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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 and ask whatever questions you have.
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Death Penalty

Prosecutors want accused killer to die for murder at Cane's

Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick announced today that a grand jury has returned an indictment for first-degree murder against Joshua Every for the killing of Raising Canes manager Taylor Friloux in Kenner.  "After meeting with Ms. Friloux's family... Read more
Early Voting

Early voting runs through Nov. 1

Louisiana voters can cast early ballots for the November 8th election each day through November 1st, except Sunday.  "You do not need a reason to vote early! All voters may vote early, just like they are voting on Election Day," according to... Read more

Thomas: LSU will '€dominate' top-ranked Alabama

Dwayne Thomas isn’t shy about his feelings regarding the Alabama Crimson Tide. The veteran defensive back is part of a senior class that gets one last chance to beat its hated rival, and he told reporters Wednesday that LSU isn’t just going to win the top-20 showdown... Read more
Bridge Standoff

Police: Armed driver shoots self, closes Causeway southbound

Officials have closed the southbound Causeway from the Northshore to the Southshore because of a reported armed standoff.  "I was just told by police that we have an individual with a weapon on the bridge, and I know that we have a bunch of police cars out there... Read more
More Seafood

We are eating more seafood

The government says the average American ate nearly a pound more seafood in 2015 than he or she did the previous year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the statistic Wednesday along with its annual Fisheries of the United States report. It says... Read more
Trump's Star

Police investigate destruction of Trump's Hollywood star

Los Angeles police are investigating a pre-dawn attack that destroyed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame less than two weeks before the election. Read more...
Good Rating

Edwards popular according to new poll

A new poll from Southern Media and Opinion Research shows six in ten voters give Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards a favorable rating. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says the survey found that Edwards’ approval rating is at 60%. But Pinsonat says one elected official beat out ... Read more
LA Poll

Despite 53 percent disapproval, Trump beating Clinton in LA by 16 points

Louisiana voters don't like Donald Trump. In the results of a new Southern Media and Opinion Research Poll, Trump's negatives outweigh his positives. So why is Trump winning by 16 points in Louisiana, with a 53 percent disapproval rating? Read more...
Lots of Votes

Early voting proving more and more popular

More and more people are not waiting for election day to vote in Louisiana. Early voting is increasingly popular.  Some ten thousand voters have already cast ballots in the New Orleans metro area. An average of close to 700 voters per hour cast ballots on the... Read more
$1 Billion

$1 billion paid to flood insurance policyholders

Louisiana flood victims have received over one billion dollars in flood insurance payments in less than three months after the historic flooding. Wayne Berggren with the National Flood Insurance Program says they’ve seen over 29,000 claims submitted for review and... Read more
Set on Fire

Police: Man sprayed wife with hairspray, lit her on fire

A Baton Rouge man has been arrested after police say he lit his wife on fire during an argument. Police arrested 28-year-old John Emmett Harleaux on Tuesday on a felony count of domestic abuse battery by burning.  Read more...
Bonus Pay Back

Pentagon urged to stop taking back soldier bonuses

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called for the Pentagon to immediately suspend efforts to recover enlistment bonuses paid to nearly 10,000 soldiers in California who signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more...
Vote Early

Early voting in Louisiana election opens, runs until Nov. 1

Louisiana's voters can start casting their ballots for the upcoming election to choose the nation's next president, to fill congressional seats and to select local elected officials around the state. Read more...
Vote Early

Early voting in Louisiana election opens, runs until Nov. 1

Louisiana's voters can start casting their ballots for the upcoming election to choose the nation's next president, to fill congressional seats and to select local elected officials around the state. Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging people to vote... Read more

Louisiana Vote?

Democratic leader believes Clinton has a chance in Louisiana

Recent polls show Republican Donald Trump will defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Louisiana on November 8th. But Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, Stephen Handwerk, says they are not throwing in the towel yet. Read more...

Trump, with electoral path narrowing, insists he's 'winning'

Even as his path to the presidency narrows, a defiant Donald Trump is insisting he is "winning" and urging his supporters to defy what he is calling an establishment conspiracy to deny the White House to his populist movement.  Read more...
Saints Woes

Saints' close calls produce mix of frustration, optimism

Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro takes little consolation from how close three of New Orleans' four losses have been. He's not ready to throw in the towel on the season. But he wants teammates to demand better of themselves and not get...  Read more
Jail Death

City panel to weigh in on latest New Orleans jail suicide

New Orleans City Council members are set to discuss the latest inmate death at the city's jail — a teenage murder suspect's suicide. Council member Susan Guidry scheduled a meeting of the council's Criminal Justice Committee for Tuesday afternoon. Read more...
Early Vote

Early voting begins today

If you just can't wait until November 8, early voting starts today in Louisiana. Read more...
Phony Polls

Trump rejects 'phony' polls, insists 'we are winning'

A defiant Donald Trump blamed his campaign struggles on "phony polls" from the "disgusting" media on Monday, fighting to energize his most loyal supporters as his path to the presidency shrinks.With just 14 days until the election... Read more
Shot Student

Man pleads guilty to shooting student who stopped kidnapping

A 22-year-old man who shot a Tulane University medical student who intervened during an attempted kidnapping has pleaded guilty in an agreement that will see him serve 50 years in prison.  Read more...

High-flying Saints ready to face ball-hawking Chiefs defense

Marcus Peters has duped just about every quarterback he has faced into throwing an interception to him, whether it was Peyton Manning a year ago or Derek Carr just last weekend. He'd love nothing more than to add Drew Brees to his growing list Sunday.  Read more... 

Cold Front

Cooler weather finally arrives!

It finally feel like Fall across Southeast Louisiana! The cold front has moved through, and much cooler and less humid air has moved in with plenty of sunshine.  Highs today will only be in the 70s, following day after day of record highs recently. "Tonight will be clear and comfortable with... Read more
Top Costumes

Most popular costumes for Halloween

What's hot for Halloween?  With just ten days, some costumes are getting real hard to find on store shelves. The National Retail Federation says there has been a change at the top of heap among most popualr costumes for children for the first time in more than a decade.  Read more and see the list...
LSU Preview

LSU looks for 3rd straight win vs Ole Miss

The SEC's best pass offense goes up against a stingy LSU defense on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium as the Bayou Bengals host Ole Miss. Rebels Quarterback Chad Kelly has completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,849 yards and 14 TDs.  He has five receivers who have... Read more
Louisiana Pot?

New poll showing vast growth in acceptance of pot

A new poll from Gallup shows huge growth in the number of people who think the government needs to mellow out when it comes to pot. The poll shows 60 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana -- almost double the 31 percent in a... Read more

Trump, Clinton trade caustic barbs as roast turns bitter

The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie gala in New York that is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day, is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside. Not this year... Read more
Stripper Case

Strippers fighting Louisiana age law want names under cover

Three women fighting Louisiana's new law making 21 the minimum age for working as a stripper are arguing in federal court that they shouldn't have to reveal their names. Each woman is listed in court records as Jane Doe. Each wants to keep it that way, but... Read more
Weekend Fun

Early Halloween Parade highlights weekend activities

New Orleans gets a jump on Halloween this weekend.The annual Krewe of Boo Halloween parade takes place Saturday evening at 6:30. The scary krewe is rolling early this year to avoid a conflict with next weekend's Voodoo Fest. And Captain Brian Kern doesn't expect... 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...
Saints Future

Brees likes Saints' direction

After Drew Brees broke another NFL record with his latest 400-plus-yard passing performance, he stood on a podium and moved his right hand in an ascending motion while discussing the direction of the New Orleans Saints.  "We want to be on this trajectory," Brees said as he moved his hand up... Read more

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...
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
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

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 " 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

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 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
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