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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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Your ATM card info and pin may have been stolen


State Police are assisting in an investigation looking into an ATM scheme where customer's debit card numbers and pins may have been compromised along the I-10 corridor. Whitney Bank issued a statement acknowledging they found devices called "skimmers" on ATM machines.  Read more...
Manning Future?

Manning still considering his future with Broncos


Peyton Manning is still mulling his future in the NFL. At a breakfast Friday to receive the Bart Starr Award, the five-time MVP said he still hasn't made a decision about whether he'll return to the Denver Broncos next season.  Read more...
Super Coaches

Belichick, Carroll coach Super Bowl from different angles


Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN - minus the information. Pete Carroll is more like a Lifetime movie. Or, as defensive lineman Michael Bennett puts it, "He has that Benjamin Button effect on everyone."  Read more...
Big Jackpot

$298 million Powerball


The Louisiana Lottery says we've now hit the biggest Powerball jackpot of 2015 with tomorrow's drawing worth a whopping $298 million dollars. Spokeswoman Kimberly Chopin says the current jackpot has been running since the end of November.  Read more...

Child obesity reduction plan


LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center has launched a new initiative aimed at helping reduce obesity in children. The center on Thursday launched its new Childhood Obesity Treatment Toolkit... Read more
New Attractions

Major changes coming to Woldenberg Park and the zoo


Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO, Ron Forman, says there'll be plenty of new attractions to see in New Orleans in the coming months. "The great thing for 2015 is that almost every month, something new will be opening at the zoo."  Read more...
Super Bowl

Super Bowl preview


It's been a decade since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick guided the New England Patriots to back-to-back Super Bowl victories. Now, the NFL's winningest quarterback-coach tandem tries to prevent the Seattle Seahawks from becoming the next team to accomplish that feat. Read more...
Troopers in NO

Troopers to help NOPD with more events


Louisiana State Police Commander Mike Edmonson has announced that 150 additional troopers will be deployed to New Orleans for this year's Mardi Gras season. Edmonson says the entire contingent of troopers will be working in the city through Fat Tuesday, and some will come back... Read more
Benson Speaks

Tom Benson speaks briefly in response to lawsuit


The owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans spoke publicly for the first time since news broke of the family feud over the future of his fortune.  Tom Benson was seen for a brief interview on the big screen in the Smoothie King Center at last night's Pelicans game.  Read more...
Growing Jackpot

Powerball jackpot nears $300 million


The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says nobody won the multistate Powerball drawing on Wednesday night. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $261 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $289 million.  Read more...
Vaccinate?

Louisiana at risk with measles on the move


More than 100 people in eight states are now sick with the measles, in an outbreak that can be traced directly back to Disneyland. And, Louisiana is one of 17 states considered most at risk if the virus is not contained.  Read more...
NCIS Royalty

NCIS: New Orleans cast to ride in Orpheus parade


The cast of NCIS: New Orleans will ride as monarchs in the Krewe of Orpheus parade, which rolls on Lundi Gras, the day before Fat Tuesday. Stars Lucas Black, Rob Kerkovich, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder will join the television show's creato... Read more
Prep Playoffs

Split high school playoffs are up for discussion


The Louisiana High School Athletic Association's annual convention begins today and the main agenda item is the current split of the football playoffs. There is a proposal to expand the postseason split of public and private schools to other sports.  Read more...
Deflated

Super Bowl bad guys don't take long to circle the wagons


Those bad guys from New England finally made it out West, and it didn't take long for them to begin circling the wagons. An angry Robert Kraft led the way on a rainy Monday night in the desert, reading from a defiant speech crafted at 35,000 feet on the way out. Read more...
Blizzard

Storm unleashes blizzard conditions on parts of Northeast


A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow.  Read more...
Blizzard

Nor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow


Northeast residents are girding for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow. The National Weather Service said the nor'easter would bring heavy snow... Read more
Tours Only

Walk-ins no longer accepted at New Orleans Cemetery


Though people have been dying to get in, walk-ins will no longer be accepted at New Orleans' St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 beginning in March. "There have been several incidences of vandalism, and even tombs being broken into... Read more
Crawfish Time?

Louisiana's favorite crustaceans arriving for Christmas


Mudbugs are beginning to pop up in Louisiana. We're beginning to see crawfish advertised at metro area restaurants and grocery stores. "For a lot of producers, crawfish season has begun," says Dr. Greg Lutz, Crawfish Researcher at the LSU Ag Center.  Read more...
Random Cuttings

Woman cuts random victims in the French Quarter


New Orleans Police say a woman with some sort of blade stabbed or cut two people in the French Quarter in what appears to be unprovoked attacks.  "The NOPD is asking for the public's assistance in locating an unknown female... Read more
Freezing Again

Another freeze warning through Saturday morning


"Another unseasonably cold night is expected tonight as cold high pressure settles over the area," the National Weather Service said in a Freeze Warning for most of Southeast Louisiana Friday into Saturday.  Read more...
Peterson Plea

Peterson enters plea bargain in child abuse case


Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson entered a "no contest" plea to misdemeanor charges in his child abuse case today.  The judge accepted the plea that was part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.  Read more...

Causeway crash kills worker, closes bridge


A fiery crash over Lake Pontchartrain killed one person and shut down the southbound Causeway Bridge Monday afternoon. Officials say one vehicle had to be pulled from the water. A body was recovered in the lake.  Read more...
Frost Sunday?

Cold air pushing in, bringing frost to Louisiana


It looks like the coldest weather, so far, this fall will hit Louisiana this weekend.  CS Ross, with the National Weather Service, says a cold front is moving through the Bayou State today. "Ushering in a much cooler air mass for this weekend.  Read more...
Orpheus

Dierks Bentley headlines Orpheus


The Krewe of Orpheus says country music star Dierks Bentley will ride in the krewe's parade in Lundi Gras night and headline the 2015 Orpheuscapade. "With over five million albums sold, 11 GRAMMY nominations, membership in the Grand Ole Opry... Read more
Ebola Concern

LSU worker to stay off campus after trip to Africa


Louisiana State University says an employee who trained Liberian police officers to use protective clothing has been asked to stay off campus for three weeks — the period during which Ebola virus symptoms could show up.  Read more...
Teacher Sex

Police release report on teacher sex case


Police have released the arrest report in the case of two Destrehan teachers who allegedly had group sex with a teenager in Kenner. The report shows that the teachers allegedly, "had consensual sexual intercourse with a 16 year old juvenile."  Read more...
Bodies ID'd

Family IDs bodies of woman, child found by highway


Family members say the bodies of a woman and a young child that were found in the grass along Interstate 10 in New Orleans have been identified and are the pair who had been reported missing since Saturday.  Read more...
Bodies Found

Dead child and woman found along I-10


New Orleans Police are investigating after the discovery of the bodies of a child and a woman along Interstate 10. Officer Hilal Williams says they bodies were at I-10 W along the Old Gentilly on ramp.  Read more...
EJ Shooting

Shooting near East Jefferson High School campus


One person was shot near the East Jefferson High School campus as a football game was wrapping up Friday night. An email from the sheriff's office says, "male victim, non life threatening injuries."  Read more...

Shots fired during chase on the Causeway


Police say they chased an armed robbery suspect on the Causeway late Saturday night. Witnesses report hearing shots fired. Cops closed the bridge in both directions.  Read more...
Capt. Killed

Tug pilot killed after crane hits bridge


A man died early this morning when a crane fell on the wheelhouse of his tugboat. It happened on the Industrial Canal. The captain of the tugboat was killed after the crane he was pushing slammed into the Florida Avenue Bridge and then collapsed onto the tug.  Read more...
Secret Shooting?

Cop shoots man, NOPD keeps it quiet


New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas today apologized for his department failing to disclose that one of his officers shot a man in the head earlier this week. It came after the injured man's lawyer notified the media about the incident.  Read more...
Lt. Gov?

John Young running for Louisiana Lt. Governor


Jefferson Parish President John Young today announced he wants to be Louisiana's next lieutenant governor. "I have a proud record of standing up for Louisiana, and I am running for Lieutenant Governor... Read more
300lbs of Pot

Big drug bust on I-12


Louisiana State Police say they found a huge haul of pot in the back of a car on I-12. "Colonel Mike Edmonson is pleased to announce the discovery of approximately 300 lbs. of suspected marijuana during a proactive interstate traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish... Read more
Men in Dresses

Red Dresses for Everyone!


Thousands of women and thousands of men put on red dresses for the annual Red Dress Run in New Orleans' French Quarter.  Check out the pics of the after party on Bourbon Street...  See the photos
Looking For...

Police looking for 2 more people in probe of Bourbon shooting


New Orleans Police are looking for two additional people in the probe of the shooting on Bourbon Street that left one bystander dead and nine wounded. "We have infrared still shots of two individuals who may have critical information related to the Bourbon Street shooting... Read more
3rd of July

Uncle Sam Jam, one of many early July 4th festivities


Jefferson Parish gets a head start on 4th of July with tonight's Uncle Sam Jam in Lafreniere Park. It's a free event featuring great music and a big fireworks show. Jefferson Parish Councilman Ben Zahn says the live music starts at 5:30...  Read more
Victim Info

Police release info on Bourbon Street victims


New Orleans Police say six of the people shot on Bourbon Street are from out of state, while four are locals. Here is the list NOPD provided with the victims' ages, conditions and where they are from:  Read more...
NOPD video

NOPD releases video of 'person of interest' in Bourbon Street Shooting


The NOPD has released a surveillance tape of a person of interest in the Sunday morning shooting on Bourbon Street.  Watch

 
9 Shot

Cops: 9 people shot on Bourbon Street


New Orleans Police say there are a total of nine victims shot on Bourbon Street early this morning. "Nine victims, six are in stable condition, two are in critical condition," said NOPD Officer Frank Robertson. ... Read more
Handover Video

VIDEO: Handover of US soldier


The Taliban on Wednesday released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. Read more...
SEC Champs

LSU wins the SEC Baseball Championship


The LSU baseball team found itself in a defensive struggle with the Florida Gators for the SEC title. The game was scoreless through 7 and a third innings. LSU finally got on the board with a 2 run homer by Tiger designated hitter Sean McMullen. Read more...
Super Bowls?

New Orleans to be ''smarter'' competing for Super Bowls


New Orleans may be more selective in bidding on future Super Bowls. "We have to be smarter in how we compete for future Super Bowls," Chairman of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District Ron Foreman told WWL First News.  Read more...
Newborn Killed

Father charged with killing baby that wouldn't stop crying


Northshore cops have charged a dad from Livingston Parish with the killing of his infant daughter.  It happened in the town of Walker.The newborn was taken off life support this week after initially being hospitalized April 19th.  Read more...
Brandin Cooks
Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks makes a catch as he runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Saints trade up to get receiver


The New Orleans Saints traded up to the #20 spot in the NFL draft.  The Black and Gold swapped picks with Arizona and game the Cardinals their 3rd round pick to make the jump.  Read more...
Racism

''Racist images'' found in Plaquemines Parish


Cops in Plaquemines Parish and the FBI are investigating what police call "racist images." "The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified about a rope with a noose-like knot hanging from a willow tree on the Mississippi River batture... Read more
Donate

A day of giving - GiveNolaDay


Today is the first community wide day of giving in the Greater New Orleans Area. It's GiveNolaDay, the community's first one day, online giving event to inspire people to give to their favorite nonprofit organizations who make our region stronger.  Read more...
Plane Problem

LSU plane problem causes ''a little scary'' situation for baseball team


The LSU Baseball team had some tense moments Thursday night after a mechanical problem with the plane the team was taking to Texas. "A little scary," Mainieri said in a text message to the student newspaper the Reveille. Read more...
Suspended

FSU's Winston suspended from baseball team after shoplifting charge


Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, a two-sport star at Florida State, was suspended from the baseball team Wednesday after receiving a citation for taking food from a supermarket without paying for it.  Read more...
Skin Cancer

Sun warnings apparently falling on deaf ears


Decades of efforts to get people to protect themselves from skin cancer-causing sun and tanning beds appear to be failing. Despite the warnings, people do not seem to be listening when it comes to overdoing it in the sun. Read more...
Body in Vent

Sheriff: Would-be burglar found dead in oven vent


Authorities say a business owner arrived at work to find the legs of dead man dangling from an oven vent in the building's kitchen. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says the discovery was made Saturday morning by the owner of Greg's Food Mart in Marrero.  Read more...
Kidnapped Child

Abita Springs child kidnapped, locked in bathroom


Nortshore cops say a man kidnapped a six-year-old boy in Abita Springs. Detectives say the mom called after the child disappeared from the yard. "Shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, the mother of a 6-year-old Abita Springs boy called 911 to report her son was missing... Read more
Unlawful?

Expert: JPSO appears to violate suspect's Constitutional rights


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is defending a deputy's action seen in a video posted to social media.  In the video a man being arrested begs to know why he is going to jail and pleads with the deputy not to shoot him.  A law professor says it appears his rights were violated.  Read more and see the video...
Married Heart

LSU cardiologist agrees: Marriage is good for your heart


Here's one more reason to tie the knot. Apparently, marriage is good for the heart. A study just released by New York University's Langone Medical Center found married people have fewer heart problems than those who are single, widowed or divorced.  Read more...
St. Pat's

St. Patrick's Fun


Partying for St. Patrick's Day in Metairie.  Check out the pictures of people at the parade...
Work Sick?

Sick workers not a workplace threat?


A local health official is taking issue with a recent report that says way too many Americans go to work sick. According to that report, more than one in four American workers recently surveyed said they show up to work while ill, even though they could sicken their colleagues.  Read more...
Escapee

Cops: Nortshore escapee kidnaps woman, eludes cops


Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the sheriff’s office is currently searching for 35 year old (w/m) Christopher Ricker.  Ricker allegedly escaped from the St. Tammany Work Release Program early this morning.  Read more...
Sproles Traded

Saints trade Sproles to Eagles


The Saints have traded running back Darren Sproles to the Eagles. WWL Saints Sideline reporter Kristian Garic says a league source confirms that a deal has been worked out.
Sproles played the past three season with the Saints.  Read more...
Poles Greased

VIDEO: The poles get greased


Scantily clad dancers grabbed handfuls of Vaseline today and spread it on balcony supports in the French Quarter.  New Orleans native Bryan Batt from "Mad Men," "12 Years a Slave" and much more was the master of ceremonies for the fun at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.  Read more and see video...
Body Found

Missing woman's body found on Northshore


Nortshore cops have found the body of a missing Alabama woman. Officials says the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office discovered the dead woman during a foot search for her near Madisonville.  Read more...
Big Cuts?

Louisiana lawmaker opposes proposed Pentagon cuts


The Pentagon has released a proposal that would reduce forces in the United States Army to numbers not seen since before the buildup during World War II. US Representative John Fleming of Minden, Louisiana strongly opposes a shrinking of the nation's military. Read more...

Parading in the Rain


Rolling in the rain!  Crowds braved the downpours to see the Sunday parades in New Orleans.  Here are some pictures of the wet fun...
Insane

Father found not guilty by reason of insanity after decapitating son


The man from Thibodaux who was charged with the murder and decapitation of his 7-year-old son in 2011 has been found not guilty by reason of  insanity.   Read more...
FQ Fest

Dr. John headlines French Quarter Festival 2014


The list of performer is out for the 31st Annual French Quarter Festival. Organizers say it will feature Dr. John's first performance the Festival in 24 years. "Dr. John embodies the best of New Orleans' rich musical heritage, and in 2014, he returns to French Quarter Festival... Read more
New Name?

Smoothie King Arena?


The New Orleans Arena could soon have a new name. The Pelicans have reportedly called a news conference for Thursday to announce a naming rights sponsor for the arena.  Read more...
Electric chair?

Jindal: Louisiana looking at other options to carry out executions


With Louisiana having a difficult time finding drugs to perform a lethal injection against a convicted child killer, Governor Bobby Jindal confirms the state is examining other alternatives. Jindal says expect to see legislation in the upcoming session, addressing this issue. Read More
Celebrations

4th of July Events


From the City to the suburbs, Southshore to Northshore, Eastbank to Westbank; there are celebrations for Independence day planned.  Starting JUne 29th and running through the 4th of July, there are all kinds of events.  Click here to read a list of the celebrations...
 
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