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David Kumbroch is now and has always been a storyteller.

A recent 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.

As a member of the University Fellows Experience, a group of students dedicated to leadership and community service, David spent several weeks in Marion County documenting the lives of local residents. His work was later exhibitioned by The University of Alabama Honors College.

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.


Recent Articles
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    A Veteran’s Legacy: Help return a WWII photo album to its rightful owner

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – The State Treasury Department’s unclaimed property vault holds thousands of items, covering the spectrum of strange and beautiful. Many of them have a limited time left behind locked doors, but some might stay forever. The Treasury Department’s Natalie Rudolph explains, “A lot of the collector items that we get, we do send to auction, but the military medals do not go. They’re always here in hopes that someone or a relative that they belong to will […]

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    Clothing for Confidence: Kids in need can get clothes for the first day of school for less than a dollar

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Tons of clothes will go up for grabs on Saturday at Inside Out Ministries in Madison. Impressive for Clothing for Confidence, an organization little more than a year old. Organizer Nicole McDuffie tells us, “Our senior year in high school Madison came up to me and said, ‘Nicole, I have this crazy idea,’ and I was like, ‘Ok, let’s hear it.’ And she told me all about it, and how she had a heart for wanting […]

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    Huntsville missile expertise could prove important in wake of Malaysia Air disaster

    A local expert tells us when the disaster over Ukraine started to unfold, a few very important phones in Huntsville likely started to ring. After all, Huntsville knows missiles.  We help design surface-to-air systems. We also host the Space and Missile Defense Conference, largely because of our Redstone Arsenal ties. UAH Researcher and Missile Expert Steven Messervy notes, “You have both air defense and ground support weapons, so all those are managed here at Redstone. That has been the fact […]

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    Huntsville Botanical Garden’s “pest control specialist” celebrates four-year anniversary

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Ms. Penny patrols the grounds of the Huntsville Botanical garden, hunting down pests.  Most guests don’t even know she’s there, though. Director of Visitor Services Melissa Riley tells us, “You won’t really see Penny most of the time here at the garden. If you do see her, it might just be a blur while she’s running underneath a bush or something.” Penny’s services prove key. She keeps mice out of the garden, which keeps their natural […]

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    Huntsville offers free job training seminars, with insight on Remington, Toyota and the Huntsville Police

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The city of Huntsville will offer two job seminars soon. The first is July 19th.  It covers what it takes to get a job, specifically with Remington, Toyota, or the Huntsville Police Department. The second session on August 5th covers resume writing and interview skills. Both run from 6pm until 7:30pm at the Showers Recreation Center. Huntsville Business Relations Officer Harrison Diamond says the sessions should cover the whole spectrum of job-seekers, “For people who have […]

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    Legend: University of Alabama Gymnastics Coach Sarah Patterson’s legacy ripples far outside Tuscaloosa

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A legendary coach at the University of Alabama is stepping down. Sarah Patterson has served as the Crimson Tide gymnastics coach for the past 36 years. She led the tide to more than 1,000 wins, 43 postseason championships and six national championships. Patterson has been battling degenerative knee problems for years and said she made the decision after a lot of thought and discussion with her doctors. Across the state from UA, Calvin Twisters Gymnastics in […]

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    Beer and Science: Huntsville company Leavendary provides yeast for craft brewers from HudsonAlpha labs

    Hudson Alpha houses some of the most cutting edge research in the world. Scientists routinely unlock secrets of the human genome and now some of the secrets of great beer. A newer resident of the research facility, Leavandary produces designer yeast for craft brewers. Founder Peyton McNully explains, “What we typically would deliver would be several trillion cells of yeast that started as a few thousand a few days before.” They keep their specific yeast samples stored in this super […]

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    Petition Requests Immediate Resignation of Huntsville Superintendent

    This petition, hosted on change.org, reached fifty signatures on July 3rd, each one affirming the demand that Superintendent Casey Wardynski should resign. In the wake of a federal judge’s ruling on the dispute between the Department of Justice and the school district, Petition Author Terri Michal, believes, “Outrage needs to be there. When a federal judge comes down and says some of the things she has said, I think the public really needs to be paying attention to her words.” […]

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    Superintendent Race: Focusing in on message and money

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Two candidates are still vying for the Republican nomination for Madison County Superintendent of Education.  Matt Massey and Ronnie Blair face off in the July 15 primary runoff. Let’s start by jumping straight into campaign messages. Candidate Matt Massey likes to set the focus on technical schools. “It’s working in a way where if students struggle at their home school, they’re actually pulled out of their technical school and their technical program. That’s the opposite […]

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    Human trafficking survivor uses her experience to help victims

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) – Law enforcement freed over 150 victims of human trafficking this weekend, but those victims face a hard path forward. One local group aims to help them and others like them. Tennessee Valley Family Service’s doesn’t advertise their location, because the group brings trafficked kids through the building all the time. You never know who might be looking for them. The regional director of the group, Lynn Caffery, tells us, “I’m a survivor of human trafficking, and […]

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    Attack on America: Redstone Arsenal serves as command post for nationwide training exercise

    Law enforcement from all over the southeast join up with military personnel and their robotic counterparts. In Tuesday’s drills, they serve search warrants on suspected bomb manufacturing facilities, each one carefully crafted in advance. ATF Special Agent Donal Robinson notes, “We try and make it as realistic as possible.” But away from the sweat and searches, coffee fuels a different kind of quest. A command post buzzes inside an ATF building on the Arsenal. It’s the nerve center. They collect […]

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    Money in Politics: PACs Get Involved In Madison County Superintendent’s Race

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Matt Massey takes on Ronnie Blair in the July 15 runoff for Madison County Superintendent of Education. With that vote comes politicking. An anonymous letter circulating makes claims that one of the candidates has promised to make policy decisions in exchange for support of a political action committee.  We won’t reveal the full text or the candidate it concerns. After all, the letter is anonymous, and we haven’t been able to validate its claims. What […]