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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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Next Coach?

Jimbo Fisher will be LSU's next coach, should Miles go

One of the most connected sources in the coaching industry thinks the rumors that LSU is pursuing Jimbo Fisher to replace Les Miles are "100 percent” true. Read more...
Parade Time

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Food Murder

Man arrested for allegedly killing father, wounding mother in fight over food

Cops in Mississippi have arrested a man wanted for allegedly stabbing his parents during an argument about food in Jefferson Parish. His father died.  His mother was injured. The Lamar County Sheriff's office says deputies caught 32-year-old Ronald Pritchett outside... Read more
Parade Time

3 million people expected to attend NYC Thanksgiving parade

 As millions of Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, security will be tight in New York City with a record number of police officers patrolling the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Read more...
Fire Threat

Twice as many fires on Thanksgiving day

According to the US Fire Administration, the average number of home fires nearly double on Thanksgiving as compared to any other day of the year.  State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says it's important to remind residents of... Read more
Terror Fears

President urges Americans to enjoy Thanksgiving despite terror fears

President Barack Obama said there currently is no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a terrorist plot on the United States, as he sought to reassure anxious Americans for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Read more...
Brees on Texans

Brees says recharged Saints are preparing for tough Texans defense

With the Saints coming off the bye week, it was back to business as usual for the black and gold this week, meaning if it's Wednesday, it's time for Bobby Hebert's "QB To QB " segment with Drew Brees. Brees started the interview talking about the... Read more
Terror Concerns

Terror alert could hurt Louisiana tourism

Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is concerned international tourism into Louisiana could be impacted by the United States’ issuing a worldwide terror alert. Dardenne says last year Louisiana had the biggest increase in percentage of international visitors of any state in... Read more
Fire Miles?!?

Some in national sports media can't believe LSU would fire Miles

Some in the national sports media believe LSU would be crazy to fire football coach Les Miles. In eleven season at LSU, Miles has won 110 games, two SEC titles, and one BCS national championship. Dennis Dodd with cbssports.com says LSU would be making a horrible... Read more
Clubs Busted

14 more adult venues citied during statewide sting

Agents with the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control cited 14 adult entertainment venues during a statewide undercover investigation dubbed by the agency "Operation Trick or Treat." The agency said in a news release the strip clubs were issued citations for prostitution... Read more

Blue Bell Ice Cream returns to Louisiana before Christmas

Blue Bell is returning to Louisiana in less than a month.  The ice cream has been vacant from store shelves in the state since a Listeria contamination shut down production earlier this year.
"Save the date! Blue Bell Ice Cream is beginning phase four on Dec. 21. Phase four includes... Read more
Cheaper Gas

Gas prices falling ahead of Thanksgiving

You should have a little more jingle in your pocket this year... with the money you are saving at the gas pump. AAA says filling up for that trip over the river or through the woods for Thanksgiving will cost you considerably less this year.  The current average for... Read more
Refugee Fight

Lawsuit over efforts to block Syrian refugees

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is being sued over his decision to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state.  The Indianapolis Star reports the lawsuit was filed Monday night by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of... Read more
Park Shooting

Leaders urge witnesses to come forward, share video

New Orleans officials are quite sure someone knows the identities of the shooters who opened fire on each other in a crowd of hundreds of people during a block party — and they are urging them to come forward. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says... Read more
Miles Future?

Miles focusing on A&M, not rumors

LSU Coach Les Miles does not want the focus on him or the rumors of his firing, as his team prepares for the final regular season game of the year on Saturday against Texas A&M. The Tigers have lost three in a row for the first time in Miles 11-year coaching career at LSU and... 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...
Cold Start

Cold start, warming up all week

After morning lows in the 20's and 30's across Southeast Louisiana, a slow warm up begins. WWL TV Meteorologist Laura Buchtel says sunshine warms New Orleans up to near 60 degrees this afternoon.  Slidell strarted the day at 29 degrees and a windchill of... Read more
Transition Team

Edwards names team to lead transition to governor's office

Louisiana Governor Elect John Bel Edwards has picked seven people to lead his transition into the governor's office. The Democrat has fewer than two months to get ready to take over the job from... Read more
Park Shooting

Police investigate New Orleans shooting that left 16 wounded

Police have been trying to figure out what sparked a gun battle in a crowded New Orleans park that left 16 people wounded and the mayor is calling on witnesses to come forward. Hundreds of people were gathered at a playground for a block party and music video shoot when... Read more
Young Buyers

Millennials love Louisiana, are spreading out in New Orleans

According to CNN/Money, Louisiana is the hottest state in the country for millennial-age homebuyers. Due to the state's affordable housing market, Louisiana made the top 10 list four times. Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans and Shreveport are all drawing... Read more

It's Election Day

Today is election day in Louisiana.  The ballot is headlined by the runoff for governor.  Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter are squaring off to lead the state. Click here for a sample ballot and 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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