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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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Cops Kill

VIDEO: Los Angeles police kill man in struggle


In a fatal encounter captured on video, three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on the city's Skid Row during a struggle over one of the officers' guns, authorities said. The graphic video widely circulated on social media within a few hours... Read more and see the video
Drunk-'Stupid'

Cops: Drunk Northshore man admits 'stupidity' after burnout, chase


A Northshore man is in trouble with the law after allegedly getting drunk, squealing his tires in front of cops, and then leading police on a chase. "Doing a 'burnout' in front of police officers is never a good idea... Read more
Anger Danger

Study: Fist clenching anger can kill you


The fury that causes anger to the point that fists are clenched seems to raise our risk for a heart attack that could prove fatal, about eight and a half times higher in the first couple of hours, according to a new study in Australia.  Read more...
Med Marijuana

Study of cannabis treatments at LSU Health New Orleans


LSU Health New Orleans has finalized a deal with a startup drug development company to back research into treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease using the chief chemical compound in marijuana.  Read more...
4 In a Row

Ajinca lifts Pelicans past Heat, 104-102


Alexis Ajinca made the go-ahead layup with 26 seconds left and scored a career-high 24 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans won their fourth straight, 104-102 over the Miami Heat on Friday night.  Read more...
Nimoy Dead

Nimoy dead at age 83


Actor Leonard Nimoy has died. He was 83 years old. Nimoy was best known as Mr. Spock on Star Trek.  Read more...
Get Sick

Study: Doctor's waiting rooms can make you sick


If you've ever thought your kids came down with something after going to the doctor for a mere check-up, you're probably right. "You need to be mindful of the fact that not everybody in the doctor's office is well," says Dr. Fred Lopez, Infectious Disease specialist at LSU... Read more
Blockbusters

String of Hollywood South blockbusters hit theaters


The new movie "Focus", featuring Will Smith, hits theatres today and it's just one of many major Louisiana shot movies to be released this year. Chris Stelly, Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment, says "Focus" could top the box office this weekend.  Read more and see trailers...
Bar Murder

Arrest made related to murder outside Metairie bar


Cops are still looking for the killer or killers who gunned down a man outside a Metairie bar on Ash Wednesday, but they have made an arrest in the case. Police say 22-year-old Anthony Miskell is behind bars.  Read more...
Bayou Eagles

Louisiana hosts 2nd most bald eagle nests


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the Bayou State now has the second highest number of nesting bald eagles in the nation.  Read more...
DC Pot

DC legalizes pot in capital, despite threats from Congress


The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress... Read more
Fewer Audits

Fewer taxpayers are getting audited


The chance of you getting audited by the IRS is getting smaller. The IRS audit rate dropped to its lowest level in at least ten years last year and is expected to drop further this year.  Since 2010, the number of IRS audits have fallen by over 20-percent. Read more...
Enforcement Cam

Terrebonne Parish to research use of traffic enforcement cameras


Terrebonne Parish officials are considering using traffic cameras to help cut costs and enforce speeding and red light laws more efficiently. The Parish Council voted Monday to give law enforcement agencies, the parish administration and the council's legal department 60 days to... Read more
Bad Planes?

FAA: Southwest for now can use planes that missed inspection


Federal officials have agreed to let Southwest Airlines Co. keep flying planes that missed an inspection of a backup rudder system if the planes are checked in the next five days. Southwest grounded 128 planes... Read more
Lots of Rain

Cold rain for Southeast Louisiana


Here comes the rain. A low pressure system in bringing a lot of moisture to the New Orleans area. "This will spread scattered to numerous showers and maybe isolated thunderstorms across Southeast Louisiana," WWL-TV Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo said... Read more
Umbrella?

Do you use an umbrella, yes or no?


Rain chances are way up for today.  We asked people downtown about that one item some take with them whenever they leave the house, and others, well that's a different story. Do you use an umbrella?  Read more...
Tigers Win

Balanced LSU tops Auburn 84-61


The LSU men's basketball team avenged a loss against Auburn from earlier this season and led wire-to-wire during a convincing 84-61 victory on the Plains. The 23-point road win was LSU's largest under Johnny Jones... Read more
Sniper Killer

Man convicted in deaths of 'American Sniper' author, friend


A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the "American Sniper" author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.  Read more...
Car $

Used car prices hit record high


The average used car price hit a record $16,800 last year.  That's a new record high, according a report from edmunds.com.  Read more...
Bad Bar

Man allegedly ran illegal bar from his home


Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents have arrested a man for allegedly running an illegal bar out of his home. They say 42-year-old Robert Williams was arrested and booked into the Nachitoches Parish Detention Center.   Read more...
Gov. Race

Gubernatorial candidates talk education at forum


Announced candidates for Governor of Louisiana are squaring off today in a forum on education sponsored by the Louisiana School Boards Association. Front runner, David Vitter, wasted no time denouncing the current accountability system.  Read more...
Legal Pot

Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana


Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but organizers don't expect any public celebrations since it remains illegal to smoke marijuana in public.  Read more...
Gas $ Rise

Gasoline prices rising for a few reasons


New figures show gasoline prices in the U.S.  have risen roughly 13 cents in the last couple of weeks, bringing it up 26 cents since prices bottomed out after a nine month slide ended in January.  Read more...
Winner

Powerball jackpot winner in North Carolina: Single mom of 4


A single mother of four from a small North Carolina town came forward Monday as one of three winners in a huge Powerball jackpot drawn earlier this month.  Read more...
Pels Come Back

Pelicans erase 18-point hole, beat Raptors 100-97


Alexis Ajinca capped a 16-point performance with a go-ahead layup in the final minute, and the New Orleans Pelicans erased an 18-point deficit en route to a 100-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.  Read more...
Tour License

Justices reject New Orleans tour guides' free speech appeal


The Supreme Court has rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours.  Read more...
Oscars

'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy, originality


Hollywood is smarter than you thought. Whether by design or chance, the 87th Academy Awards elegantly and subtly shifted the tone of the season from a reductive fixation on snubs and fact-checking to a positive celebration... 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...
St. Pat's

St. Patrick's Fun


Partying for St. Patrick's Day in Metairie.  Check out the pictures of people at the parade...
Work Sick?

Sick workers not a workplace threat?


A local health official is taking issue with a recent report that says way too many Americans go to work sick. According to that report, more than one in four American workers recently surveyed said they show up to work while ill, even though they could sicken their colleagues.  Read more...
Escapee

Cops: Nortshore escapee kidnaps woman, eludes cops


Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that the sheriff’s office is currently searching for 35 year old (w/m) Christopher Ricker.  Ricker allegedly escaped from the St. Tammany Work Release Program early this morning.  Read more...
Sproles Traded

Saints trade Sproles to Eagles


The Saints have traded running back Darren Sproles to the Eagles. WWL Saints Sideline reporter Kristian Garic says a league source confirms that a deal has been worked out.
Sproles played the past three season with the Saints.  Read more...
Big Cuts?

Louisiana lawmaker opposes proposed Pentagon cuts


The Pentagon has released a proposal that would reduce forces in the United States Army to numbers not seen since before the buildup during World War II. US Representative John Fleming of Minden, Louisiana strongly opposes a shrinking of the nation's military. 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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