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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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Murder Suspect

Arrest in pizza delivery murder


Cops have arrested a suspect in the killing of a pizza delivery driver in the Ninth Ward. "Around 7:00 a.m., NOPD officers arrested Michael Portis... Read more
Just a Sip?

A sip as a kid could make children more prone to binge drinking later?


There's new research showing that teens are more apt to binge drink later on if parents let them sip alcohol as kids. Could there be a troubling legacy down the line if mom or dad let their children have a taste of their drink when they're young?  Read more...

Gay rights activists could target Louisiana next


Could Louisiana be the next state targeted because of it's laws dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals? "That leaves a wind open door for the activists to start pushing organizations not to bring their conventions here, not to bring their sporting events... Read more
Oil Impact

Gulf oil spill impact 5 years later


A report from the National Wildlife Federation provides evidence that sea turtles, dolphins, fish and birds are still suffering from the BP oill spill that occurred nearly five years ago. Lead author of the report, Ryan Fikes, says the number of Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests have declined... Read more
More Breakfast

McDonald's to test all-day breakfast


A McMuffin for dinner? It might happen, as McDonald's plans to test an all-day breakfast at some locations in the San Diego area starting next month. The company said in a statement that the test is in response to customers who have said...  Read more
Recording Kids

Cops: Man recorded video of neighborhood children


A Louisiana man's bond is set at three-million dollars, and he faces up to 120 years in prison if convicted on child pornography charges. State Police trooper Matt Harris says during a search of 60-year-old Robert Childs' Bossier Parish home they found cameras that were... Read more
Too Much?

Immigration problems impact Louisiana's crawfish season


Going into what is supposed to be the biggest sales week of the crawfish season, processor Dexter Guillory says he is nothing but worried. One month into the peak season, during which the crawfish industry makes most of its money, an immigration kerfuffle... 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...
Woman Killed

Cops looking for driver after hit and run left 71-year-old dead


Investigators hope tips can lead them to the driver of a sports car that hit and killed an elderly woman. Police say a 71-year-old woman was killed when a motorist hit her while she was crossing a street with her walker early Sunday morning.  Read more...
Million $ Homes

Metro area million-dollar mansions are a hot commodity


Homes valued at a million dollars or more are moving at a rapid pace in the New Orleans metro area. Eleanor Farnsworth, with Gardner Realtors, specializes in high-end real estate, and says it's wonderful.  Read more...
Zoo Fun

New Lazy River at Audubon Zoo


The latest water attraction opens Sunday at Audubon Zoo. It's a lazy river called Gator Run. The river is part of the Cool Zoo splash park. There are two sand beaches and four water cannons that people can use to spray the visitors floating by on the river.  Read more...
Tigers Lose

Bad luck and mental mistakes come back to bite LSU


Baseball can be a weird game decided by tough luck and what-ifs. Jake Fraley’s sacrifice fly in the 12th inning could have been a walk-off three-run homer if the wind wasn’t blowing in. Read more...
Deleted Files

Gowdy: Clinton wiped email server clean, deleted all emails


Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server "clean," permanently deleting all emails from it, the Republican chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said Friday. Read more...
Coyote Traps

St. John works to catch coyotes


Officials in St. John Parish want to stop coyotes in their tracks. Officials today announced they are working with the Wildlife and Fisheries, Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator to remove coyotes from residential areas within the parish.  Read more...
LA Population

Census expert says Louisiana needs to see more growth


Demographer Elliot Stonecipher says Louisiana could be in jeopardy of losing another Congressional seat if the state doesn't see more growth in population. Stonecipher is making that statement based on new Census figures... Read more
Pilot Illness

Co-pilot may have hid illness from employers


German prosecutors say they have found evidence that the co-pilot of the Germanwings plan which crashed in the French Alps appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers.  Read more...
Speed Control

Car that stays within the speed limit?


How would you feel about driving a car that automatically maintains the proper speed for you.   Ford is building a car that does just that.  The automaker says it will help us avoid getting speeding tickets, especially with automated camera systems.  Read more...
Weekend Fun

Spring Fest Season brings regional food favorites, BBQ and book lovers


It's a busy weekend in New Orleans as winter is behind us and festival season gears up. Across the region there are all kinds of fun things to do.  Click here for a list and links...
Lodged in Fence

Man found dead with head stuck between fence bars


Officials say a man was found dead today near the corner of Carrollton and Tulane in New Orleans, but reports that he was impaled on a fence are apparently not accurate. "EMS received a call shortly after seven this morning for an unknown age male, adult male unresponsive... Read more
False Rape

Police: Woman lies about being raped by cop to cover affair


Northshore officials say a woman lied about being raped by a cop to hide an affair. "Gina Louise Causey... of Abita Springs arrived at the Mandeville Police Complex to file a report alleging she had been the victim of a violent rape at gunpoint," Corporal Kevin Covert said.  Read more...
Required Driver

Bill would require drinkers have a designated driver


Should Louisiana law require that people going out drinking prove that they have a designated driver?  A bill filed in the House for the upcoming legislative session calls for just that.  Read more...
Intentional!

Prosecutor: Co-Pilot intentionally crashed plane


Only the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 was in the cockpit when the Airbus A320 slammed into a steep mountainside in the French Alps, a French prosecutor confirmed Thursday.  Read more...
Goat Beheaded

Reward increased in goat beheading video


The Louisiana SPCA is now offering a reward of $13,000 for information about a 12-second video of five men beheading a goat. CEO Anna Zorilla says the men in the video are laughing and cheering as one of the men chops off the goats head with a sword of machete.  Read more...
Mistaken ID

Are those giant mosquitoes? No. Mosquito hawks? No.


You may have noticed, what you thought were large mosquitoes buzzing around your yard.   What are these large mosquito-looking insects anyway.  They sure look like mosquitoes, but they're not.  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...
Super Bowls?

New Orleans to be ''smarter'' competing for Super Bowls


New Orleans may be more selective in bidding on future Super Bowls. "We have to be smarter in how we compete for future Super Bowls," Chairman of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District Ron Foreman told WWL First News.  Read more...
Newborn Killed

Father charged with killing baby that wouldn't stop crying


Northshore cops have charged a dad from Livingston Parish with the killing of his infant daughter.  It happened in the town of Walker.The newborn was taken off life support this week after initially being hospitalized April 19th.  Read more...
Brandin Cooks
Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks makes a catch as he runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Saints trade up to get receiver


The New Orleans Saints traded up to the #20 spot in the NFL draft.  The Black and Gold swapped picks with Arizona and game the Cardinals their 3rd round pick to make the jump.  Read more...
Racism

''Racist images'' found in Plaquemines Parish


Cops in Plaquemines Parish and the FBI are investigating what police call "racist images." "The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified about a rope with a noose-like knot hanging from a willow tree on the Mississippi River batture... Read more
Donate

A day of giving - GiveNolaDay


Today is the first community wide day of giving in the Greater New Orleans Area. It's GiveNolaDay, the community's first one day, online giving event to inspire people to give to their favorite nonprofit organizations who make our region stronger.  Read more...
Plane Problem

LSU plane problem causes ''a little scary'' situation for baseball team


The LSU Baseball team had some tense moments Thursday night after a mechanical problem with the plane the team was taking to Texas. "A little scary," Mainieri said in a text message to the student newspaper the Reveille. Read more...
Suspended

FSU's Winston suspended from baseball team after shoplifting charge


Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, a two-sport star at Florida State, was suspended from the baseball team Wednesday after receiving a citation for taking food from a supermarket without paying for it.  Read more...
Skin Cancer

Sun warnings apparently falling on deaf ears


Decades of efforts to get people to protect themselves from skin cancer-causing sun and tanning beds appear to be failing. Despite the warnings, people do not seem to be listening when it comes to overdoing it in the sun. Read more...
Body in Vent

Sheriff: Would-be burglar found dead in oven vent


Authorities say a business owner arrived at work to find the legs of dead man dangling from an oven vent in the building's kitchen. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says the discovery was made Saturday morning by the owner of Greg's Food Mart in Marrero.  Read more...
Kidnapped Child

Abita Springs child kidnapped, locked in bathroom


Nortshore cops say a man kidnapped a six-year-old boy in Abita Springs. Detectives say the mom called after the child disappeared from the yard. "Shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, the mother of a 6-year-old Abita Springs boy called 911 to report her son was missing... Read more
Unlawful?

Expert: JPSO appears to violate suspect's Constitutional rights


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is defending a deputy's action seen in a video posted to social media.  In the video a man being arrested begs to know why he is going to jail and pleads with the deputy not to shoot him.  A law professor says it appears his rights were violated.  Read more and see the video...
Married Heart

LSU cardiologist agrees: Marriage is good for your heart


Here's one more reason to tie the knot. Apparently, marriage is good for the heart. A study just released by New York University's Langone Medical Center found married people have fewer heart problems than those who are single, widowed or divorced.  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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