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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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Trump Speaks

Trump takes his message to the people, blames media for lies


President Donald Trump today says despite what you hear in the media, the first four weeks of his presidency are proving to be GOOD for the American people and the country. "A new Rasmussen Poll... has our approval rating at 55% and going up," the president insisted. Read more...
Politics Stress

Report: Political stress at an all-time high


A new poll from the American Psychological Association finds stress caused by politics at an all time high -- and the stress crosses party lines. Seventy-two percent of Democrats said the election results are still causing them stress. Fifty-nine percent of Republicans said... Read more
Rainy Day Fund

Legislators struggle to find common ground on budget


There’s three days left in the special session, and the big argument continues to be over how much money to use from the rainy day fund to address the $304 million budget shortfall. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Governor John Bel Edwards has... Read more
Clydesdales

Meet the Budweiser Clydesdales at City Park


The Budweiser Clydesdales are in town for their annual Carnival appearance. And, you could ride with them when they parade in Metairie next week. Raffle tickets can be purchased tonight at the 'Horses, Hops and Cops' event for a chance to ride on the Budweiser Clydesdale wagon... Read more
Deeper Cuts?

House supports deeper budget cuts than Gov. Edwards wants


A proposal to cut $115 million from state spending over the remaining four months of the financial year, to help close a budget deficit, won the narrow support Friday of the Louisiana House, which chose to tap fewer reserves than Gov. John Bel Edwards wants. Read more...
LSU Baseball

LSU Baseball starts season with one-two punch


College baseball’s longest-running one-two punch take the mound for their third (and final) opening weekend at LSU. First up is right-handed ace Alex Lange, who has won 20 games and struck out 256 batters during his two collegiate seasons. An absolute buzz saw of... Read more
All Star N.O.

New Orleans hosts NBA All-star game for a third time


It is once again NBA All-star weekend in the Big Easy. President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Jay Cicero says they didn’t have much time to plan because they only found out they were hosting last year. The event was moved from... Read more
Parade Time

Loads of parades begin this weekend


Mardi Gras is here! Parades will roll starting tonight. This first weekend of Mardi Gras alone will feature 22 parade Uptown, on the Northshore, in Metairie, and on the Westbank. For Uptown, the Napoleon Ave. neutral ground is back, after... Read more
Cuts vs Savings

Deeper cuts than Governor wanted head to House floor


The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that takes only $74 million from the rainy day fund, instead of the $119 million the governor recommended. The vote comes after a heated back and forth between the governor’s chief budget advisor and... Read more
College $

Louisiana students asking for college money online


College tuition is rising, state lawmakers cut TOPS funding, and students are turning to other sources, even fund-raising on the World Wide Web. The online fund-raising site GoFundMe.com says there's a been a huge increase in Louisiana students using their site to raise money. Read more
All Star MG

New Orleans' big weekend: NBA All-Star Game meets Mardi Gras


Floats, marching bands and street parties are about to converge with slam-dunks, three-point plays and buzzer-beaters in New Orleans. Laissez les bons temps rouler! Yes, Mardi Gras revelers and basketball fans alike will "Let the good times roll!" Read more...

Phone Crashes

Report: Phone use behind rise in crashes and deaths


The National Safety Council finds motor vehicle deaths in 2016 rose 6% nationally from last year, and in Louisiana they’ve increased by 5% since 2014. Ken Kolosh with the NSC says they blame distracted driving for the increase. “Drivers are transitioning from... Read more
Cuts vs Savings

Governor and lawmakers struggling to reach a consensus


Legislation that authorizes the use of the rainy day fund to address a 304-million dollar midyear budget deficit is heading to the Senate floor. Senate President John Alario says dipping into the state's savings account will stave off cuts to... Read more
Cruise to Cuba?

Cruising from NOLA to Cuba?


Carnival Cruise lines is adding Cuba as a destination, for one of its ships ported in Tampa. So could any of the ships that cruise from the port of New Orleans be the next to offer trips to Cuba?  Read more...
Spears Recovery

Britney Spears' niece visits school after ATV crash


The 8-year-old niece of pop star Britney Spears, who was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident, still isn't well enough to return to school but was able to take Valentine's Day treats to her class in Louisiana Tuesday. Eight-year-old Maddie Spears-Aldridge is... Read more
Trump 'Misled'

Conway: President Trump feels misled


Counselor to President, Kellyanne Conway told CBS News that she spoke to the President early this morning after Mr. Trump called her and told her to go out on TV to explain what happened.  Ms. Conway said that 'we' should understand Flynn's apology... Read more
Divorce Time

Divorce filings jump this time of year


It's Valentine's Day, a busy time of year for... divorce lawyers? A new survey says there is a spike in divorce filings around February 14. The survey by Avvo.com, a legal referral web site, says divorce filings jump 40 percent this time of year. Local divorce attorney... Read more
Special Session

Edwards: Refusal to use 'rainy day' fund would cause pain


Gov. John Bel Edwards called on lawmakers Monday to use Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to help close a $304 million deficit, saying refusal to tap the savings account would inflict unnecessary pain on people who rely on state programs and services.  Read more...
6 Months Later

The Great Flood of 2016; 6 months later


Six months ago, the worst disaster to strike the United States in over 4 years hit Louisiana; "The Great Flood of 2016." So where do things stand now? In Livingston Parish, approximately 80% of residential and commercial structures were damaged by flooding. Read more...
Fire Out

Pipeline fire out, body to be recovered


After four days, the fire at a pipeline site in St. Charles Parish is finally out. "Early this morning, responders were able to extinguish the fire at the Paradis Pipeline Station," according to a Phillips 66 news release. "Once the area is safe to access, the St. Charles Parish Coroner... Read more
Pats Win!

Brady leads Super Bowl's biggest comeback, Patriots win 34-28 in OT


They looked old and outmanned. Their star quarterback was frazzled, their stingy defense was a sieve. So what? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots shrugged and did what they always seem to do: Win the Super Bowl. Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history highlighted by... Read more

Big Changes

Trump's immigration actions mark sharp shift


President Donald Trump's wide-ranging executive actions tightening border security— and the prospect of additional measures restricting refugee flows — mark a sharp shift away from Washington's elusive efforts to forge comprehensive immigration legislation. "We do not need... Read more...

Trump Begins

Trump's biggest campaign promises face 'Day 1' test


As a candidate, Donald Trump made a slew of "Day One" promises that any president would find daunting. He declared that repealing and replacing his predecessor's health care law would be "one of his first acts as president." He released an 18-point plan for actions that would... Read more

This Weekend

Fifth Harmony and Lee Brice headline Family Gras 2017


Family Gras is this weekend.  The lineup for the 10th year of the celebration along the Mardi Gras parade route in Metairie includes "multiplatinum award winning pop group Fifth Harmony, country-music chart topper Lee Brice, iconic entertainer Tony Orlando, and... Read more
Cheap Gas?

The end of cheap gas?


The last couple of years of falling gas prices appear to be over. Already, prices are averaging above two dollars a gallon in metro New Orleans. "We're looking at prices we haven't seen since 2014." AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says OPEC's reduced production got it going. Read more...

They loved her and she knows: Mardi Gras krewe honors Fisher


Their hair wrapped in side buns, wielding lightsabers and dressed as everything from Wookiees to stormtroopers, thousands of people turned out Friday to honor Carrie Fisher, the actress famous for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" movies.  Read more...
Orpheus

Orpheus features Forte, Wood and Simpson


Orpheus says Will Forte, Evan Rachel Wood and Jimmi Simpson will be its monarchs for Mardi Gras 2017. "The Krewe of Orpheus is excited to announce that Will Forte will serve as an Orpheus Monarch in their upcoming parade, bringing with him the cast of... Read more
3 Shot

Shooting on Chef Highway, just off I-10


Three people were shot at a gas station on Chef. Highway just after 6:30 this morning.  Witnesses could see it from the I-10. "That station is wrapped up with some police boy.  Whoooo!... Read more
Will Smith Case

Manslaughter verdict caps trial of Will Smith's killer


The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints defensive leader Will Smith faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter during a trial that made spectators of some of the city's sports heroes.  Read more...
Trump Protest

Anti-Trump protesters burn doll, spray paint statues and walls


A few dozen people angry about the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, rallied and conducted vandalism in New Orleans Wednesday night. The protest started at Lee Circle. The angry group spray painted graffiti... Read more and see video
2 Games, 5 Days

Resurgent Saints to be tested by 2 tough games in 5-day span


Veteran linebacker Craig Robertson, who emerged as a surprise starter in his first season with New Orleans, uses words like "confidence" and "trust" when he describes the Saints' transformation from an 0-3 team to a resurgent playoff hopeful that has won four of five games.  Read more...
Election Eve

Crews rolling out election machines today


All the excitement of the unusual 2016 election cycle comes to a head at the polls tomorrow. 
Meg Casper with the Secretary of State’s Office says they are anticipating a high voter turnout, like they saw with early voting. She says reminds the voters that... Read more
Unhappy QB

Cam Newton walks out of press conference after loss


Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had very little to say to reporters after losing to the Saints 41-38 in the Superdome Sunday.  He walked out of his post game news conference after very briefly answering just a few questions.  Read more and see video...
Cop Killed Case

Indictment in cop killing case


The Jefferson Parish District Attorney is seeking the death in the killing of a cop.  That word comes after an indictment in the case today. Grand jurors found that Jerman Neveaux should stand trial for first degree murder in the killing of Deputy David Michel (above).  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
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
 
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