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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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McKnight Case

Sheriff Normand talks about McKnight case, public response


Although the authorities in Jefferson Parish have arrested Ronald Gasser in the death of Joe McKnight, the investigation into the fatal shooting continues. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newel Normand says they're still hunting down pieces of information pertinent to... Read more
Weekend Events

Holiday events warm the cold weekend


The first bonfire of the season along the Mississippi River takes place tonight. You're invited to celebrate Christmas with a little Cajun flavor this weekend at the Festival of the Bonfires in Lutcher. "We start off this weekend at the festival with 77 pots of gumbo... Read more
Trump Visit

Trump mobilizing Louisiana Republicans in final Senate race


Tending to party politics, President-elect Donald Trump is rallying supporters in Louisiana on Friday ahead of the state's Senate runoff election, aiming to pad the Republican majority he will inherit.  Read more...
Coldest Yet

Coldest weather this season


Arctic air has blasted into Louisiana.  We started the day with morning temps in the 30s and 40s feeling like 20s and 30s.  It won't warm up much today. "The cold blast is here!" WWL-TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum said. "Get ready for a blustery day across... Read more
Saints-Bucs

Geller: Saints look to steal Buccaneers booty


I’m still not really sure what the heck happened last week against the Lions, but it sure did prove to me that not a whole lot has changed around here. It’s S.O.S. - same ole Saints. They’re up and down play has resulted in a 5-7 record, but for some reason we want to... Read more 
JP Crime

Murder up, all other crime down in Jefferson Parish


Every crime category in Jefferson Parish is down for 2016, except one.  Murder has jumped more than 77 percent. The sheriff's office says there were 39 murders in the first eleven months of the year, compared to 22 over the same time last year.  Read more...
Own Autopsy

Independent autopsies a good idea in most cases, says expert


The Joe McKnight investigation continues even as his accused killer faces manslaughter charges. The family of the former NFL player and John Curtis star paid for an independent autopsy. Why would the deceased's family want its own autopsy? Read more...
Much Colder

Arctic air blasting into Louisiana


"A strong cold front arrives today with some Arctic air behind it," WWL-TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum said. "We will be cloudy with a slight chance for some rain during the day." He says after mid 50s this morning the temperatures will slowly fall to the... Read more
3rd Autopsy

3rd Autopsy on McKnight after family finally found expert to perform 2nd exam


Joe McKnight's body will be examined again.  For a third time, a pathologist will try to conclusively determine what happened when Ronald Gasser shot and killed the former NFL player in Terrytown last week. Read more...
Trump to BR

Trump to visit Louisiana Friday


Donald Trump is coming to Louisiana. "President Elect Donald J. Trump will be in Baton Rouge on Friday to headline a get-out-the-vote rally for Louisiana Republican candidates ahead of Saturday's elections," according to a news release from... Read more
Drowsy Driving

AAA warns against drowsy driving this holiday season


With people getting ready to hit the road for holiday travels, AAA warns drivers to avoid drowsy driving. According to the AAA Foundation report, you double the chances of getting into a wreck if you only get 5 or 6 hours of sleep, and the risk increases by... Read more
Church Murders

Charleston church shooting suspect's trial set to begin


The white man who authorities said wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a South Carolina church is getting ready to stand trial in a city already bruised by a former police officer's racially charged murder trial that ended in a hung jury.  Read more...
Will Smith Case

Emotions raw on witness stand at Will Smith death trial


Early testimony in the trial of the man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith sometimes dealt more with the emotional effects of Smith's slaying than with facts. The first witness called was Deuce McAllister, a fan favorite during nine seasons as... Read more
Newell Normand

Normand: Gasser arrested for mansaughter for killing McKnight


Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand today announced the arrest of Ronald Gasser for the shooting death of former NFL player Joe McKnight. He says Gasser is charged with manslaughter. "We've done the right thing for the right reasons," Normand insisted in... Read more
Shooter Charged

McKnight shooter charged with manslaughter


WWL TV reports Ronald Gasser has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in the killing of Joe McKnight. Joe McKnight's family wants justice after the former NFL player was shot and killed in a road rage incident in Terry Town.  However, they also want calm.  Read more...
Thanks Tour

Trump heads back out on road for 'thank you' tour


President-elect Donald Trump is taking his show back on the road. Trump is slated to hold the second stop of this "thank you" tour Tuesday in North Carolina, less than a week after his bombastic return to rallies at an Ohio appearance that felt more like... Read more

Trial Begins

Opening statements expected in trial over Saints star death


After a jury selection process that lasted well into the previous night, opening statements were expected Tuesday in the trial of the man charged with murder after he shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith.  Read more...
Jury Seated

Jury picked in Will Smith killing trial


The jury is set to hear the case against the man who shot and killed former Saints player Will Smith. Jurors were seated Monday night. Lawyers said the trial could last seven to 10 days. Questions to potential jurors made clear that... Read more
Trial Starting

Jury selection previews possible 'stand-your-ground' defense


Questions to potential jurors Monday in the Will Smith shooting death trial make clear that Louisiana's "stand your ground" law will be at issue when testimony begins.  Read more...
Low Interest

Low early voting turnout for Louisiana's Saturday election


Early voting was sluggish in advance of this weekend's runoff election, with fewer than 6 percent of Louisiana's 3 million registered voters casting ballots.  About 171,000 voters cast ballots early for the Saturday election that will decide an open U.S. Senate seat and... Read more
Wanted Pimp

Cops searching for pimp wanted for human trafficking


"The NOPD is looking for a suspect wanted for human trafficking and aggravated assault," according to a news release. Investigators say that the victim reported the suspect kidnapped her and made her have sex for money. Read more...
Brees' Fault?

Brees: Saints loss to Lions was "our own fault"


What a difference a week makes.  The Saints were feeling pretty good a week ago at this time after crushing the Los Angeles Rams 49-21 in the Superdome, Sunday not so much. The Detroit Lions entered the Superdome and stymied the Saints high flying offense en route to... Read more
Band Mates?

Solange looking for New Orleans-based musicians for her band


Solange Knowles is looking for New Orleans-area vocalists, guitarists and keyboardists to be a part of the singer-songwriter's new band. According to the website Saint Heron , the New Orleans-based artist on Thursday put out a call for vocalists and instrumentalists between... Read more
Deadly Fire

Investigators search for clues in fatal warehouse fire, friends mourn


As investigators searched for signs of a crime in the fire that killed at least 33 in an Oakland warehouse during a late-night dance party, survivors and teary-eyed friends of those who perished viewed the charred building from a distance, placed flowers on several... Read more
HUD Sec.

Trump chooses Carson for housing secretary


President-elect Donald Trump, moving to complete formation of his Cabinet and decide other key administration posts, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Read more...
Trial Begining

Trial set Monday for suspect in ex-Saint Will Smith's death


One car rear-ends another on a Saturday night. People argue. It escalates. Ten or so gunshots later, one driver is dead and the other waits nervously to give his side of the story to police. Conflicts settled by gunfire are tragically common in New Orleans but there was nothing... Read more
Trump Tweets

Trump continues to defend his call with Taiwan's leader


President-elect Donald Trump continued to use Twitter Sunday to defend his engagement with the leader of Taiwan, a breach of diplomatic protocol as the U.S. shifted recognition from Taiwan to China nearly 40 years ago.  In a series of evening tweets, Trump groused about... Read more
Tigers-Cards

LSU headed to Citrus Bowl to play Louisville


The 20th ranked LSU Tigers will get a chance to spend the final week of 2016 in sunny Florida where they'll play 13th ranked Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on December 31st. It will be an early start on New Year's eve day as the game will kickoff at... Read more
Citrus Bowl

LSU goes bowling in Orlando on New Year's Eve


The LSU Tigers are headed to Orlando for a bowl game. "LSU will play Louisville in the Citrus Bowl!" the Tigers posted. "Game time is December 31st at 10am. See you in Orlando."  Read more...
 
Recount & Appts

Trump to fill more vacancies; recount distraction looms


With his return to New York, President-elect Donald Trump faces a pressing need to set more of the foundation blocks of his presidency in place by filling vacancies for secretary of state and other top posts.  Read more...
Exclusive

Brees: Saints have to bounce back; we know what we're capable of


The Saints typically don’t take silver linings from losses, but against Denver it proved something to Brees and the team. 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
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...
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...
 
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