Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly for his 20th Olympic gold medal Tuesday night in Rio. The most decorated Olympian in history won by four tenths of a second. At the age of 31 he becomes the oldest swimmer to... Read more
Moore Retires

Lance Moore retires


Lance Moore is retiring from his career as an NFL receiver. "Veteran wide receiver Lance Moore has announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons in the NFL," the Falcons posted on their website. Moore signed with the Falcons last week.  He was considered... Read more
Blue Lives

'Blue Lives Matter' law takes effect today


The Louisiana “Blue Lives Matter” law goes into effect today. it makes crimes against cops and other first responders hate crimes. After the attacks on police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas, state representative Lance Harris says his bill is now more... Read more
Car in Canal

Deadly crash into canal


One person is dead after a vehicle went into a canal this morning in New Orleans East. "We are working a traffic fatality at Newcastle Street and Morrison Road," Officer Juan Barnes said in an email.  "(It) occurred around 5:51 a.m."  Police got the call just before... Read more
Cop Funerals

Final goodbyes set for slain Baton Rouge officers


Matthew Gerald served four years in the Marines and seven years in the Army, including three tours in Iraq, before he joined the Baton Rouge Police Department — an enthusiastic rookie at age 41. One of three law enforcement officers shot to death Sunday in an ambush by a... Read more
Cops Save Life

Cops rescue woman from submerged car


Slidell cops jumped in the water and rescued a woman from a submerged car. "Officers were dispatched to Heritage Park in reference to a vehicle that drove into the Bayou Bonfouca Boat Launch during a rain storm,... Read more
Stocks Rebound

US stocks rebound as anxiety over British vote eases


U.S. stock indexes were solidly higher in early trading Tuesday as investors welcomed encouraging data on the economy and housing. The rebound followed even bigger gains in Europe as global markets recovered from a two-day rout triggered by... Read more
Big Prize

Jackpot nearing $400 million


Nobody got all of the numbers right in the Megamillions drawing Friday night, so the jackpot grows to an estimated $390 million. The numbers drawn were  11, 14, 54, 57, 63 and Megaball 11.  It’s the biggest prize offered in the game since... Read more
Brexit

Britain votes to leave EU: Cameron to resign; markets rocked


Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the government Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.  Read more...
Money Fight

Legislators in disagreement over how much to raise taxes


The standstill continues at the State Capitol over whether lawmakers should pass tax increases that would raise 600 million dollars in revenue, which is what the governor is seeking. The Edwards Administration says without that money there will be cuts to... Read more
LSU Regional

Will LSU Inexperience be a factor at Baton Rouge regional?


Several LSU Tigers will experience postseason play for the first time on Friday when the Tigers take on Utah Valley in the NCAA Tournament. Antoine Duplantis, the Jordan twins, Chris Reid, Cole Freeman and Greg Deichmann have never played in a... Read more

LSU to face Florida for a trip to the SEC title game


LSU will face Florida in the SEC Baseball Tournament semifinals Saturday for a trip the championship.  The Gators advanced Friday night after beating Mississippi State 12 to 2.
The winner of the LSU - Florida game will face the winner of... Read more
Thanks Laura

Laura Buchtel stepping aside after a decade on WWL


We say good-bye today to a member of our team for the past ten years.  Meteorologist Laura Buchtel is leaving the WWL family. "This is by far the hardest personal choice and decision I have ever had to make," she explained. While we've been waking up to her forecasts for... Read more
Trump & GOP

Trump's questioning of the value of data worries Republicans


Donald Trump says he plans to win the White House largely on the strength of his personality, not by leaning heavily on complex voter data operations that have become a behind-the-scenes staple in modern presidential campaigns. Shortly after Trump explained his... Read more
Zika Threat

State health officials offer guidance to prevent Zika


State health officials are offering guidance on how people can prevent the transmission of Zika virus in Louisiana.  Dr. Frank Welch, with the department of health and hospitals, says the mosquito that carries Zika will be active in Louisiana this summer, but it won’t just be... Read more
Sex for Pleas

Sex for pleas case to end with D.A. pleading guilty


Four years after he abruptly quit, former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel heads to federal court today to plead guilty to corruption.  The charges stem from a sex scandal. The probe began with allegations that Morel was trading lenient plea deals for sexual... Read more
Smith Reaction

Will Smith's teammates react to his murder


Teammates of Will Smith say news of the former Saint's players violent death on the streets of New Orleans hit them hard. Former Saints linebacker Scott Shanle earned a Super Bowl ring with Smith. Shanle said he had to break the news to... Read more
Stones in Cuba

Rolling Stones deliver historic free concert in Cuba


Rock legends the Rolling Stones strutted and sang before hundreds of thousands of jubilant Cubans in Havana on Friday, delivering a historic concert in a country that once forced fans to listen to their favorite music behind closed doors.  "Hello Havana! Good evening to... Read more
Hotter Wife?

Cruz-Trump spat over wives takes nastier turn


Ted Cruz branded Donald Trump a "sniveling coward" Thursday as the feud between the Republican presidential contenders over their wives took a nastier turn. After an earlier and vague threat to "spill the beans" about Heidi Cruz, Trump stoked the spat on Twitter when... Read more
Suspect Arrest

Report: Belgian terror suspect arrested


Belgian authorities have reportedly arrested a man pictured at the Brussels airport with two apparent suicide bombers, amid growing suggestions that the bombings of the Brussels airport and subway were the work of the same Islamic State cell that attacked Paris last year.  Read more...
Hokie's Fight

Hokie fights on despite his leg "cracking...like you broke a tree branch"


Hokie Gajan is in the hospital. The Saints color analyst for WWL Radio says treatment for his cancer led to a weak spot on his leg, and the bone snapped. “Well, it’s a broken leg.  I really don’t have anything more to tell. I would like to have a dramatic story... Read more
Serial Killer

Coroner's Office says serial killer died of heart disease


Officials say serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, who was suspected of killing seven women, died of heart disease. Chaillie Daniel, a representative for West Feliciana Parish Coroner, on Tuesday released Lee's cause of death.  Read more...
Sales Tax Hike

Louisiana Senate approves sales tax hike


The Louisiana Senate has approved a bill that would increase the state's four-cent sales tax by another penny. It would go into effect on April first and generate cash quickly, as the state is trying to close a 940-million dollar budget deficit. The House has also agreed to... Read more
Liar?

GOP distributes ad claiming Edwards broke campaign promises


The Republican Party is raising money to promote an ad that shows Governor John Bel Edwards saying on several occasions he would not raise taxes. The comments were taken when Edwards was... Read more
Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest: Simon, Wonder, Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, Chili Peppers and many more


Jazz Fest organizers have released the lineup for the 2016 festival at the Fairground in New Orleans. The headliners include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Dr. John, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas and... Read more
New Tax?

New public safety tax proposal for New Orleans


New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is joining other officials and the police and fire unions to ask voters to approve a new property tax. The proposed Public Safety Millage is set to be on the April 9th ballot. Read more...
Trump-Clinton

Trump, Clinton have big leads in new poll


Thirty-five percent of Republican primary voters support Trump, up 13 points since October, and his highest level of support in CBS News polling. Ted Cruz (16 percent) has moved into second place, while Ben Carson, who led the October poll, has dropped to third.  Read more...
Hokie & Deuce

Hokie preparing for chemo, Deuce honored to help out


Hokie Gajan is scheduled to begin chemotherapy in the coming days as he battles cancer.  Another star Saints running back has his back during game broadcasts. The New Orleans Saints and WWL Radio are proud to announce that Deuce McAllister will step in for Hokie.  Read more...
Miles Out?

Worsham: The end is near for Les Miles at LSU


Les Miles’ days at LSU are numbered. Miles, second all-time at the school in wins and first in winning percentage, has a contract that runs through 2019, but he's unlikely to make it past 2016 – if he even makes it there at all.  Read more...
Saturday Rain?

Halloween weekend forecast


Rain may or may not interfere with Halloween plans. With many communities recommending trick-or-treating tonight, it is clearly the better bet weatherwise. "Today is looking wonderful," said WWL TV Meteorologist Laura Buchtel.  "Dry skies and quiet weather."  Read more...
Meter Rates

Is increasing parking meter fees a good way to generate city money?


Rates will double at the beginning of next year, and parking meter times will be extened. Is this a good way to generate more money for the city? New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's 2016 budget increases the hourly prices on parking meters from $1.50 to 3 dollars in the... Read more
Less Rain

Most rain moving out


The bulk of the rain that covered Southeast Louisiana Sunday has moved to the east and north, but is not completely gone. "While the severe threat is ending for the area... showers will continue through the morning hours... Read more

Rain moving into Louisiana over the next few days


Louisiana will get some much needed rain over the next few days. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the majority of the state has been in extreme drought and this rain event will likely to change all of that. He says we’ll be in an incredibly wet pattern until... Read more
 
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