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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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Cocaine Plane

Texas pilot pleads guilty to drug conspiracy

A Texas pilot has pleaded guilty to transporting almost $500,000 worth of cocaine on a plane that authorities intercepted when it stopped to refuel at a Louisiana airport in September.  Read more...
Special Session

Edwards to outline parameters today for special session

Gov. John Bel Edwards is readying to release his outline for a special legislative session he is calling to stabilize Louisiana's finances. The Democratic governor said he intends to issue the executive order Friday, setting the dates and parameters for the session to begin Feb. 14. Read more...
Thrown Ring

Knowles' ring flies off during Muses

If you caught a wedding ring at last night's Muses parade, officials are asking that you give it back to the celebrity who accidentally threw it. The Krewe says it flew off as the Muses parade rolled down the avenue.  "Honorary Muse Solange lost her wedding ring between... Read more
Monument Fight

State judge to hear challenge to Confederate statues removal

An opponent to the removal of prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans gets a chance to make his case in state court.  Pierre McGraw, president of the Monumental Task Committee Inc., filed a lawsuit in late January to stop the removal. His group maintains... Read more
Super Bowl

Super Bowl Preview

The most trying season of Peyton Manning's storied career could end up being his most rewarding. After 18 years in the NFL, it might also be his last. For Cam Newton, his breakout fifth season may have signaled he's ready to take the torch from a guy like Manning and... Read more
Rape Suspect

Cops: Man wanted for raping 12-year-old girl

Cops are asking for help finding a man suspected of raping a child.  The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office released a photo of the suspect they say sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl.  Read more...
2016 Recruits

Miles describes LSU recruit class

LSU Football Coach Les Miles and his staff has brought in one of the best recruiting classes in the country. ESPN, 24-7 sports and scout.com rank it in the top five. Miles described the recruits as "a lot of tall, rangy men with long arms, big hands, big feet." He says the class offers... Read more

Entire town moving as water rises

One Louisiana town is literally disappearing, and the federal government wants to relocate all of the residents before it is totally submerged. The federal government says the coastal community of Isle de Jean Charles in Terrebonne Parish will no longer exist in the coming years.  Read more...
Parking Fines

Council today to consider upping parking fines

The cost of New Orleans parking has already gotten more expensive at the meter. Now it's about to get more expensive if drivers let the meter expire. When Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration said it was increasing parking meter rates and extending the hours of... Read more
Carnival Crowd

Early Mardi Gras shouldn't dampen crowds

It's the beginning of non-stop Mardi Gras! Parades roll tonight through Fat Tuesday, and the city will be packed. Even though Marid Gras is happening early in February, hotel reservations point towards a lot of occupied rooms.  Read more...
Durst Hearing

Fugitive real estate heir to have change-of-plea hearing

A fugitive New York real estate heir held in Louisiana on a weapons charge has a court date for a plea agreement that will let him return to Los Angeles to face a murder charge. Court filings show U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has scheduled Robert Durst's re-arraignment... Read more
Tanker Crash

Coast Guard investigates tanker crash on Mississippi River

The Coast Guard is investigating an accident on the Mississippi River involving an empty oil tanker.  The Coast Guard said in a news release that the Nordbay, a 62,000-ton tanker, struck the Jefferson Parish water intake just up river from New Orleans on Tuesday night.  Read more...
Cosby in Court

Cosby due in court as lawyers push to get charges dropped

 Bill Cosby's lawyers will ask a judge to throw out the only criminal case lodged against the TV star from the dozens of accusations that he molested women. The defense will argue that Cosby had a deal with a suburban Philadelphia prosecutor in 2005 that he wouldn't be... Read more
Tax Scams

How to protect yourself from tax scams

W2 forms have begun to arrive, so folks are either headed to their tax preparer's office, buying software, or getting out the calculator and sharpening the pencils. However, con artists are sharpening their tools, too.  Read more...
No Shadow

Groundhog 'predicts' early spring

The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has failed to see his shadow, meaning means he's "predicted" an early spring. Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the "forecast" at sunrise, just before... Read more
Louisiana Vote

Voter registration ends Wed. for Louisiana March 5 primary

Want to vote in Louisiana's March 5 presidential primary? You have until Wednesday to register to vote if you have never registered or want to change any information. But there's a wrinkle. Unlike in other Louisiana elections, the presidential primary is a... Read more

Sanders says his campaign 'astounded the world'

A large crowd of supporters greeted Bernie Sanders in Bow, New Hampshire, at 5 a.m. after the Democratic presidential candidate arrived from Iowa. Sanders and Hillary Clinton are in a virtual tie in the Iowa caucuses. Read more...
Pres. Race

Iowa Takeaways: Trump can't meet hype, Clinton underwhelms

Donald Trump failed to live up to his own hype and finished second to Ted Cruz, but it was a late surge from Marco Rubio that may wind up the as the biggest surprise of the Iowa caucuses. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders finished in... Read more
Tight Race

Clinton, Sanders duel for Iowa; O'Malley out

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were locked in an extremely tight duel in Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses Monday as the two rivals offered Americans a stark choice between political pragmatism and revolution.  Read more...
Cruz Wins

Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders in tight Dem race

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party's leaders, swept to victory in Iowa's Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among Democrats... Read more
Jump Attempt

Woman hospitalized after getting head stuck in bridge during jump

A woman is undergoing psychiatric evaluation today after police say she tried to jump off the Huey P Long Bridge Sunday, but got stuck head first in a support beam. "Officers responded to the a report of a female who jumped from the Huey P Long Bridge on the... Read more

Airlines restore tiny perks, like pretzels, to pacify fliers

After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach. Don't expect ample legroom or free checked bags. But fliers will find improved snacks, a larger selection of free movies and — on a few select routes — the return... Read more

About 2/3 of airport buyout property draw auction bids

In a process that lasted less than an hour, 21 of 31 bundles of vacant airport properties in Kenner have been auctioned to the highest bidders. Airport officials say nine bundles that received no bidders, and one that was mistakenly omitted from the sale, will be... Read more

Horse around with the Budweiser Clydesdales tonight at City Park

The Budweiser Clydesdales are in town for Mardi Gras...and you can get your picture taken with them...maybe even ride with them in a parade. The annual Horses, Hops and Cops fundraiser is Monday evening, to support the NOPD's 8th District's Mounted Division.  Read more...
Parade Shooting

Two wounded in parade shooting in Thibodaux

Police are investigating a shooting that occurred along a parade route in Thibodaux. Thibodaux Police Department Public Information Officer Cpl. David Melancon tells media outlets that the shooting began Sunday afternoon after two men got into an altercation at the Krewe of Shaka... Read more
First Votes

What to look for in Iowa's presidential caucuses

For more than a year, presidential candidates have fanned out across Iowa, shaking hands and posing for photos with voters in coffee shops, American Legion halls and libraries, often in towns so small that most Iowans have never heard of them.  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 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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