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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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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

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
Camp Impact?

Flooding closes historic Greenbrier resort where Saints hold camp


A historic West Virginia resort located in one of the hardest-hit areas of flooding remains closed to guests until further notice. The 710-room Greenbrier resort sustained damage from the flooding and was using backup generators, according to a post on its Facebook page.  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
23 Dead

23 dead in West Virginia floods; search and rescue continues


As a deluge swamped southeast West Virginia — a disaster that killed at least 23 people — Ronnie Scott's wife called him and told him their house was filling up with water. She fled to the attic with two dogs and a cat and waited. She smelled natural gas. Then, the house blew up. Read more...
Child Abuse?

Agencies at odds over mom who whipped her kids over alleged burglary


State and local agencies are apparently not in agreement on what to do in the case of a mother who harshly disciplined her sons... who she says committed a crime.  The punishment for the 10, 12 and 13 year old boys is generating emotional debate. Read more...
Boil Water

Covington issues 'precautionary boil water advisory'


Residents of Covington are being advised that it is possible a portion of the water system could have become contaminated. The city has issued a boil water advisory as a precaution after officials say a section of new water line was not fully tested before a faulty valve allowed... Read more
TOPS $

TOPS fully funded for fall, not spring


Just before midnight, the Louisiana legislature gave final approval to a spending bill that calls for the TOPS scholarship program to be fully funded for the fall semester. West Monroe Senator Mike Walsworth says it’s the right thing to do. "We made a promise to our kids... Read more
Brexit

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...
Affirmative

Affirmative action plan survives Supreme Court review


The University of Texas admissions program that takes account of race has survived another round at the Supreme Court.  The justices on Thursday upheld the Texas program by a 4-3 vote.  Read more...
Baby Cakes?

Voting starts today on Zephyrs final choices for new name


By this time next year, the Zephyrs baseball team will have a new name.  It could be Crawfish or Baby Cakes.  The franchise is rebranding the minor league baseball team in order to be "more New Orleans."  The ballclub's current nickname actually comes from... Read more
Session End

Questions surrounding budget as special session ends


There’s uncertainty involving next fiscal year’s budget as the second special session ends today. Lawmakers have approved legislation that raises tax revenues by $258 million. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says there could be one more attempt to raise even more... Read more
Cop Killed

Sheriff calls deputy's death 'cold-blooded murder'


A 19-year-old walking down Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey in the middle of the afternoon shot and killed a deputy after the officer tried to search him, the sheriff said Wednesday, labelling the shooting "a cold-blooded murder."  Read more...
Gun Control

Dems stage election-year sit-in on guns, GOP unmoved


A drained and dwindling group of Democrats, some draped in blankets and toting pillows, carried their remarkable House floor sit-in past daybreak Thursday, disrupting the business of Congress in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage with demands for... Read more
Curbside

Curbside grocery pickup?


Walmart customers can now place their grocery orders on-line and have them delivered to their vehicles at stores in Covington, Kenner and Slidell at no extra cost. The service enables customers to get their groceries without even leaving their cars. Read more...
Officer Down

Deputy shot and killed in Jefferson Parish, suspect arrested


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office is reporting an officer has been shot and killed on Manhattan Blvd. on the Westbank.  The call of an "officer down" came out around 12:20pm.  Read more...
Sex Crimes

Audit: NOPD now actually investigating all rape reports


Following a scathing 2014 report that found New Orleans Police were essentially ignoring two thirds of all reported rapes, the city's inspector general has released a new audit of the sex crimes unit.  "Our latest audit shows our 2014 reports launched a turnaround for NOPD... Read more
Gator Bite

Alligator euthanized after biting Florida man on the leg


Sheriff's officials in central Florida say a 58-year-old man is recovering after an alligator attacked him. The attack happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Bushnell after the man found the gator on his property and shot it.  When the man moved closer... Read more
Pot Tickets

NOPD to make fewer pot arrests as of today


New Orleans Police are changing their tactics today when it comes with people suspected of simple possession of marijuana.  The updated policy that means fewer dope smokers will go to jail. "We've deployed a new procedure to reflect the changes to the law... Read more
Zika Concern

McIlroy out of Rio Olympics over Zika concerns


Rory McIlroy says he will not be competing in the golf tournament at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns over the Zika virus. In a statement released by his management company on Wednesday, the four-time major winner says ``I've come to realize that... Read more
Shark Bite

Man says shark bit him off South Carolina coast


A 42-year-old Delaware man is being treated after he says he was bitten by a shark off the South Carolina coast.  A spokesman for the city of North Myrtle Beach, Pat Dowling, tells news outlets the man was bitten on the foot Tuesday afternoon by what the man said was a shark... Read more
Attack Plan?

Feds: Homeland Security employee caught with gun, knife


Federal prosecutors are investigating whether a Department of Homeland Security employee with top-secret clearance was planning an attack at the agency's Washington headquarters when he entered the building with a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray and... Read more
Diverted

Official: Plane diverts after man tries to kiss teen


An official says a flight was diverted to the Seattle area after a man tried to kiss a sleeping girl next to him on the airplane. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said Tuesday that Port of Seattle police arrested the 23-year-old California man for... Read more
Go for Drones

White House clears small, commercial drones for takeoff


The Obama administration has cleared the way for routine commercial use of small drones. The decision comes after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology. The Federal Aviation Administration has created... Read more
Angola 5

US Supreme Court declines to hear 'Angola 5' appeal


The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case of David Brown, the "Angola 5" member who was sentenced to death for the killing of a prison guard during a 1999 escape attempt. A state judge overturned the death sentence, but it was reinstated in... Read more
State of City

Landrieu: State of the City is 'strong and getting stronger'


What is the state of the city of New Orleans?  Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered an upbeat report today. "The state of your city is strong and is getting stronger every day," the mayor said in his annual report card on New Orleans.  "Your city, the city of New Orleans, has become a... Read more
Jail Control

Sheriff Gusman gives up daily control of jail


Opponents fighting to remove Sheriff Marlon Gusman from managing the Orleans Parish Prison say they support a settlement announced in court today, that has the sheriff relinquishing control of the day to day operation of the facility. "The agreement announced today... Read more
More Lightning

State Farm: Louisiana ranks third for lightning claims


Louisiana ranks third in the country for lightning claims, according to State Farm. Roszell Gadson with State Farm says in 2015, the insurance company paid out over $6 million on almost 1,400 lightning claims, averaging $4,600 each.  Read more...
What to Eat

What to Eat Tuesday... Italian food!


Where can you get great Italian food in and around New Orleans?  On today's edition of What to Eat Tuesday during the Early Edition of WWL First News we asked listeners to share their suggestions. A few places that got a lot of listener accolades included... Read more and see the list
Trump $

Lagging in fundraising, Trump calls on GOP for support


Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday that he was struggling to rally fellow Republicans after new reports show him badly lagging Hillary Clinton in campaign cash. Reports released Monday showed Trump's campaign started June with $1.3 million in the bank, compared with... Read more
Jail Control

Court meeting could result in compromise on Orleans jail


The battle over control of the troubled New Orleans jail may be coming to an end. This morning's testimony has been canceled in the federal court case over whether Sheriff Marlin Gusman should continue to run the jail. Gusman has scheduled... Read more
Alzheimer's

Pennington looking for participants for Alzheimer's research


LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking for volunteers for a first-of-its-kind study to slow memory loss as a result of Alzheimer’s.  Director of Pennington’s Institute for Dementia Research, Dr. Jeffery Keller, says they’re seeking people ages 50 to 85 who are... Read more
How's the City

What is the state of the city of New Orleans?


Mayor Mitch Landrieu will deliver the 2016 State of the City Address today. We asked people downtown what their thoughts are on the state of the city of New Orleans.  "I think that the city is doing better than a couple of years ago," a young woman said. "Our city overall, needs... Read more
Jail Fight

Jail dispute in New Orleans may be near resolution


There were signs Monday that a resolution is near in a federal court dispute over whether the sheriff in New Orleans should continue to run the city's violence-plagued jail. Lawyers for the Justice Department and inmate advocates asked a federal judge in April to... 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
Liar?

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

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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