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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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Legal Killing?

What is 'reasonable' when it comes to citizens using deadly force?


St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is set to announce more details today about a Slidell-area homeowner who fatally shot and killed a man in his yard early Monday morning. The sheriff's office says the homeowner told deputies the man was behaving... Read more
Extras Needed

Extras needed for Mardi Gras show on NCIS New Orleans


Wanna be on the TV show NCIS: New Orleans? Producers are looking for some extras in Mardi Gras attire. They are shooting the Carnival scene this Friday, Jan. 20. To apply, officials say you should send a picture of yourself in a costume that you would like to wear. Read more...
2 Kids Shot

Shooting in Carrollton injures two children


New Orleans Police say two children were wounded in a shooting Monday night. "The NOPD is investigating a double shooting," Public Information Officer Ambria Washington said in an email.  "Initial reports show two male juveniles." She both the youngsters were... Read more
Trump Tweets

Inauguration in site, Trump continues Twitter assault


His inauguration days away, President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony. The tough-talking Republican questioned whether the CIA director himself was... Read more
No More Circus

Reaction to Ringling Brothers ending long circus run


Reaction to news that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was closing after 146 years - from saddened celebrities to elated animal rights advocates - flew as fast as a flying trapeze. Feld Entertainment, owner of the iconic circus, broke the news to... Read more
Inauguration

Revelers, rally-goers to clog DC for Trump's inauguration


Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration the day after, but how many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question. Officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people will be... Read more

Foreign Buyers

Foreign home buyers anticipated in New Orleans


New Orleans may soon be a second home for wealthy Europeans. Local realtors are anticipating an influx of foreign home buyers to New Orleans this year. The ease of access to the Crescent City may have a number of wealthy Europeans purchasing property here. Read more...
Suspect Shot

Police shoot alleged robber on the Northshore


Cops in Slidell shot a suspect Friday night. At approximately 7:40pm, Slidell Police Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery in progress near the area of Gause Boulevard and Rue Rochelle Drive," officials said in a news release. "The suspect and officers exchanged... Read more
Unique Cakes

Marshmallow? Matcha? Boudin? A look at offbeat king cakes


King cakes — the treats that come around only during Mardi Gras — are rich in history and tradition, but many bakers push the boundaries with quirky ingredients.  Read more and get links to unique king cakes...
Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th brings out belief in the mystic


If you're superstitious, maybe you want to stay in bed! It's Friday the 13th, and for those who believe in such things, there may be a bit of a double whammy: Not only is it the 13th, there is a full moon this morning. You're bound to run into more than a few superstitious people in... Read more
Flu Time

Flu cases on the rise in Louisiana


In the past week, Louisiana has seen an increase in the number of flu cases around the state. That’s according to Medical Director for the state Immunization Program Dr. Frank Welch who says four out of every 100 people who visit the doctor have the flu. He says if you... Read more
Season Start

Expert: Louisiana crawfish crop off to 'sluggish' start


It's been a somewhat trying season for crawfish farmers in Louisiana. "Shaky is one word we might use for it," says Dr. Greg Lutz, with the LSU Ag Center. "It's all over the place. We've got some places that are doing pretty well. And we've got some other operations that... Read more
Cabinet

Week 1: Cabinet picks contradict Trump stands on some issues


The lack of fireworks surrounding Senate consideration of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks may reflect a slew of statements his choices have made contradicting the billionaire businessman's position on key issues. Trump acknowledged the... Read more

BBQ Boom?

New Orleans becoming a barbecue boom town


Barbecue appears to have become a hot trend on the New Orleans restaurant scene. "Oh, it's very much a happening thing," says WWL restaurant critic Tom Fitzmorris. "It's as if we didn't have any at all for a million years, and all of a sudden, all over the place, everybody's doing... Read more
No Treatment?

Study: 3 in 10 women get unneeded cancer treatment


New research out of Denmark says as many as three in ten women who have breast cancer detected via mammogram are getting unnecessary treatment, because some early forms of cancer never progress to a dangerous stage. LSU Health New Orleans chief of oncology... Read more
Lots of Jobs

Amazon plans to hire 100,000 over the next 18 months


Amazon plans to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. over the next 18 months. The online retailer said Thursday that the jobs are full time and come with benefits. Many of the new jobs will be at fulfillment centers currently being built in a number of states, including... Read more
New Party

New political party established in Louisiana


A new political party has been established in the Bayou State, as the official paperwork has been submitted by the Louisiana Independent Party. Party Treasurer Bill Bryan says this is more of a movement than a political action. He says often times, people vote for... Read more
1st News Conf.

Trump to face questions on Russia hacking, business ties


The last time Donald Trump held a news conference, he was plunging into a heated general election campaign with Hillary Clinton and suggested Russia could help dig up some of his rival's emails. Nearly six months and a presidential campaign victory later, Trump will... 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
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
 
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10 Years Later

Ten years of smoke free restaurants


This month marks the 10 year anniversary of the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act, which prohibited smoking in most public places - most significantly restaurants. Director for the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, Tonya Moore, says the law has... Read more

After poll failure, expert makes good on promise to eat bug


Lawmaker is re-elected, arrested on same day


2 took taxi to rob house and then stiffed driver


 
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