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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.

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Recent Articles
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    Getting Results: WHNT News 19 helps homeowner get power pole cleaned up

    HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – David Shelton reached out to us with a mess on his hands. He has a tediously trimmed lawn with perfectly manicured shrubs. But the power pole on his property had wires dangling everywhere. Many cables were barely secured to the pole, and many had feet of excess blowing in the wind. In fact, many of the cables on the pole didn’t even connect to anything. Shelton tells us he made phone calls to Mediacom and WOW!, […]

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    Madison Trump Rally coincides with more than $60,000 in additional tax revenue

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – When Donald Trump came to visit Madison, city leaders went back and forth over the cost. The final dollar amount came out as $30,764.98. An argument was made that tax revenues would help offset that. When we Took Action, we found the Trump rally coincided with an 8.03% bump in sales and lodging taxes for Madison, totaling $63,097.72 in tax revenue. Here’s how we did it. We filed a records request regarding sales tax and lodging […]

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    Tax Fraud: A multi-billion dollar heist hits home in the Valley

    You have to know the way to get to James Buttram’s home in Sylvania. He’s got enough company anyway, with a dog he’s almost always holding and a few more he cares for lying around. He tells us, “They give me something to enjoy.” He’s not looking for surprise guests. But he says this spring, “I went to my mailbox one day, and I got a letter from the IRS.” Odd, because Buttram doesn’t file income tax. He draws disability. […]

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    Chamber of Commerce presents study on huge economic gains in Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable Thursday morning to talk about a University of Alabama in Huntsville study on their efforts over the last few years. Chamber President Chip Cherry sat down to talk with the media, alongside the UAH researchers who studied the economic impact of chamber announcements over the last three years. The stats show the Huntsville metro as one of the fastest growing in the country, accounting for 34% of […]

  • Mary Foster King discusses issues related to distracted driving. (WHNT News 19)

    Distracted Driving Project: Jones Valley Elementary students tackle tough topic in debate

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The students at Jones Valley Elementary weighed in on an important topic Wednesday. They debated whether the government or manufacturers should hold responsibility for preventing distracted driving. Distracted driving is a cause we feel strongly about.  WHNT News 19 is in the midst of a year-long campaign against distracted driving. Every day, people are injured or killed in wrecks because of distracted drivers. We want to take action to help you stay safe behind the wheel. […]

  • Jones Valley's 5th grade G.A.T.E. students participated in The Great Debate. (Photo: Joe King)

    Huntsville students debate important topic of Distracted Driving

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Wednesday, students at Jones Valley Elementary weighed in on an important topic.  They wanted to get to the bottom of a big problem in our community, and everywhere, unfortunately — to determine who is responsible for stopping distracted driving. We feel very strongly about this cause.  WHNT News 19 is in the midst of a year-long campaign against distracted driving.  Every day,  people are injured or killed in wrecks because of distracted drivers.  These can include drivers who are […]

  • Several parents voiced concerns about the plan to move special needs students from Mill Creek to Rainbow, asking the school board to take more time to think through the decision. (Photo: David Kumbroch/WHNT News 19)

    Parents stall Madison City Schools’ plan to move special needs students

    MADISON, Ala. – Parent backlash managed to stall a plan by Madison City Schools to address overcrowding at Mill Creek Elementary.  The plan would have moved Pre-K and developmentally delayed students from Mill Creek to Rainbow Elementary. That plan was put on hold Tuesday. Around 50 onlookers piled in for a midday meeting of the Madison City Board of Education.  The board met to vote on the idea to ease overcrowding issue. “Mill Creek is at capacity, so we have to […]

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    Governor used campaign loophole to build war chest, pay Rebekah Mason and retain lawyer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You might think campaign funds are for campaigning.  But the governor has other uses for them. Gov. Robert Bentley used a campaign finance loophole to build himself a war chest for his second term, that he’s spent on Rebekah Mason’s communications firm, an attorney known in part for the high-profile corruption cases he’s handled, and consulting. You can trace the effort back to October 24, 2014: The governor has 12 days left in the campaign to […]

  • Spencer Collier, former director of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

    ALEA refuses WHNT’s Open Records Request for report used to fire Spencer Collier

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has denied our request for the report used to fire former secretary Spencer Collier. WHNT News 19 has been pushing for this report for months. Governor Robert Bentley fired Collier in March. The next day, Collier went public with claims that Bentley’s Senior Political Advisor, Rebekah Mason, was also his lover and the quote “de facto Governor”. But why did Bentley fire Collier in the first place? A release from the […]

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    What’s in the ethics complaint that may remove Chief Justice Roy Moore?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended again. Late Friday, we learned the Judicial Inquiry Commission had filed a complaint with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. That court will hear the complaint against Moore and could remove him from office for good. The first 32 pages could be the end of Roy Moore’s term as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. It meticulously lays out how Moore undermined the authority of federal courts in Alabama. […]

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    Failure of Alabama prison bill sets the stage for federal intervention

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A major prison reform bill sunk into the mire of this legislative session. The bill would have borrowed $800 million to build four new mega-prisons and addressed the state’s overcrowding issues. Inmates in Holman and Elmore correctional facilities have been on work stoppage for nearly a week, protesting the conditions that come with severe overcrowding, including inadequate food, medical care, and violence. Alabama prisons house almost twice as many prisoners as they’re meant to. Still prisoners […]

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    Who leaves office first in Alabama political tumult? It’s a three-horse race

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The three most powerful people in the three branches of state government — Governor Robert Bentley, Chief Justice Roy Moore and House Speaker Mike Hubbard — could all lose their jobs by the end of the year.  You could compare it to a three-horse race to see who loses their office first. So, we did.  Watch: Horse 1: ’23 Felony Counts’ Jockey: Speaker Mike Hubbard Mike Hubbard sure seemed like the early front-runner to lose his spot […]


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