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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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Duck Rescue

Northshore firefighters save trapped ducks


The for the second time in a week, St. Tammany Fire District #1 has come to the rescue of some feathered friends. This time a call came in Saturday about baby ducks trapped in a storm drain. "The incident occurred on Oak Tree Dr. in the Fairways subdivision in Slidell.  Read more...
Murder Arrests

Teens arrested for Metairie double murder


Police have arrested two suspects in the murder of a man and his adult son in Metairie. Sheriff Newell Normand says two teenagers, a male and female were in Metairie to commit vehicle burglaries after they had pulled an armed robbery in New Orleans and stole a car. Read more...
Pels Out

Warriors sweep Pelicans


The Golden State Warriors wouldn't need a monumental comeback to secure a series sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Instead, they were the ones who brought a healthy, double-digit lead into the final quarter before advancing to the next round.  Read more...
Murder Arrests

2 arrests in murder of Metairie father and son


Cops have made two arrests in the murders of a father and son in Metairie Wednesday night.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand will hold a News Conference today. "The Sheriff will be discussing the latest information on the arrests of two individuals... Read more
Dryer and Hotter

Drier and hotter today


Most of Southeast Louisiana dries out and heats up today. "Today looks like the dryer day of the weekend, but we do turn hot with highs near 90," Channel 4 meteorologist Alexandra Cranford said.  "We have a 20% chance of rain today, but we can't count out an isolated shower."  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
More Woman

Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male


Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner says that "for all intents and purposes, I am a woman."
Jenner spoke in a long-awaited interview televised Friday with ABC's Diane Sawyer about his gender identity, saying that he has always been confused about his gender identity. Read more...
Jenner Speaks

Bruce Jenner interview to reveal more about transgender reports


The first on-air promo for Friday's broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn't even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it.  Read more...
Seat Belts

'Buckle Up in Your Truck' campaign begins


The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission begins their "Buckle Up in Your Truck" campaign today in an effort to get more pickup drivers to use their seat belts.  Read more...
Too Small?

Should small mudbugs be illegal?


A bill by Gonzales state Representative Eddie Lambert would set a limit on the size of live crawfish. The measure would make it illegal for vendors, farmers, and harvesters to sell crawfish that are smaller than three and a half inches for people to eat.  Read more...
Pels Lose in OT

Pelicans blow 20 point lead, lose in overtime with the Warriors


For most of game three it looked like coming home was just what the Pelicans needed to get back on track in the playoff series with the Warriors.  New Orleans withstood an early run before taking over and dominating Golden State for most of the game until... Read more
Tigers Win

#1 LSU beats #2 Texas A&M


The top ranked LSU baseball team beat number 2 Texas A&M Thursday night in Baton Rouge. It was a battle to the end for the best teams in the nation. The Aggies tied it up in the top of the ninth at 3 -3.  Read more...
Pels Lead

Pelicans dominate first half


The Pelicans overcame an early 8 point deficit in the first quarter to get hot and take a one point lead after the first 12 minutes of play in the first home game of the playoff series with Golden State. Anthony Davis came out on fire... Read more
Durst Case

D.A. drops state charges against Durst


New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has dropped state gun charges against wealthy New York real estate heir Robert Durst. Legal Analyst Chick Foret says this is not a big break for the millionaire because he still faces a trial in federal court.  Read more...
LSU-A&M

Playoff atmopshere comes early at Alex Box


If you like college baseball — and since you're reading this, you probably are — there's no place in the world you'd rather be than Baton Rouge. It's No. 1 LSU (35-6, 12-5 SEC) against No. 2 Texas A&M (36-5, 12-5) with the Aggies coming into town for the first time since... Read more
Kids to Work?

Bring your kids to work today?


Today is Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day. Organizers say, "Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program goes beyond the average practice of 'shadowing' an adult."  Read more...
Cop Shot

Benefit today for officer shot in St. Charles Parish


It was just over a week ago that Cpl. Burt Hazeltine was shot multiple times in an apparent ambush while working a school zone in St. Charles Parish. Captain Patrick Yoes said Hazeltine is doing remarkably well.  "He is doing great," said Yoes.  "He was released... Read more
Big Weekend

Crowded Crescent City expected for huge tourism weekend


A trio of major events in New Orleans this weekend is great new for the hospitality industry. "We're going to be very busy," says Mark Romig, President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation. "The hotels are going to do very well this weekend... Read more

Pelicans host playoff game tonight


Even with the Golden State Warriors leading the eighth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans 2-0, expecting a runaway in this series might not be justified. The first two games weren't decided until the final minutes and the series shifts tonight to New Orleans... Read more
Hammond Ban

Hammond expands smoking ban to bars and bingo halls


The Hammond City Council has voted 4-1 to ban smoking in bars and bingo halls. The law, which goes into effect in 90 days, adds those hospitality businesses previously excluded under state law to the list of employers that must provide smoke-free work environments. Read more...
Louisiana Cases?

No known Blue Bell Listeria cases in Louisiana


Representative Barbara Norton's bill that that would provide equal pay for women gets a hearing today in the House Labor Committee. "We as women, here in the state of Louisiana, we're still at 66-percent out of a dollar and men are still at a dollar."  Read more...
Revenge Porn

Committee approves bill to ban 'revenge porn'


The bill to outlaw so-called revenge porn in Louisiana has jumped its first hurdle.  It's an effort to deal with a new problem in the digital age. The House Criminal Justice Committee advanced the measure Tuesday without objection.  Read more...
Women $

Equal pay for women?


State Representative Barbara Norton's bill that would provide equal pay for women in Louisiana gets a hearing today in the House Labor Committee. Norton says this bill is necessary since the number of single parent households are on the rise. Read more...
Smoking Ban

New Orleans now smoke-free in bars, other public places


Smoking in bars and casinos is coming to an end even in this notoriously freewheeling and fun-loving city where drinking on the street and watching a bawdy burlesque are the norm. Starting at midnight, smoking is no longer permitted in bars, gambling halls... Read more
Spend It All

Even higher earners live paycheck to paycheck


Even the wealthiest Americans seem to be struggling to save enough money to retire.  One third of Americans making $75,000 or more a year are living paycheck to paycheck according to new data released by Sun Trust.  Read more...
Duck Rescue

Duck rescued from Slidell fireplace


Firefighters in Slidell have rescued a duck lodged in a fireplace. St. Tammany Parish firefighters responded to an unusual call Sunday from a home in Slidell. When firefighters arrived, they discovered a large duck trapped in the fireplace with its head poking out... Read more
Hollywood S.

Poll: Louisianians believe movies are good for the economy


According to an LSU Public Policy Polling survey done for the state's film industry, 80% of Louisianians agree it's good for the economy to have movies made here. The survey also found that about half of the public isn't aware that Louisiana is No. 1 in the nation... Read more
No Party

Louisiana seeing a rise in "No Party" voters


Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Independent or "No Party" voters is the fastest growing group of registered voters in Louisiana. Schedler says "other" party registration has increased by nearly 75-hundred since last summer.  Read more...
Pels Lose

Pelicans lose game two to Warriors


The Pelicans started strong in Oakland and flew out to an early first quarter lead.  After 12 minutes play, New Orleans led the Golden State Warriors 28 -17.  The second quarter belonged to the Warriors.  Read more...
Huge Recall

Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products


Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.  Read more...
Toddler Shot

Toddler shot in Treme


New Orleans Police say a two-year-old was shot while playing outside Monday night in Treme.
"We are working a shooting in the 1100 block of Gov. Nicholls.  A 2-year-old female sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and has been transported to the hospital... Read more
Fracking Fight

St. Tammany loses latest court battle to stop fracking


Northshore authorities suffered a big setback today in their efforts to block fracking in St. Tammany Parish. The Louisiana 19th Judicial District Court ruled today that St. Tammany Parish's zoning laws do not take precedent over State Government... Read more
Pot Poll

CBS: Support for legal marijuana at new high


A new CBS News poll finds more people than ever support legalizing marijuana. Here are some key results: 53% of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, the highest percentage recorded so far in the CBS News Poll.  Read more...
Snoring Risk

Could snoring lead to Alzheimer's?


Your snoring may be killing you.  New research suggests sleep apnea may be speeding up memory loss and possibly the onset of Alzheimer's disease.  Snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea.  Read more...
Game 2

Pelicans-Warriors game 2 preview


The Golden State Warriors did a lot right in their playoff-opening win, but they also found out that Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans won't be easy to put away. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Monday night in Oakland, where the top-seeded Warriors have... Read more
5 Years Later

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill - Resilient yet scarred


From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life - a testament to the resilience of nature. But there's more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. 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...
Just a Sip?

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


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