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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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LSU Hosts

LSU is #2 seed, hosts Regional in baseball tourney


LSU will host a regional tournament in the competition to get to the College World Series.  The Tigers are overall number two seed.  Read more...
Sharper Guilty

Sharper pleads guilty to drug and rape charges in federal court


Former Saints safety Darren Sharper has entered another guilty plea to charges he drugged and raped women. This time he admitted in New Orleans Federal Court that he used the drugs to make the women unconscious, and then sexually assaulted them.  Read more...
Tax Holiday

Sales tax holiday for hurricane prep this weekend


There is a Louisiana sales tax holiday Saturday and Sunday to help people get ready for hurricane season. "Louisiana residents can purchase flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies, free of the 4 percent state sales tax... Read more
13th Best?

New Orleans a top spot for 'staycations' - bet 12 are better?


The social media research company, WalletHub, says there's no reason folks in the New Orleans area need to spend a lot of money on a summer vacation. Their findings show that New Orleans is a great place for a 'stay at home' vacation.  Read more...
Sharper-Rape

Sharper set for change-of-plea in sex assault case


Former NFL star Darren Sharper is moving closer to resolving charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in four states. Sharper faces at least nine years in prison after having pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges that he distributed drugs with the intent to commit rape... Read more
LSU-Lehigh

Cartwright begins LSU pitching parade in Regional opener


Turns out a baseball coach on the hunt for information about an unfamiliar foe goes to the same place you’d visit to search for a recipe or to figure out who sings that song that’s stuck in your head. LSU coach Paul Mainieri said... Read more
State of N.O.

Landrieu: New Orleans is on a roll, but must keep improving


New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu today touted gains and recognized challenges facing the city. Landrieu presented a vision for "a stronger more resilient city, in fact a city for the ages."
In his annual State of the City Address, Landrieu said, "We are making incredible progress, but... Read more
Puppy Theft

Cops arrest alleged puppy thief


Northshore authorities say they have nabbed a puppy thief. "The apprehension was made following a traffic stop initiated by Sergeant Cliff Laigast for an unrelated traffic offense... Read more
Lady Tigers

LSU Softball seeking first national championship


The LSU softball team faces SEC rival Auburn on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Women's College World Series. It's the fourth WCWS appearance for LSU. Coach Beth Torina says her team has been on a mission to get to this point.  Read more...
State of City?

What is the state of the City of New Orleans


New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will present his State of the City address today at the Historic Carver Theater. We got some opinions from New Orleanians on what they feel is the state of  the city.  "How can you not love New Orleans?" one lady replied. Read more...
Below Average

Another below average hurricane season


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today issued its initial outlook for the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. Officials gathered with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for the announcement in the city's emergency operations center.  Read more...
Garth Back

Garth Brooks to play in New Orleans


One of country music's biggest stars ever is coming to New Orleans.  Garth Brooks will play his first concerts in the state in nearly two decades. "Garth Brooks makes his first appearance in the state of Louisiana in 18 years... Read more
Strong Storms

More strong storms possible today as line moves in


A line of strong storms is once again moving across Louisiana. "Lots of heavy rain, lighting and thunder... as it moves toward us," WWL TV Meteorologist Alexandra Cranford described. "I think by midday we'll see it really knocking on our door... Read more
Player Charged

Details of domestic abuse allegations against LSU OT


A football player for LSU is booked with felony domestic abuse for allegedly choking his fiance in the presence of children.  East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office Spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks says the victim claims she and 22-year-old Jevonte Domond got into... Read more
Big Bids

N.O. bids to host College Football Championship same years as Super Bowl


The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the Allstate Sugar Bowl have put in a bid to host the College Football Playoff National Championship game in 2019 or 2020. New Orleans is already competing to host the Super Bowls in those same years.  Read more...
Cop Hurt

Cop hurt after stopping to help with I-10 crash


New Orleans Police say an officer was hurt when a driver slammed into his patrol car on the I-10 West at the I-610 split. "The officer stopped his marked unit with his overhead lights on to assists motorists in an accident... Read more
Tornado

Tornado touches down in Kenner


The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in Kenner around 2:00am.
"One building was absolutely decimated, with the roof blown across the street," Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni told WWL TV.  "A lot of snapped (power) lines."  Read more...
Flying Bouncy

VIDEO: 3 hurt when waterspout sends bounce house flying


Police say two of the three children tossed onto a South Florida beach from a bounce house sent flying by a waterspout have been sent home from a hospital with minor injuries, hours after the inflatable was sent airborne.  Read more and see video...
Jobs for Grads?

Jobs for grads?


New graduates are hitting the workforce and Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink says the job market in Louisiana looks as good as it's looked in 20 years. 
He says while the market, as a whole, is strong, some college degrees are...  Read more
NCAA Baseball

LSU, UL Lafayette and Tulane in the NCAA Baseball Tournament


For a fourth straight season, LSU is a national seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament, which will get underway when the Tigers host Lehigh University on Friday. The Tigers received the number two national seed, despite being ranked number one by most of the polls... Read more
Jindal 4 Pres?

Will Jindal make the cut for first GOP Presidential Debate?


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal could be kept out of the first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign. Fox News will host the debate on August 6th and the network requires contenders to be in the top 10... Read more
Power Out

Overnight storms knock out power, damage some structures


A line of strong storms blew through overnight leaving some damage in its wake. More than 12,000 customers lost power in New Orleans, about 6,000 in St. Tammany and smaller numbers in other parishes.  Read more...
Power Out

Overnight storms knock out power, damage some structures


A line of strong storms blew through overnight leaving some damage in its wake. More than 12,000 customers lost power in New Orleans, about 6,000 in St. Tammany and smaller numbers in other parishes.  Read more...
Cops Shoot

Deputies shot at suspects on Canal Street


Cops say a Orleans Parish Sheriff's Deputies shot at suspects in a car this morning.  It happened at Canal Street and Basin Street. "OPSO deputies discharged a weapon during a traffic stop when the driver fled the scene striking one of the deputies... Read more
Tourism Hit?

New Orleans tourism officials play down governor's executive order


As the summer travel season begins, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau has responded to Governor Jindal's executive order on "religious freedom." That bill was defeated by a vote of 10 to 2 in a House committee, but the governor took matters into his own hands.  Read more...
Pricey Beef

Beef prices high for the Memorial Day cookout


Many will be firing up the grill this Memorial Day and LSU AgCenter Economist Ross Pruitt says you can expect to continue to pay high prices for beef. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price for a pound of ground beef in March was $4.20... Read more
Memorial Day

A day to remember those lost in defense of our freedom


Memorial Day is one of the most solemn holidays on the calendar.  It's a day set aside to remember those men and women who gave their lives in defense of our freedom. Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, David LeCerte, says... Read more
Deadly Crash

Fatal crash closes interstate


A fatal crash closed the I-610 heading eastbound near the St. Bernard exit early this morning.  Witnesses report a victim ejected from a vehicle. This crash came just minutes after NOPD cleared a crash that closed the I-10 heading westbound at the Highrise... Read more
Tigers Lose

Tigers run in the SEC Tournament ends in semifinals


LSU's 12-game winning streak at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium and 9-game winning streak in the SEC Tournament came to an end on Saturday as Florida rallied to beat LSU 2-1. The Fighting Tigers had nine hits, but they left eight runners on base.  Read more...
Jindal vs Obama

Poll: Obama more popular than Jindal in Louisiana


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's approval rating in Louisiana is at an all time low according to a new survey. Bernie Pinsonat conducts the Southern Media and Opinion Resarch Poll. He says they found Jindal got a 31.8% positive job performance rating from likely Louisiana voters.  Read more...
More Fast Food

Burgers are far from rare in Louisiana


America's largest fast-food hamburger chains have found a friendly home in Louisiana.There are 6.3 McDonald's restaurants and 4.1 Burger Kings per 100,000 residents in Louisiana, the fifth- and second-highest rates, respectively, in the country... Read more
Early Risers

Study: Morning people are healthier than night owls


You've heard the term "nothing good ever happens after midnight."  There may be something to that.  New research suggesting that being a 'morning person' can help keep you healthy. The study shows 'night people' are at a higher risk for several unhealthy conditions... Read more
Highest Rates?

Louisiana is 5th most expensive state for car insurance


Louisiana continues to be among the most expensive states in the country for auto insurance. The most recent study by InsuranceQuotes.com, says Louisiana is the fifth most expensive, with rates 33 percent higher than the national average.  Read more...

#1 LSU takes the series from #2 Texas A&M


Number one ranked LSU and Texas A&M played another classic college baseball game on Friday and for the second straight night the Tigers came out on top. The Bayou Bengal bats erupted for four runs in the 7th inning to erase a three-run deficit... Read more
Indicted

Durst indicted in New Orleans


Prosecutors in New Orleans are turning up the heat on millionaire Robert Durst.  A day before a crucial hearing on extraditing the wealthy heir to Los Angeles, grand jurors have handed up indictments on gun charges.  Read more...
Survivor!

Man survives 66 days after boat flips in ocean


A man whose family reported him missing at sea more than two months ago was found floating on the overturned hull of his sailboat 200 miles off the North Carolina coast on Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.  Read more...
Moving On

Humans hardwired to handle a breakup and move on


We appear to have a mechanism in our brains designed to pull us through a very tumultuous time in our lives.  St. Louis University researchers suggests people will recover after a breakup. 
Read more...
Tax Hikes?

Louisianians want budget hole resolved with cuts and tax hikes


How do Louisiana voters want the more than one billion dollar budget hole fixed? The 2015 Louisiana Survey reveals that 83-percent of Louisianians want the state's budget deficit to be resolved through a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes.  Read more...
Beer!

Abita Brewing contributes to U.S. craft beer growth


Craft beers accounted for 11% of U.S. beer sales volume in 2014, marking the first time that segment reached the double-digit mark, according to an annual industry report. And local brewer, Abita, did its part to contribute to that mark.  Read more...
Pels Win

Davis scores 43 as Pelicans beat Bucks


Anthony Davis matched a career-high with 43 points and also had 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in the New Orleans Pelicans' 114-103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
Eric Gordon added 16 points for the Pelicans, who have won two in a row.  Read more...
LSU Wins

Tigers cut down Lumberjacks 8-1


New first baseman Danny Zardon crushed his second home run of the season and four LSU relievers combined to toss five innings of one-hit ball as LSU (11-1) downed Stephen F. Austin (4-9) X-X at Alex Box Stadium on Tuesday night.  Read more...
New Career

Edwin Edwards going for real estate license


Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards is making news again as he plans to seek his real estate license. The former four term governor and ex-con says with an 18-month old child and young wife, he would like to make sure there is a nice nest egg left behind... Read more
JP Mardi Gras

Pictures: Fat Tuesday Fun in Metairie


The cold conditions couldn't keep revelers away from the Metairie parade route.  Check out some of the sights along the way...
Parade Changes

Weather moves parades


Predictions of nasty weather Monday and on Fat Tuesday itself prompted Houma authorities to move three parades scheduled on those days up to Sunday, so four were rolling.  Read more...
BP Trial

Trial ends over how much BP should pay for Gulf oil spill


The latest phase of a trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — which could reach $13.7 billion — ended Monday, but a decision from the judge is not expected for months.  Read more...
Crawfish Time?

Louisiana's favorite crustaceans arriving for Christmas


Mudbugs are beginning to pop up in Louisiana. We're beginning to see crawfish advertised at metro area restaurants and grocery stores. "For a lot of producers, crawfish season has begun," says Dr. Greg Lutz, Crawfish Researcher at the LSU Ag Center.  Read more...
Random Cuttings

Woman cuts random victims in the French Quarter


New Orleans Police say a woman with some sort of blade stabbed or cut two people in the French Quarter in what appears to be unprovoked attacks.  "The NOPD is asking for the public's assistance in locating an unknown female... Read more
Freezing Again

Another freeze warning through Saturday morning


"Another unseasonably cold night is expected tonight as cold high pressure settles over the area," the National Weather Service said in a Freeze Warning for most of Southeast Louisiana Friday into Saturday.  Read more...
Peterson Plea

Peterson enters plea bargain in child abuse case


Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson entered a "no contest" plea to misdemeanor charges in his child abuse case today.  The judge accepted the plea that was part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.  Read more...

Causeway crash kills worker, closes bridge


A fiery crash over Lake Pontchartrain killed one person and shut down the southbound Causeway Bridge Monday afternoon. Officials say one vehicle had to be pulled from the water. A body was recovered in the lake.  Read more...
Frost Sunday?

Cold air pushing in, bringing frost to Louisiana


It looks like the coldest weather, so far, this fall will hit Louisiana this weekend.  CS Ross, with the National Weather Service, says a cold front is moving through the Bayou State today. "Ushering in a much cooler air mass for this weekend.  Read more...
Orpheus

Dierks Bentley headlines Orpheus


The Krewe of Orpheus says country music star Dierks Bentley will ride in the krewe's parade in Lundi Gras night and headline the 2015 Orpheuscapade. "With over five million albums sold, 11 GRAMMY nominations, membership in the Grand Ole Opry... Read more
Ebola Concern

LSU worker to stay off campus after trip to Africa


Louisiana State University says an employee who trained Liberian police officers to use protective clothing has been asked to stay off campus for three weeks — the period during which Ebola virus symptoms could show up.  Read more...
Teacher Sex

Police release report on teacher sex case


Police have released the arrest report in the case of two Destrehan teachers who allegedly had group sex with a teenager in Kenner. The report shows that the teachers allegedly, "had consensual sexual intercourse with a 16 year old juvenile."  Read more...
Bodies ID'd

Family IDs bodies of woman, child found by highway


Family members say the bodies of a woman and a young child that were found in the grass along Interstate 10 in New Orleans have been identified and are the pair who had been reported missing since Saturday.  Read more...
Bodies Found

Dead child and woman found along I-10


New Orleans Police are investigating after the discovery of the bodies of a child and a woman along Interstate 10. Officer Hilal Williams says they bodies were at I-10 W along the Old Gentilly on ramp.  Read more...
EJ Shooting

Shooting near East Jefferson High School campus


One person was shot near the East Jefferson High School campus as a football game was wrapping up Friday night. An email from the sheriff's office says, "male victim, non life threatening injuries."  Read more...

Shots fired during chase on the Causeway


Police say they chased an armed robbery suspect on the Causeway late Saturday night. Witnesses report hearing shots fired. Cops closed the bridge in both directions.  Read more...
Capt. Killed

Tug pilot killed after crane hits bridge


A man died early this morning when a crane fell on the wheelhouse of his tugboat. It happened on the Industrial Canal. The captain of the tugboat was killed after the crane he was pushing slammed into the Florida Avenue Bridge and then collapsed onto the tug.  Read more...
Secret Shooting?

Cop shoots man, NOPD keeps it quiet


New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas today apologized for his department failing to disclose that one of his officers shot a man in the head earlier this week. It came after the injured man's lawyer notified the media about the incident.  Read more...
Lt. Gov?

John Young running for Louisiana Lt. Governor


Jefferson Parish President John Young today announced he wants to be Louisiana's next lieutenant governor. "I have a proud record of standing up for Louisiana, and I am running for Lieutenant Governor... Read more
300lbs of Pot

Big drug bust on I-12


Louisiana State Police say they found a huge haul of pot in the back of a car on I-12. "Colonel Mike Edmonson is pleased to announce the discovery of approximately 300 lbs. of suspected marijuana during a proactive interstate traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish... Read more
Men in Dresses

Red Dresses for Everyone!


Thousands of women and thousands of men put on red dresses for the annual Red Dress Run in New Orleans' French Quarter.  Check out the pics of the after party on Bourbon Street...  See the photos
Looking For...

Police looking for 2 more people in probe of Bourbon shooting


New Orleans Police are looking for two additional people in the probe of the shooting on Bourbon Street that left one bystander dead and nine wounded. "We have infrared still shots of two individuals who may have critical information related to the Bourbon Street shooting... Read more
3rd of July

Uncle Sam Jam, one of many early July 4th festivities


Jefferson Parish gets a head start on 4th of July with tonight's Uncle Sam Jam in Lafreniere Park. It's a free event featuring great music and a big fireworks show. Jefferson Parish Councilman Ben Zahn says the live music starts at 5:30...  Read more
Victim Info

Police release info on Bourbon Street victims


New Orleans Police say six of the people shot on Bourbon Street are from out of state, while four are locals. Here is the list NOPD provided with the victims' ages, conditions and where they are from:  Read more...
NOPD video

NOPD releases video of 'person of interest' in Bourbon Street Shooting


The NOPD has released a surveillance tape of a person of interest in the Sunday morning shooting on Bourbon Street.  Watch

 
9 Shot

Cops: 9 people shot on Bourbon Street


New Orleans Police say there are a total of nine victims shot on Bourbon Street early this morning. "Nine victims, six are in stable condition, two are in critical condition," said NOPD Officer Frank Robertson. ... Read more
Handover Video

VIDEO: Handover of US soldier


The Taliban on Wednesday released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. Read more...
SEC Champs

LSU wins the SEC Baseball Championship


The LSU baseball team found itself in a defensive struggle with the Florida Gators for the SEC title. The game was scoreless through 7 and a third innings. LSU finally got on the board with a 2 run homer by Tiger designated hitter Sean McMullen. Read more...
Celebrations

4th of July Events


From the City to the suburbs, Southshore to Northshore, Eastbank to Westbank; there are celebrations for Independence day planned.  Starting JUne 29th and running through the 4th of July, there are all kinds of events.  Click here to read a list of the celebrations...
 
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