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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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Official news release: Miles Relieved of Coaching Duties; Orgeron Interim


LSU released the following confirmation Sunday evening that Football Coach Les Miles was fired: Les Miles has been relieved of his duties as LSU’s head football coach and will be replaced by Ed Orgeron as interim head coach for the... Read more
LSU Wins, Loses

LSU suffers a crushing defeat as instant replay overturns game-winning TD


What appeared to be a last-second victory for the LSU Tigers, turned out to be a crushing 18-13 defeat to Auburn. Read More
Cold Front

Cooler air pushing into New Orleans area


A cold front is finally making an impact on the Southeast Louisiana weather, especially on the Northshore. "The drier and less humid air has arrived! "  WWL-TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum said.  "It will stick around through the weekend too as... Read more
Most Murder

FBI: Louisiana leads US in murder rate


Louisiana leads the nation in another of the wrong categories. The latest Uniform Crime Report from the FBI finds Louisiana last year had the highest murder rate of any state in the nation: a little more ten people out of every hundred thousand in Louisiana were murdered in 2015. Read more...
Higher Tolls?

St. Tammany Republicans reject plan for Causeway improvements


Some Northshore Republicans want to see the effort to raise the tolls on the Causeway derailed.  One group has voted to urge officials to reject the funding for safety improvements.
The St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee voted to ask the Parish Council... Read more
TS Matthew

Tropical Storm Matthew forms


Tropical Storm Matthew has formed in the Atlantic.  The National Hurricane Center says it is expected to become a hurricane. "On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move through the Windward Islands during the next couple of hours, and move over... Read more
No Charges

Charges dismissed against LSU's Godchaux


East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says he is dismissing domestic abuse and child endangerment charges against LSU defense end Davon Godchaux. Moore says the woman who had accused the player of grabbing her hair and shoulder... Read more
Monument Fight

Confederate monuments issue back in court


Today, federal appeals judges will hear arguments on whether or not New Orleans' controversial monuments to Confederate leaders will stay up, as another court fight over their existence plays out. The people waging the legal battle to keep the statues... Read more
Creepy Clowns

Cops not clowning around about creepy clown sightings


With creepy clown sightings in state after state near schools and wooded areas, we have had our first close encounters of the clown kind in Louisiana. In St. James Parish, "The sheriff's office responded to a call regarding two individuals who entered... Read more
Fundraising?

GOP accuses Edwards of using flood to raise campaign cash


The state Republican Party claims Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, is using the flood to raise money for his re-election campaign. Executive Director of the Louisiana GOP, Jason Dore, says the governor attended a fundraising event one night during... Read more
What

What to Eat Tuesday... Happy Places!


After a tough week for Saints and LSU fans, we wanted to get some suggestions on this What to Eat Tuesday of some places that make people happy. We asked listeners to the Early Edition of WWL First News to tell us which local restaurants were the best bet for... Read more
Flipped Script

Botched punt return a cruel irony in Saints' loss to Falcons


The history of the New Orleans Saints now includes another memorable Atlanta Falcons punt in a Monday night game. This one won't be recalled as fondly as Steve Gleason's memorable block nearly 10 years to the day earlier.  Read more...
LSU Passing

Orgeron looks to pump life into LSU's passing game


LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron promises changes to LSU’s offense. The Tigers rank dead last in the SEC in passing and 12th in the league in total offense. Orgeron says they want to spread the ball around and make the passing game more dynamic.  Read more...
Saints Crushed

Atlanta offense rolls against 0-3 Saints


Devonta Freeman practically wore out the Superdome turf with one long gain after another,Tevin Coleman wouldn't be denied near the goal line and the New Orleans Saints hardly looked like the team that made an emotional homecoming nearly 10 years ago to the day. Read more...
Louisiana Beer

Abita Brewing Co. to launch new beer for Louisiana


Abita Brewing Co.'s has a new brew but it's only going to be available in Louisiana. The latest creation, called The Boot, will go on sale Oct. 3. On Monday, the Abita Springs-based brewery announced the new beer was crafted to show the company's appreciation for... Read more
Debate Impact

Analysis: In debate, Clinton was prepared, Trump was Trump


She was at her best. He was not at his worst. Weeks of Super Bowl-style hype aside, Monday night's 90 minutes of heated clashes between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump probably didn't shove many undecided voters off the fence. If Clinton aimed to... Read more
LSU Changes

'Coach O' promises changes to LSU offense


LSU today formally introduced the Interim Football Coach. "I felt that at this time Ed Orgeron was the right man to take over this program," Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced.  "His enthusiasm is contagious." The A.D. painted a positive picture for LSU Football.  Read more...
 
Miles on Firing

Miles: Supports his firing, didn't fight it


Fired LSU Coach Les Miles says he supports the decision to terminate his employment at LSU.
"I'm for the Tigers, and anything that they see that makes the Tigers better, I'm for them," He told the Dan Patrick Show on Direct TV's Audience. "I accepted that outcome... Read more
Cops Gun Stolen

NOPD: Gun, ID stolen from cop's unlocked car


New Orleans Police say burglars stole a police officer's gun and ID from the cop's unlocked car.
"Two unknown males were captured on surveillance video as they burglarized an unlocked car in the 5800 block of General Haig. The two got away with a firearm and... Read more
Flood Payment?

LA Congressman wants faster action on flood claims


A lot for people trying to rebuild after the August floods, who were covered by flood insurance, say they are still waiting to hear from the National Flood Insurance Program. Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves has introduced a bill that would... Read more
Hollywood S.

Hollywood South is back on top, with the #1 movie in America


Hollywood South has a hit on its hands. A 'fast draw' movie filmed in Louisiana has become a big draw at movie theaters. 'The Magnificent Seven' remake rode the star power of Denzel Washington to top North American ticket sales over the weekend.  Read more...
LSU fires Miles

Players 'shocked' LSU fired Les Miles


LSU today begins the next chapter after officials yesterday fired Head Football Coach Les Miles.  Reaction from the fans and the team are not quite the same. "People are going to say what they say, but to me he is one hell of a coach," Heisman hopeful running back... Read more
Debate Tonight

Debate Night: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown


After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the first time in Monday night's presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for the nation's future. Read more...
Saints-Falcons

Saints, Falcons meet on 10-year mark of Superdome reopening


Saints coach Sean Payton sees Monday night's matchup with rival Atlanta as a separate event from the 10th anniversary of the Superdome's reopening after Hurricane Katrina. The game and the celebration will be going on in the same place at the same time, and the same... Read more
Miles Fired

Sources: LSU fires Miles


LSU has fired Head Football Coach Les Miles. WWL's Deke Bellavia says sources confirm that the school made the decision today.  Read more...
Injury Report

Kristian: Saints face Falcons without Armstead, Snead, Jordan, Vaccaro?


The Saints will attempt to win their first game of the season without left tackle Terron Armstead (knee). Read More
 

LSU and Auburn meet in pivotal SEC West matchup


Two teams with coaches on the hot seat meet on the Plains on Saturday, as 18th ranked LSU visits Auburn. The Fighting Tigers are 2-1, 1-0 in the SEC and a loss in this game will again raise the question whether the program is heading in the right direction.  Read more...
Saints-Falcons

Saints hoping for Superdome mojo vs. Falcons


Ten years ago -- on Sept. 25, 2006 -- the Louisiana Superdome was the scene of an iconic moment in NFL history. A year earlier, Hurricane Katrina unleashed its fury on one of America's great cities, peeling back the roof of the Superdome, which transformed a... Read more
LSU-Auburn

No. 18 LSU headed to Auburn with refreshed outlook


No. 18 LSU plays its first SEC road game against Auburn (1-2, 0-1) at 5pm CT Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, and LSU coach Les Miles is looking for improvement in every phase of the game. LSU began Southeastern Conference play... Read more
Statue Down?

Activist group says it will tear down Andrew Jackson statue Saturday


A New Orleans activist group is planning a protest Saturday in Jackson Square. Take 'Em Down NOLA says the plan is to take down the iconic statue of Andrew Jackson. "He is a representative of white supremacy and does not deserve to be given such an exalted... Read more
Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's opens in Metairie


The latest entrant in the grocery store wars in metro New Orleans opens today: Trader Joe's in Metairie. The opening of the store on Veterans Memorial Boulevard off Causeway is significant, says New Orleans retail expert Wade Ragas. "It means that a world-renowned... Read more
Weekend Fests

Fall welcomes a first-ever festival to New Orleans


The first true weekend of fall brings with it a brand new addition to the New Orleans festival calendar. The inaugural Fried Chicken Festival takes place this Sunday at Lafayette Square, from 11a.m. - 8p.m. Event organizer, Cleveland Spears, says there's finally a... Read more
Fest Weekend

Fall festivals are back and so is French Quarter burlesque


The arrival of fall means the return of festivals to the area, and there are a number of them in the area this weekend. There are family events, like the Algiers Fest on the Westbank, and the Best of the Bayou Festival in Houma. There's NOLA On Tap at City Park for beer lovers, and... Read more
Top 50 Saints

Top 50 Saints players of all time


Who are the top 50 Saints players of all time?  The New Orleans Saints today announced "a listing of the top 50 players in franchise history." The team say the list was voted on by a special committee of selectors... Click here to read more and see the list
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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