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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

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    Traditional war machines star alongside futuristic concepts at AUSA

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You can find warfare virtualized and digitized, but you can still find all the traditional trappings of human conflict at the AUSA Symposium and Exposition. Nammo’s Mark Trexler shows off shoulder-launch weapons systems. Milton Manufacturing’s Jeff Benton shows an MATV variant — a troop transporter. It’s important to remember that for all the consumer grade technology we find adapted, we also find incredibly powerful weapons. Trexler picks up a particularly menacing looking round, “This is an […]

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    Alabama companies take advantage of business opportunities at AUSA

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The defense industry in Alabama features all kinds of components. Like Amerex of Trussville, a company that makes fire suppression systems, which showed us a war vehicle equipped with some of their tech. Amerex’s Jeff O’Donnel notes, “That is designed to detect and extinguish a fire in less than 250 milliseconds.” Strategic Systems of Decatur also showed up with a few of their friends — some ghastly green targets mounted on moving metal arms. CSM(R) Jonathan Hunt of […]

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    Companies at AUSA say video games help cut down on training, travel costs

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exposition began in earnest on Tuesday. Among the ammunition and war vehicles in the expo hall at the Von Braun Center, you’ll also find a number of video games.  It turns out these are really catching on as training tools. Technology is the language of the young, so it makes sense to speak to young soldiers through video games. “Video games appeal to that soldier that’s enlisting, the 18-, 19-, […]

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    AUSA: Why the expo draws the best in military tech

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When we peeked into the expo hall a day early, we found people pushing themselves for perfection, polishing off ever detail of their booths. Catching the right eye at the AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exposition could lead to millions — or even billions in business. The expo doesn’t necessarily lend itself to tense negotiations as much as showing off. AUSA VP of Meetings LTG(R) Roger Thompson notes, “They get exposure to everybody who happens to […]

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    US Supreme Court tells lower court to take another look at Alabama’s 2012 redistricting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The first thing you need to understand about this ruling is that for now, the district lines stand. The Alabama Legislative Black Caucus and Alabama Democratic Conference challenged the redistricting, claiming it used race as a predominant determinant when drawing lines. The district court that heard the case ruled in favor of the state. The US Supreme Court heard an appeal, and Attorney Jake Watson explains, “It hasn’t found the redistricting unconstitutional. It’s just sent it […]

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    Getting Results: Woman with home wrecked by unlicensed contractor gets $40,000 renovation donated

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You may remember Connie Ibarra’s story. She hired an unlicensed contractor. She says he claimed to have a license and took over $20,000 for renovations, which he never completed. The city shut down the job, finding his work didn’t meet code. On Tuesday, Connie Ibarra sits on her new porch, surrounded by the people she calls her new family — a team of subcontractors who came together under Stoneridge Homes to save her house. David Stanton […]

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    Fiber Internet: What about Madison?

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve heard a lot about Huntsville’s intentions to become a “Gig City,” but what about fiber internet for neighboring Madison? First off, yes, city leaders want fiber internet in Madison. Mayor Troy Trulock tells us, “For our citizens and as a resident of Madison, I am very interested in high-speed fiber getting to our homes and our businesses.” In fact, they understand the benefits first-hand after recent upgrades at city-hall. “High-speed fiber is critical, adds Trulock, […]

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    Why it doesn’t look like Huntsville will get municipal fiber

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You may not know, but Huntsville Utilities already maintains a fiber network. They use it to monitor their systems — but that only takes up so much of the bandwidth. Some want the rest to go toward providing internet connections to the rest of the city. Huntsville Utilities Spokesperson Joe Gehrdes admits, “There has been some discussion because we have that existing network.” The city issued a Request for Information for fiber providers just last week. […]

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    Follow the Money: The charter school bill and the Mike Hubbard indictment

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – “When a legislative body starts to make dramatic policy changes,” WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown implores, “Follow the money.” The questions about the charter school legislation working its way through Alabama are easy. Brown says you’re just looking for, “Who wins. Who loses.” The answers are not as simple, though.  For starters, the bill calls for non-profits to run charter schools. So how does money factor in? Well, the bill also allows those non-profits […]

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    Charter School Legislation: What it means for state education

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Like any good lesson, let’s start at the beginning. What is a charter school? WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown sums it up neatly, “In practical terms, it becomes a taxpayer-funded private school.” As defined in the bill, the schools would have to be run by a non-profit, a 501(c)(3). They will be public schools, but they will not be run directly by public school boards. The goal shows clearly enough under Section 3 of […]

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    UAH researchers discover how whales can help with everything from helicopters to tornado tracking

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In a lab deep inside UAH, they’ve got a piece of tech based on a whale. It’s actually just a little piece of balsa wood, which gets its shape from whale fins. UAH PHD Candidate Felix Ewere explains, “Whales have rounded tubercles on the leading edge of their fins, which actually help them to breach the surface of the ocean.” Curves like the shape of the balsa make whales aero- and hydrodynamic Ewere adds, “That’s why […]

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    NASA successfully tests rocket booster for SLS in fiery display

    PROMONTORY, Utah (WHNT ) – They packed kids into the theater at the Space and Rocket Center Wednesday morning and put a few NASA experts in front of them to answer questions and get them excited. But the main event was the test of what NASA calls the largest, most powerful rocket booster ever built. It will fly on the SLS mission to take man to deep space. The rocket system passes, heating up expectations for the broader mission. Brent […]


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