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David Kumbroch is now and has always been a storyteller.

A graduate of The University of Alabama, David Kumbroch joined WHNT in May 2011 as a Multimedia Journalist. A Telecommunication and Film major, David was also a proud member of the nationally-renowned Alabama Forensics Council, where he won two national championships in Extemporaneous Speaking.

His passion for telling stories began in his hometown of Collierville, Tennessee where David hosted a local morning show at Collierville High School — an experience he credits for sparking his interest in television news. While in high school, David also earned a national championship in Extemporaneous Speaking. After his first championship, David was invited by Finalist Files, an organization that provides research and strategic advice to high school forensic competitors, to write two educational books and a monthly subscription on Extemporaneous Speaking.

David comes to WHNT News 19 after three years of experience interning at Alabama Public Radio, Fox 13 in Memphis, and WVUA in Tuscaloosa.

To contact David, feel free to email him at david.kumbroch@whnt.com


Recent Articles
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    Huntsville Police Chief lays out thoughts on releasing police shooting video, officer names

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In incidents like the police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte, video and information take on a lot of importance. WHNT News 19 has promised to continue the community conversation on the difficult subjects surrounding policing. Today, we spoke with Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray on the department’s policies regarding video and other information in the wake of use-of-force incidents. When the issue of police violence, especially against black people, became a national debate, body cameras became a […]

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    Huntsville City Council Candidate Devyn Keith reacts to public meeting over development in District One

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -Huntsville City Council Candidate Devyn Keith addressed a development idea discussed in a public meeting in north Huntsville Tuesday night, calling attention to the lack of commitment from businesses and the massive dollar amount tied to the project. Keith’s opponent, Huntsville District One Councilman Dr. Richard Showers, held a meeting to reveal a big development for north Huntsville. Questions surrounded the plan, like who the tenants would be and where it was in the pipeline. A post on […]

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    Tests show drinking water contamination above EPA advisory level in Gadsden area

    GADSDEN, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Public Health announced that more systems have tested above the EPA threshold for safe drinking water, when it comes to PFC contamination. A news release from the department says two tests from the Gadsden Water Works and Sewer Board tested above EPA advisory levels. You’ll remember the summer crisis after the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority announced their water wasn’t safe to drink because of elevated PFC levels. In May, the Environmental Protection […]

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    Burman Lee Akers denied parole in 1996 Huntsville murder case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  – Burman Lee Akers was denied parole Tuesday morning. Akers was convicted of felony murder for the 1996 killing of Robert Hartman at Hartman Automotive in Huntsville. A jury found that Akers had killed Hartman and taken a car off his lot. Hartman’s throat was slit multiple times. Hartman’s widow, Bernadette Hartman Van Pelt, opened up about the case to WHNT News 19 for the first time this year, making a plea to keep Akers behind bars. Ahead […]

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    UPDATE: Governor’s dark money organization will be ‘out of money soon’ because of legal troubles

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – WHNT News 19 has learned new details about the governor’s dark money organization, including a more complete breakdown of spending and a better sense of its current financial state. The group, the Alabama Council for Excellent Government or ACEGOV, was set up in February 2015. Its top stated purpose was to promote the governor’s agenda. ACEGOV is a 501(c)(4), a type of non-profit that has flourished after the Citizens United decision. Politicians use them to raise and […]

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    Pulling back the curtain on Governor Bentley’s dark money organization

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – WHNT News 19 has obtained a long-sought tax document from Governor Robert Bentley’s dark money group, the Alabama Council for Excellent Government (ACEGOV), which the governor’s former top political advisor and alleged mistress has said paid her $15,000 in 2015. The form, a 990, provides the most complete information to date on the 501(c)4. Dark Money ACEGOV was formed on February 18, 2015, and this is the first substantial disclosure of information about its finances. We now […]

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    Feds recommend Alabama pay back nearly $100 million in improperly claimed Medicaid money

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In a speech Thursday, State Auditor Jim Zeigler called attention to two July 2016 reports from the Office of Inspector General that call for Alabama to repay the federal government nearly $100 million dollars for improperly claiming Medicaid money. Zeigler’s speech in Fairhope comes one day after the state legislature approved distribution for BP oil spill settlement money that sent an additional $120 million to Medicaid for 2016-2017. That money is meant to cover a shortfall that would […]

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    Madison Police rewrote policies, including use of force, after Indian grandfather incident

    MADISON, Ala. – After Madison Police Officer Eric Parker’s takedown of Sureshbai Patel in February 2015 that left the grandfather partially paralyzed, Madison Police substantially rewrote their policy manual, including their policies on use of force. A letter this week from the acting Chief of Madison Police, Major Jim Cooke, reinstated Parker. The letter from the acting chief says that Parker did not break the law or violate Madison Police policy. That might not be the case if the same […]

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    Man charged in Friday’s murder was Huntsville school bus driver; ex begged for protection from courts

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Warren Hardy, accused of killing 72-year-old Kathleen Lundy on Friday evening in Huntsville, was targeted with a restraining order from his ex-girlfriend the week of the murder. Court documents show Hardy’s ex-girlfriend filed for the protection order on Wednesday, two days before the shooting. It was granted the same day, with a hearing set for the next week. Huntsville Police say Hardy kidnapped her daughter and stepfather from her apartment and forced them to drive to Morland […]

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    Who gets Google Fiber in Huntsville first? We may have our answer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Utilities announced back in February that it would build out a fiber network, then lease space for Google Fiber to provide internet to all of Huntsville. They initially said the buildout would take place over approximately three years, with the first customers getting Google Fiber in spring or summer of 2017. WHNT News 19 now has more information about that timeline. The whole process starts with a fiber backbone, built by Huntsville Utilities. Huntsville Utilities Spokesperson […]

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    Huntsville widow breaks silence about husband’s murder as killer comes up for parole a third time

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s an impossible burden. The Hartman family has struggled since the murder of Robert Hartman in 1996.  In one month, his convicted killer — Burman Lee Akers, Jr. — will come up for parole for a third time. Robert’s widow prepares to make her plea again. “His throat was slit numerous times, and there were stab wounds on his chest,” said Bernadette Hartman Van Pelt. The Hartman family struggles to hold on to happier images of Robert, once […]

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    Paul Finley discusses transition, burying the hatchet with council members after winning Madison mayor seat

    MADISON, Ala. – The day after dozens of city election races across the valley is the calm after the storm. And in one of the bigger races, Paul Finley not only dodged a runoff, he took the Madison mayoral race outright with over 60% of the vote. The last time we had a mayoral transition in the city of Madison, it went from Finley to Trulock. Now it goes back the other way. We caught up with Finley in the aftermath of the […]