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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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$390 Million

Powerball drawing worth $390 million


The Powerball jackpot has been growing and growing. The estimated prize to a single winner in Saturday night's drawing is $390 million.  Read more...
Come Together!

At slain officer's funeral, calls for respect and unity


When protests erupted here over a black man's killing during a struggle with two white police officers, Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald made a promise to an old friend who urged him to be careful.  "I'm going to do what I got to do to... Read more
Car in Canal

Deadly crash into canal


One person is dead after a vehicle went into a canal this morning in New Orleans East. "We are working a traffic fatality at Newcastle Street and Morrison Road," Officer Juan Barnes said in an email.  "(It) occurred around 5:51 a.m."  Police got the call just before... Read more
Next Pres.

Trump's closer is over, Clinton set to snag attention


In the swirl of balloons and cheers of the masses, Donald Trump finally had his Rocky moment after a rocky convention, and now Democrats are eager to step up for their own spectacle.  Hillary Clinton is set to snatch attention from Republicans by naming her... Read more
Be Careful

AG urges caution when donating in wake of Baton Rouge shooting


The Attorney General’s Office urges consumers to be cautious when making donations in wake of the Baton Rouge shootings. Amanda Larkins with the AG’s office says they want to make sure contributions truly go to the families of the law enforcement officers and actually... Read more
Cop Funerals

Final goodbyes set for slain Baton Rouge officers


Matthew Gerald served four years in the Marines and seven years in the Army, including three tours in Iraq, before he joined the Baton Rouge Police Department — an enthusiastic rookie at age 41. One of three law enforcement officers shot to death Sunday in an ambush by a... Read more
Signing Up

A look at candidates signed up for the Nov. 8 election


The sign-up period for the Nov. 8 election runs through Friday. After the presidential race, the top of the ballot will include a U.S. Senate race and all six U.S. House races. Click here to see the candidates who have qualified so far...
Funerals

Baton Rouge readies for funerals of 3 slain police officers


Funeral arrangements are set for three Baton Rouge police officers shot to death in an ambush by a lone gunman. Visitation is set Thursday evening for city police department officer Matthew Gerald, 41, the Army and Marine veteran who had graduated from the... Read more
Church Ads

Local Catholic leaders using the silver screen to attract parishioners


Starting this weekend, movie goers in the metro will see New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond appearing on theater screens. The Archbishop is not going Hollywood on us...just asking folks to give the church another chance.  Read more...
Manifesto

Gunman signals 'horrendous acts of violence' in manifesto


The man who killed three Louisiana law enforcement officers purportedly described his actions as a ``necessary evil'' in a self-described manifesto an Ohio musician says was emailed to him by the gunman less than an hour before the shootings.  Read more...
VP at RNC

Trump takes the crown, Pence speaks tonight


The art of the coronation has taken something of a beating at the Republican National Convention. Nevertheless, Donald Trump now has the crown — and a final chance to summon unity from the party's restive ranks in the ritual's closing days. The roll call of ... Read more
Will Smith Case

Defense wants prosecutors off Will Smith shooting case


A judge in New Orleans was set to hear arguments Wednesday on whether the New Orleans district attorney's office should be barred from prosecuting the suspect in the shooting death of retired Saints defensive end Will Smith. Cardell Hayes (above) is charged with ... Read more
Senate Race

Qualifying for US Senate race begins today


Qualifying for the US Senate race begins today. As many as eight well-known candidates are expected to file paperwork to put their name on the ballot, five republicans, two democrats and one independent. JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillion anticipates a... Read more
Trump's RNC

Trump triumphs as GOP nominee, completing stunning climb


United for a night, Republicans nominated Donald Trump Tuesday as their presidential standard-bearer, capping the billionaire businessman's stunning takeover of the GOP and propelling him into a November faceoff with Democrat Hillary Clinton. "This is a movement, but we... Read more
Marshall Dies

'Happy Days' creator and 'Pretty Woman' director Garry Marshall dies at 81


Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose TV hits included "Happy Days" ''Laverne & Shirley" and box-office successes included "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride," has died. He was 81. Publicist Michelle Bega says Marshall died Tuesday in at a hospital in... Read more
Mole Hill?

Allegations of Trump plagiarism, a Louisiana delegate reacts


Louisiana Republican Delegate John Young of Jefferson Parish is among those hearing more and more about the allegations of plagiarism against Melania Trump in her speech Monday night at the party's national convention.  Young doesn't deny the striking similarities between... Read more
Absurd?

Trump campaign dismisses criticism of Melania Trump speech


The Trump campaign on Tuesday dismissed criticism that Melania Trump directly lifted two passages nearly word-for-word from the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention, calling the complaints "just absurd."  Read more...
Important?

AP EXPLAINS: Do US political conventions still matter?


American political conventions once had real drama as parties held rounds and rounds of voting before settling on a presidential nominee. Now, they are highly staged television pep rallies as party loyalists anoint a nominee determined in state primaries and caucuses.  Read more...
What to Eat

What to Eat Tuesday... Breakfast!


Where is the best restaurant to eat breakfast in and around New Orleans?  We asked listeners on this week's "What to Eat Tuesday" where they like to go for breakfast food. From all of the text messages to 870870 during the Early Edition of WWL First News; we saw several... Read more and see the list
Higher Tolls?

Tolls on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway could go up soon


Crossing the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway could soon get more costly. The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission is scheduled to consider a proposal to raise the toll fee by $1 to finance as much as $100 million in bonds for safety improvements.  Read more...
Cop Autopsies

Autopsy today on cop killer in Baton Rouge


The coroner in Baton Rouge is conducting autopsies on the cops killed and the on the gunman.  It is a tall task for the medical examiner. "Those guys are our friends.  We work with them on a regular basis," East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said. "It is very... Read more
Inmate Oops

Inmate back in custody after clerical error


A state inmate mistakenly released from the New Orleans' jail is back in custody. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, in a news release Monday, said 27-year-old Ervin New was serving time on state charges of simple burglary and home invasion. New was awaiting a hearing on... Read more
Stolen Words?

Melania Trump speech closely resembled Michelle Obama's talk


One delegate said everyone fell in love with her. Another compared her to Jackie Kennedy. Melania Trump's star turn at the Republican National Convention Monday night captivated a GOP crowd that had rarely heard from her. But her speech also drew... Read more
Cops Killed

Slain Baton Rouge officers all hailed from same community


Fresh out of the police academy, Matthew Gerald was so proud to bring his cruiser home that he stood in the driveway, wiping it down under the hot Louisiana sun. His neighbor Ashley Poe watched as he flicked the blue lights on and off, on and off.  Read more...
Mrs. Trump

Melania Trump speech paints a 'kind and fair' Donald Trump


Presenting her husband as softer and gentler than the man known by the public, a heartfelt Melania Trump introduced herself Monday to a nation that has often seen but rarely heard from her through months of the tumultuous 2016 White House campaign. "He is tough when he... Read more
Sovereign?

Baton Rouge police shooter said he was 'sovereign citizen'


The former Marine who killed three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers in an ambush-style attack identified with a growing sovereign citizen movement whose adherents believe they're immune to most federal and state laws, including paying taxes and... Read more
Cop Killer

Baton Rouge shooter targeted and ambushed police


State Police believe the shooter that killed three law enforcement officers and injured three others planned his attack. Major Doug Cain say 29-year-old Gavin Long of Kansas City (above) stationed himself along Airline Highway in Baton Rouge to inflict pain on law enforcement.  Read more...
Trump's RNC

Year of Trump: Guide to the Republican National Convention


The glitz. The glam. The speeches, protests and parties. The flamboyant presidential candidate who's giving his party more than a touch of heartburn.  The 2016 Republican National Convention, kicking off Monday, will be like no other. Just ask Donald Trump... Read more
Jindal Role?

2016 GOP convention different than '12, '08 for some Republicans


The 2016 Republican National Convention launches today in Cleveland, and with political outsider Donald Trump on the verge of being nominated, it's one of the unlikeliest conventions in recent memory. It's also quite a change from the last couple of conventions for... Read more
Ambushed

Gunman 'was seeking out,' ambushed 6 Baton Rouge officers


A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition ambushed police in Baton Rouge, shooting and killing three law enforcement officers less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation... Read more
RNC Kickoff

GOP convention kicks off as nation reels from more violence


The Republican National Convention is set to kick off as the nation reels from another deadly shooting and dissident delegates stage a longshot, last-gasp effort to deny Donald Trump the GOP nomination for president. Amid the tumult, it was undeniably... Read more
Cops Killed

Who were the cops killed in Baton Rouge?


The two Baton Rouge police officers killed have been identified as 41-year-old Matthew Gerald (left) and 32-year-old Montrell Jackson (center). Jackson leaves behind a wife and a young child. Gerald is a former Marine and graduated from the... Read more
Cop Killer

Cop killer spouted hate online


Louisiana State Police have positively identified the shooter who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge as Gavin Long. In a Monday morning Facebook post, Louisiana State Police said they needed to... Read more
Cops Save Life

Cops rescue woman from submerged car


Slidell cops jumped in the water and rescued a woman from a submerged car. "Officers were dispatched to Heritage Park in reference to a vehicle that drove into the Bayou Bonfouca Boat Launch during a rain storm,... Read more
Stocks Rebound

US stocks rebound as anxiety over British vote eases


U.S. stock indexes were solidly higher in early trading Tuesday as investors welcomed encouraging data on the economy and housing. The rebound followed even bigger gains in Europe as global markets recovered from a two-day rout triggered by... 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
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...
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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