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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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Flags Lowered

The Latest: Louisiana governor orders flags at half-staff


Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered that flags at state government buildings be flown at half-staff in a show of respect for victims of a shooting in a Lafayette movie theater. Read more...
LSU #13

LSU ranked #13 in preseason football poll


College football coaches rank LSU #13 in the preseason poll. Ohio State is #1, followed by TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Oregon in the top 5. USA Today reports that more than a third of the top 25 teams are from the SEC.  Read more and see the full rankings...
Theater Shooting

One week after theater shooting, Lafayette comes together to heal


A community gathering in Lafayette to reflect on those lost and injured in The Grand movie theater shooting will take place tonight at Blackham Coliseum. Lafayette Government Spokesperson Cyrda Wingerter says many are still struggling with what happened... Read more
Wins & Loses

Poll: Trump leads GOP, would lose to any Democrat


A just released Quinnipiac poll has both good and bad news for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  It finds he is the leader among GOP hopefuls, but would lose a head to head race with the Democrats if the election were held today.  Read more...
Older Cars

Older cars are on our roads in record numbers


Cars, trucks and SUVs on the road these days are breaking new records.  A report finds that the average age of a car on U.S. highways is 11.5 years old, the highest that number has ever been.  Read more...
No Charges?

DA says charges against LSU quarterback will likely be dropped


East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says it's likely that the criminal charges against LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings could be dropped. The QB and two other Tigers are accused of breaking into an apartment... Read more
Body Found

Firefighters recover body from Mississippi River


New Orleans police say the body of an unidentified man has been found floating in the Mississippi River. Police spokesman Juan D. Barnes Sr. says the body was recovered by firefighters near St. Peter and Decatur streets late Wednesday night.  Read more...
Satchmo

Louis Armstrong exhibit opening


The 'Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans' exhibition, a collaboration between the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City and the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, opens this week.  Read more...
Kidnapping

Cops: Man kidnapped woman in Houma, raped her in Metairie


Cops say a man kidnapped a woman in Houma, then raped her in his apartment in Metairie. "It was determined that the adult female victim was standing outside of her residence on Andrew Dale Drive in west Houma late Monday night... Read more
Blasts NFL

Kraft says he was wrong to put faith in the NFL


Patriots owner Robert Kraft says, "I was wrong to put my faith in the league." His comments came today in reaction to the NFL refusing to reduce the suspension of his quarterback.  Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension for the scandal known as Deflategate... Read more
Nagin Appeal

Nagin's appeal hearing set for October


A federal appeals court will hear arguments in Ray Nagin's challenge to his conviction on fraud charges. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has put the former New Orleans mayor's case on the calendar for the week of Oct. 5.  Read more...
Cops Kill

Officers put on leave after fatal police shooting in Houma


Eight law enforcement officers who shot at a 45-year-old man who was killed after an east Houma car chase Monday have been placed on administrative leave. Jean Paul Falgout was killed in a hail of bullets after police say he pointed a handgun at the officers... Read more
Things to Watch

Five story lines to follow during Saints training camp


Other than veteran Marques Colston, who is injured, the only returning regular in the receiving corps is 2014 first-round pick Brandin Cooks, whose promising rookie year was cut short by injury.   Read more...
Training Camp

Saints to test revamped roster in training camp


New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is about to find out if his decision to jettison half a dozen prominent players has put his squad back on a playoff trajectory.  Read more...
Drowning?

Search underway for missing swimmer in Mississippi River


Authorities are searching for a man who disappeared while swimming in the Mississippi River in New Orleans on Tuesday night.  Read more...
Cosby Claim

Writer describes hos Bill Cosby allegedly attacked her in New Orleans


One of the women accusing Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her says it happened in New Orleans.  Writer Sammie Mays is one of 35 women on the cover of the latest New York Magazine who claim the comedian attacked her.   Read more...
Deadly Crash

Mother, 4-year-old child die after head-on collision


A mother and her 4-year-old son have been killed in a head-on collision in Plaquemines Parish that has left a child in another vehicle critically injured. Plaquemines Sheriff's Office Cmdr. Eric Becnel tells local media that 25-year-old Jenny Taing and her 4-year-old son died... Read more
No Flags?

Theater shooting: No red flags reported at time of gun sale


John Russell Houser's mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean, the pawn shop said... Read more
Cops Kill

Police shoot and kill 3 in 3 days in 3 Louisiana cities


Police in Louisiana have shot and killed three men in three cities over three days. Each was self-defense, said police spokesmen in Houma, Shreveport and New Orleans. Authorities said an unidentified man shot Monday in Houma pointed a gun at officers... Read more
Funerals

Friends, family mourn women killed in theater shooting


Jillian Johnson was an artistic force in the Lafayette community who worked to beautify her neighborhood while Mayci Breaux was a young woman looking forward to a new job and married life with a longtime boyfriend.  Read more...
Woman Stabs

Woman stabs and robs man in French Quarter


New Orleans Police are looking for a woman they say stabbed and robbed a man in the French Quarter. Officers were called to the 800 block of  Toulouse around 2:00am today. "Victim was approached by... Read more
Gun Control

Lafayette shooting spurs gun control debate


The Lafayette theater shooting is sparking arguments over gun control once again and whether more laws are needed to prevent such tragedies. Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarman says we need stronger gun laws... Read more
LSU Football

Analyst anticipates a good year for LSU Football


College football analyst Phil Steele believes the LSU Tigers will be one the surprise teams in the upcoming season. Steele says LSU's defense will be fast and one of the best in the country and he likes the offensive line. Read more...
Funerals Today

Funerals today for theater shooting victims, a popular student and outgoing arti


Funerals for the two women shot and killed while watching a movie in Lafayette are scheduled for today. One was a popular student studying to be a radiology technician, while the other was an outgoing artist who ran retail boutiques in two Louisiana cities.  Read more...
Bad Tags

Bad brake tags


The state Office of Motor Vehicles has received a bad batch of brake tags from a vendor. Many motorists in the metro area are seeing their inspections stickers falling off their windshields. The adhesive on those tags has not been adhering...apparently because of the heat.  Read more...
Hot Cars

Hundreds of calls coming in about kids locked in hot cars


Emergency crews from throughout the state say they've responded to hundreds of calls about children locked in cars this summer. Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department says the heat index has reached triple digits in recent weeks and leaving your kid in a car... Read more
Theater Shooting

Police: 3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman


A lone gunman sitting in a packed movie theater stood up about 20 minutes into the showing of "Trainwreck" and began firing into the crowd, killing two and wounding at least nine others Thursday night before fatally shooting himself, authorities said.  Read more...
Mass Shooting

Official: 3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman


A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, Lousiana on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before shooting and killing himself, officials said. The gunman, a 58-year-old "lone white male," fired his weapon... Read more
Six Shot

2 victims and gunman dead, others injured after shooting in Lafayette movie thea


A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana tonight. Two of the victims and the shooter are dead...Read more...
 
Less Clout

Louisiana losing clout in Washington


Louisiana has seen its influence take a serious hit in Washington. According to The Hill, a Washington, DC newspaper, Louisiana's congressional "Clout Index" has fallen from 4th to 30th now that Mary Landrieu is no longer a member of the Louisiana delegation.  Read more...
Jindal Poll

Jindal ranks 13th in Iowa poll for Republican presidential nomination


A republican presidential nomination poll conducted by KBUR/WAA in Iowa, places Governor Bobby Jindal in 13th with 2 percent from likely caucus goers. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker leads with 18 percent.  Read more...
Party District?

Night life in New Orleans' Warehouse District on the rise


An increasingly popular stretch of Tchoupitoulas in the Warehouse District is about to welcome yet another nightspot. The Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden is scheduled to open in mid-August at 840 Tchoupitoulas as a year-round, Oktoberfest-inspired drinking hall.  Read more...
Bow & Gun

Louisiana hunters can now carry guns during bow season


Louisiana hunters are now allowed to carry any firearm of their choice during bow hunting season.  In the past, hunters were only allowed to carry a .22 caliber pistol loaded with rat shot that could only kill small pests.  Read more...
Tigers-Cajuns

Tigers and Cajuns to meet in the Super Regionals


It's LSU and UL Lafayette in a super regional series this weekend at Alex Box Stadium. Both teams advanced out of their respective regionals, the Tigers defeated UNC-Wilmington 2-0, while the Cajuns defeated Rice 5-2.  Read more...
Tigers Win

LSU advances to Super Regional with win over UNCW


The LSU baseball team took the lead in today's Baton Rouge Regional in the second inning and never looked back. The Tigers beat UNC Wilmington 2 - 0 to advance to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament.  Read more...
Postponed

LSU in Regional finals postponed to Monday


Officials have decided to postpone LSU's next game in the postseason to Monday. The regional final will be played at noon.  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

#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
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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