Since moving to St. Louis and joining KMOV-TV (then KMOX-TV) in 1980, President and General Manager Allan Cohen has distinguished himself as a strong leader in broadcasting, and as an extraordinary individual committed to helping the St. Louis community. Under his direction, KMOV has achieved a national reputation as one of the top-rated and most-watched television stations in the country. Since making St. Louis his home, Allan has has demonstrated his dedication and devotion to the causes that are important to the people of St. Louis. He has served on the Boards of the St. Louis Symphony, St. Louis Variety Club, Paraquad and the Junior League Advisory Board. He has chaired, hosted and served as the Master of Ceremonies at countless charitable events, including nine years as Honorary Chairman of the United Negro College Fund Annual Dinner.
Allan’s commitment to the children of St. Louis is evident in his devotion and loyalty to the Saint Louis Variety Club. He has pledged and ensured the annual airing of the Saint Louis Variety Club Telethon on KMOV every year since 1988. Over the years, he has donated hundreds of hours of programming on KMOV to the Variety Club and this has enabled the organization to raise more than $44 million for the special- needs children of our region. Deeply touched by the children that Variety serves, Allan has been moved to spend many hours with some of Variety Club’s children. In doing so, he has endeared himself to the kids and their families. Allan has been honored with several Emmy Awards including one for “Best Editorial.” In 1996 he was the recipient of the prestigious Variety Club’s International Barker Award. Under his leadership, Channel 4 has received numerous awards and honors for outstanding programming, excellent reporting and its commitment to community involvement, including the National Association of Broadcasting Education Foundation’s Service to Children Award in both 2001 and 2004, and a 2003 Gerald R. Loeb Award.