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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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Dinner Fight

Prison time for man who shot at wife over dinner plans


A Kenner man will spend 10 years behind bars for choking his wife and firing a shotgun at her after an argument over dinner plans. Multiple media outlets report 66-year-old Charles Gussett pleaded guilty Monday to illegal use of a weapon, using a firearm during a crime of... Read more
Super Bowl Bid

New Orleans makes a go for Super Bowl LIII


New Orleans sports officials make their pitch to the NFL owners today to host the 2019 Super Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The last time New Orleans put in a bid for a Super Bowl, NFL owners instead chose Minnesota and their yet-to open stadium. Read more...
Unclaimed $

$1.3M in unclaimed refunds from Jefferson red-light cameras


Officials are urging drivers to find out if they're owed a refund through Jefferson Parish's discontinued red light camera program. The state treasurer's office released a statement, saying there $1.3 million worth of refund checks that were never cashed. Those who... Read more
SEC Tourney

Jake Latz to start vs Tennessee in SEC Tournament


LSU freshman left-hander Jake Latz will start on the mound Tuesday night for the Tigers when they take on Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. Latz has only appeared three games this season as he recovered from elbow surgery. But Coach Paul Mainieri says... Read more
Defunding Bill

Planned Parenthood defunding measure wins final passage


Planned Parenthood should lose its Medicaid financing if the organization starts performing abortions in Louisiana, state lawmakers have agreed. The Senate gave final passage to the proposal Monday with a 33-2 vote, sending it to... Read more
Lesbian Kiss

Honolulu to settle suit from lesbians jailed after kissing


Honolulu has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit from two gay women who allege a police officer wrongfully arrested them after seeing them kissing in a grocery store. Details of the settlement were announced Friday in federal court in Honolulu. It's still subject to... Read more
Tigers Beat #1

Tigers take down #1 ranked Florida for 10th straight win


share of big hits this season, but none were bigger than his bloop single in the bottom of the 8th to help the Tigers defeat #1 ranked Florida 5-4 on Friday night. Hunter Newman pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 9th to preserve the 10th straight victory for the Tigers. It's Newman's sixth save. Read more...
Death Row AC

Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning


As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. If not, a federal judge may order them to install air conditioning for inmates awaiting execution at... 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
Bodies Found

The Latest: Greece: Searchers see body part, seats, luggage


Greece's defense minister says Greek authorities have received notification that Egyptian authorities had spotted a body part, two seats and suitcases during their search in the Mediterranean Sea for the crashed EgyptAir Flight 804.  Read more...
Not Ready?

Employers say many new college grads aren't ready for the workplace


According to a recently released survey, nearly 90 percent of all recent college graduates considered themselves well prepared for their jobs. Unfortunately, only half of hiring managers shared that opinion. According to PayScale, which provides data on... Read more
Power Out

Storms knock out power


A line of strong storms with lots of lightening, heavy rain and gusty winds caused thousands of power outages across Louisiana Thursday night. At the height of the bad weather, Entergy reported nearly 75,000 customers without electricity. CLECO had close to 6,000... Read more
Stripper Bill

A joke about strippers fires up a female legislator


Female lawmakers are not happy about a joke a male member of the House made during debate over legislation that raises the age from 18 to 21 to be hired as a stripper at a dance club. Jackson Representative Kenny Havard proposed an amendment that... Read more
Declaration

Bill requiring students recite Declaration moves to House


A bill to require students to recite part of the Declaration of Independence daily has made it out of the House Education Committee. Author of the bill, Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges says kids should understand this important historic document.  Read more...
Stormy Weather

Friday could see heavy downpours


Forecasters expect potentially heavy rain to spread across Southeast Louisiana Friday. "A few rounds of storms on Friday could bring strong storms and heavy rainfall," WWL-TV Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo said. Until then, he expects... Read more
Med. Marijuana

Gov. Edwards favors more medical pot, leery of recreational legalization


Governor John Bel Edward says he'll sign the medical marijuana expansion bill, when it reaches his desk. Certain seizure disorders and cancer treatment have been added to the "approved" list for medicinal cannabis in Louisiana. Gov. Edwards says people should not be... Read more
Plane Crash

Crashed EgyptAir plane suddenly lost altitude


An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the Greek island of Crete early Thursday morning, Egyptian and Greek officials said. Greek defense minister Panos Kammenos said EgyptAir flight 804 made... 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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