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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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Grease Attack

Woman surrenders in case of man attacked with boiling grease


Cops in Houma say a woman who attacked her sleeping ex-boyfriend has surrendered.   Lynette Tyese Joseph turned herself in this morning to face charges. "Joseph arrived at the Houma Police Department... and voluntarily turned herself in to officers... 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...
LSU-Florida

Tigers take on the Gators for a trip to the SEC title game


The top ranked LSU baseball team takes on Florida in the SEC Tournament Semifinals Saturday.  The game starts at 3:30pm. Freshman Alex Lange (10-0, 2.11) will get the start on full six-days rest.  Read more...
Low Gas $

Memorial Day weekend gas prices lowest since 2009


As motorists begin hitting the road for the Memorial Day weekend, Gasbuddy-dot-com says they'll see the lowest gas prices since 2009. Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says the current average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Louisiana is $2.45 a gallon.  Read more...
Sex Change

Transgender California inmate left in limbo on surgery


An unusual confluence of events means it could be months before a transgender California inmate knows if she will have the sex reassignment surgery that she says is critical to her mental health.  Read more...
Pot Brownies

Northshore teacher allegedly fed students pot brownies


An Archbishop Hannan High School teacher quit and then turned herself in after being accused of passing out brownies laced with marijuana to two girls. Camille Brennan turned herself in Thursday... Read more
Sex = Health

Active sex life may prolong life


During this year's annual meeting of the American Urological Association in New Orleans, researchers affirmed what may be the first modifiable risk factor for prostate cancer: orgasms.
"A modifiable risk factor is something you can change in your lifestyle... Read more
Water Attack

Cops: Woman dumped boiling water on sleeping man


Authorities say a woman attacked her sleeping ex-boyfriend with boiling water and thumbtacks. Police Chief Todd Duplantis says 36-year-old Lynette Tyese Joseph threw a pot of boiling water on her sleeping 33 year-old ex-boyfriend.  Read more...
 
Senior Health

Louisiana ranks last in United Health 2015 Senior Report


The United Health Foundation ranks Louisiana 50th in the nation for Senior Health. That's last according to the Annual America's Health Rankings 2015 Senior Report.  Read more...
Letterman Done

David Letterman leaves late night with thanks and a smile


There are those who will argue that the world of television hasn't suffered such a loss in nearly a generation, and they're right. When David Letterman signed off CBS' "Late Show" for good Wednesday, he closed the book on more than his own incomparable career in late night. Read more...
More Travel

Record travels this Memorial Day weekend


AAA expects more Americans to travel this Memorial Day weekend than they have in the last 10 years. Spokesman Don Redman says they predict a 5-percent increase from last year in people who will travel for the holiday weekend.  Read more...
LSU Wins

Tigers take on Razorbacks in SEC Baseball Tournament


Number one ranked LSU baseball takes on Arkasas tonight in the SEC Tournament after the team rallied back from a five-run deficit to beat Auburn 9-8 last night. The Tigers exploded for six runs in the 5th inning... Read more
Classroom Sex

Teacher accused of letting students have sex


An Atlanta-area teacher has been arrested after a parent complained he allowed middle school students to have sex in a storage unit in his classroom.   Read more...
Super Bowl?

New Orleans to compete again for upcoming Super Bowls


New Orleans now has a shot at redemption after tasting the first taste of defeat when it comes to lobbying for a Super Bowl. A year after the NFL shot down a Crescent City bid for the first time ever, the league has invited New Orleans back to compete... Read more
FB & Divorce

Facebook could land you in divorce court?


Could social media be doing irreparable harm to your marriage?  Some experts say it is disconnecting people instead of having them cuddling in bed, for instance. If one spouse is looking at Facebook all the time and the other isn't, problems arise. Read more...
Gov. Race

Most voters not interested in Governor's race right now


According to a recent survey by the LSU Public Policy Research lab, voters in Louisiana are still not tuned in to the upcoming Governor's race. The numbers show only 25% of people here are following news about the election. Read more...
Shootout

Cops in shootout with suspect in New Orleans


New Orleans Police were in a shootout with a suspect during a chase overnight.  It started with a reported traffic violation. "At about 11:35 pm officers observed the driver of a white Malibu change lanes and  not using his turn signal... Read more
Killer Butler

Jindal's personal butler wants his life sentence reduced


Gov. Bobby Jindal's personal butler is asking a state district judge to reduce his mandatory life sentence for a 1991 second-degree murder. Harrison Cage is a prison trusty, an inmate who is considered trustworthy by prison authorities and gets privileges such as... Read more
More Remarrying

More Americans are getting remarried


More and more Americans seem to be getting married a second time these days, even more than in recent years. The numbers from Pew research show that 64 percent of divorced or widowed men have remarried and 52 percent of women have.  Read more...
Jindal 4 Pres?

Bobby Jindal on some key issues of the 2016 campaign


Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Here's a look at where the two-term governor stands on various issues that will be debated in the GOP primaries: Read more...
Gay Rights?

Louisiana House committee to hear religious freedom and gay rights bills


A pair of bills up for a committee vote at the Louisiana Capitol today are both controversial and deal with gay rights. The House Civil Law Committee will hear Bossier City Representative Mike Johnson's controversial religious freedom bill... Read more
Hair Theft

Burglars raid salon, steal $30K worth of human hair


Burglars in eastern New Orleans skipped the cash register and made straight for the product in a beauty store caper that netted them $30,000 worth of human hair. Police said thieves knocked out the cinder block wall backing Beauty and Booku... Read more
Record Flyers

Summer skies: airlines to fly record number of passengers


A record number of travelers are expected to take to the skies this summer thanks to a rebounding economy. U.S. airlines will carry 222 million passengers between June 1 and Aug. 31, topping the summer of 2007 when 217.6 million people flew... Read more
Party Attack

Cops: Man assaulted woman who fell asleep at party


Cops in Terrebonne Parish say a man sexually assaulted a woman who had fallen asleep at a party. "TPSO responded to a complaint at a residence on Old Oak Street in Montegut... An adult female reported that she was awakened by an adult male acquaintance touching her... Read more
SEC Champs

Smell those SEC Championship roses


In the chase for Omaha, for the Final Four, for the BCS title and, beginning last year, the College Football Playoff ring, a Southeastern Conference championship gets a little dissed. This should not happen.  Read more...
Last Shows

Letterman's last shows, Bill Murray to appear


Bill Murray has walked onto David Letterman's show dressed as Liberace, a jockey and a football player, flown onto the set in a Peter Pan outfit, worked out while singing "Let's Get Physical" and dove into a water-filled dumpster strewn with garbage. Read more...
Rookie QB

Payton impressed with rookie QB Grayson


The Saints held a rookie minicamp over the weekend. A chance for the coaches to get a look at the players that were recently drafted or signed as free agents out of college. That includes third-round draft pick and quarterback Garrett Grayson. Read more...
Bear Visit

Bear spends week in central Louisiana neighborhood


A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood where he has spent the past week up one tree or another as he searches for a new home. State wildlife biologist Maria Davidson says the bear in Marksville is among three to five that have... Read more
Cheap Shades?

Splurge or Save: Are expensive sunglasses worth it?


The arrival of summer means the ultraviolet rays from the sun will be more intense. That's why May is designated as National Ultraviolet Light Awareness Month. Sunglasses, of course, are the perfect summer accessory.  Read more...
Fatal Crash

70-year-old bicyclist dies after crash with NOPD officer


An elderly man is dead after police say he ran a red light while riding a bike late at night. "The NOPD is investigating a traffic fatality that claimed the life of a 70-year-old male bicyclist.  The incident occurred last night shortly after 11:00 p.m... 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...
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...
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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