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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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Cane's manager dies after stabbing during Kenner robbery

A robbery at a fast food restaurant in Kenner left a 21-year-old woman dead from stab wounds early this morning.  "At approximately 1:25am this morning we received the call," Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser told WWL First News. Read more...
Trooper Hit

'Thoughts and prayers needed' for trooper hit by vehicle

A Louisiana State Police trooper has been hit by a vehicle. Officials posted the Louisiana State Police Facebook page, "Trooper struck while assisting disabled vehicle. Thoughts and prayers needed." It happened... Read more

Louisiana Medicaid expansion goes into effect today

The state’s newly expanded Medicaid program goes into effect today, and the Louisiana Department of Health says some people may be able to see a doctor for the first time in their lives. Secretary Rebekah Gee says the expansion will... Read more
Food Stamps

Job training requirements starting for 52,000 on food stamps

New job training requirements are kicking in for thousands of non-working, childless adults in Louisiana who receive food stamps. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the executive order in April. The requirements begin Friday. The Department of Children and Family Services says... Read more
Suspect Shot

Trooper shoots suspect in New Orleans

A Louisiana State trooper shot a suspect in New Orleans Thursday night after police say the suspect shot at officers. "North Villere and Arts Streets. A male  subject was struck to an unknown part of the body.... Read more
4th Fun

Metairie and the Mississippi River, scenes of area's biggest 4th events

Independence Day celebrations in the metro area get off to an early start this year, and continue through July 4th. There'll be fireworks in the area tonight through Monday. Covington kicks things off Friday night with Sparks in the Park along with celebrations and fireworks in... Read more
Stabbed 8x

Cops: Woman stabbed 8 times during robbery at Raising Cane's

Kenner Police today gave a chilling description of the murder of 21-year-old Taylor Friloux at Raising Cane's.  "She had a total of eight stab wounds," Chief Michael Glaser explained. "One of them went through and through her aorta, which was probably the one that... Read more
School Changes

Public school changes will be topic of statewide forums

State education leaders say they will be holding public forums across Louisiana to come up with revised school policies that comply with a new federal law. The revisions have to meet the guidelines of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced... Read more
Happy at Work

Greater New Orleans ranks highly for happy workers

Greater New Orleans ranks 12th in the nation for providing great opportunities and keeping employees happy. That's according to job search and salary comparison site, Glassdoor, which recently released its 2016 list of The Top 25 Cities For Employee Satisfaction.  Read more...
Party w/Purpose

New Orleans ready to 'party with a purpose' at Essence Fest

Music has always been at the heart of the annual Essence Festival, now in its 22nd year, and this year will be no different.  Fans will get to hear from first-timers Mariah Carey, Puff Daddy and Jeremih as well as from festival veterans... Read more
More Arrests

More arrests in the murder at Cane's in Kenner

Kenner Police today say they have made additional arrests in the murder of a 21-year-old woman, the shift manager at Raising Cane's on Williams Blvd. The police chief says he will announce details at a news conference today.  Read more...

Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputy faces DWI charge

State police say a Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputy faces charges of driving while intoxicated, having an open alcohol container in her vehicle and not wearing a seat belt. Trooper First Class Jesse LaGrange tells The Courier Tara Whitney was stopped... Read more
Huge Jackpot

Mega Millions jumps to $415 million

No one got all of the numbers right in the Mega Millions drawing last night, so the huge jackpot gets even bigger.  "There will be some Mega Millions fireworks this holiday weekend, as the third largest prize in Mega Millions history will be offered on... Read more
Body Slam

Official: Trooper who slammed suspect acted appropriately

The head of the Louisiana State Police says a trooper who slammed an intoxicated man to the ground at a New Orleans club acted appropriately. Responding to a cellphone video that captured the incident, Col. Mike Edmonson told The Advocate that... Read more
Under Review

State Police say video of trooper body slamming suspect is under review

A video showing a Louisiana State Police trooper body slamming a suspect on Bourbon Street has gone viral and is now under review. "The video is currently under review by supervisors and training academy staff... Read more and see the video
Big Jackpot

You could win $390 million tonight

The Mega Millions jackpot keeps growing. An estimated $390 million jackpot is up for grabs tonight. That ties the fourth largest jackpot in the game's history. A single winner could take the $265 million cash option.  Read more...
Best Snowballs?

What to Eat Tuesday... Snowballs!

Where are the best snow balls in the New Orleans area, and what is your favorite flavor? That's what we asked WWL listeners on this week's What to Eat Tuesday from 5:00am to 6:00am on the Early Edition of WWL First News. Often we tell you names of places that got... 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

Louisiana's 1st rescued and released dolphin doing well

The first Louisiana dolphin to be released after rescue is doing well in Barataria Bay, the Audubon Nature Institute says. The young dolphin stranded on Grand Isle in October, and was released in April after blood tests and other exams showed he was healthy.  Read more...
Body Slam

Video: Trooper body slams man during arrest

The video of a Louisiana State Police Trooper making an arrest by body slamming a suspect on Bourbon Street has gone viral on Facebook.  The recording is barely a minute long, and it's not really clear what is happening. You see the trooper... Read more
Power Out

Storms knock out power

A line of thunderstorms and lightening dumped rain on the New Orleans area Monday night.
The lightning strikes and gusts of winds helped knock out power to more than 15,000 customers across the region.  Read more...
Camp in WV

Saints: Training camp to start as planned in West Virginia

Despite devastating flooding, the New Orleans Saints say the team plans to stick with the plan to hold training camp at the Greenbrier in West Virginia at the end of July. "We have maintained contact with officials at the Greenbrier and our plans remain to conduct training camp... Read more
Tax Reform

Next year's fiscal session could see real budget reform

Two special sessions later, Louisiana’s budget is still not in good shape. Barry Erwin with the Council for a Better Louisiana says he’s optimistic that in the 2017 fiscal session lawmakers can start looking at long term budget reform. He says otherwise they will... Read more
Ed. Board Chair

Gov. Edwards elected chair of regional education board

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has been elected chair of the Southern Regional Education Board. The Office of the Governor of Louisiana says in a news release that Gov. Edwards was elected chair Sunday at the organization's annual meeting in... Read more

Funeral for slain Jefferson Parish deputy today

The Funeral is today for Jefferson Parish Detective David Michel Jr. He was shot and killed in Harvey last week. The procession this morning is moving from Mothes Funeral Home at 1300 Vallette St. in Algiers to Believer's Life Church at 501 Lapalco Blvd... Read more
Saints Camp?

Saints camp one month away, but flooding creates questions

The New Orleans Saints open training camp one month from today, but devastating flooding in West Virginia is raising serious questions. The Greenbrier has canceled all reservations at the historic facility and instead is sheltering storm victims.  Over the weekend it was announced... Read more
Casting Call

New TV show casting in Louisiana

A major cable television network is looking for Louisiana folks to take part in a new TV show to air this October. "We are currently casting Louisiana locals who would love to share their superstitions, beliefs, and practices with a celebrity comedian in a... Read more
No Golf

PGA's Greenbrier off due to floods, no word on Saints camp

The PGA Tour announced Saturday that the Greenbrier Classic scheduled for next month has been canceled because of the devastating flooding in West Virginia. The tournament had been scheduled for July 7-10 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, which was... Read more
Water Safe

Boil water advisory lifted for Covington

The City of Covington says the water is safte to drink. "The boil advisory issued on 6/24/2016 has been LIFTED!" city officials posted on the Covington website. The advisory was issued after crews said... 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 "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

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
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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