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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
  • Selma Anniversary: A video retrospective on the president, the kids, and the lessons learned

    SELMA, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 spent the weekend in Selma commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march. David Kumbroch put together this video retrospective to look at the weekend from one viewpoint. Below, we helped condense the events into a moment. We also visited with some Huntsville City Schools students who got to make the trip. They were joined by a number of other families as well. The state troopers also met the crowds there, but […]

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    Alabama Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling breaks legal conventions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The legacy of Wedding Week in Alabama begins to fade after an extraordinary intervention from the state’s high court. Attorney Shelley Bilbrey says, “Basically, the Alabama Supreme Court did something highly irregular.” Their 148-page ruling breaks all kinds of legal conventions. For starters, Bilbrey points out it’s unusual for the court to even take a case like this directly, “In this instance, they skipped the trial court and the mid-level court and went straight to the […]

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    Attorney says Alabama probate judges that issue same-sex marriage licenses could face contempt of court

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The federal government does not take kindly to states getting in the way of their rulings. Attorney Shelley Bilbrey notes, “You know at some point, we end up with the George Wallace standing at the school-house door situation.” Let’s say a probate judge wants to issue a same-sex marriage license. Let’s say they want to side with the federal court and ignore the state ruling. Why not? Bilbrey answers, “They would be fearful of a contempt […]

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    Budget Battle: What it means to remove earmarks

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT ) – The State of the State address will help set the course for the debate over Alabama’s budget. The governor has proposed new taxes.  Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) made a big ordeal that he will “not let that happen.” However, the pair seem to agree on one tactic. Holtzclaw mentioned in a media conference Monday that he was on the same page as the governor as far as removing earmarks in the state. He says that’s […]

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    State Sen. Holtzclaw: ‘Billboard has proven to be very effective, which was the intent’

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – State Senator Bill Holtzclaw, who stands at the center of a political controversy involving Governor Robert Bentley and Madison County roads, says the billboard he posted last week has done exactly what he intended it to. “The billboard has proven to be very effective, which was the intent,” Holtzclaw said at a news conference Monday afternoon in Madison. He said looks forward to reviewing Governor Robert Bentley’s budget after Bentley presents it Tuesday.  However, Holtzclaw said […]

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    Eighteen-wheeler flips, slows traffic on Highway 72 in Tuscumbia

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – State troopers tell us an eighteen-wheeler flipped on Highway 72 West, just past Tuscumbia a little after ten Saturday morning. Troopers say they aren’t sure how the truck lost control and flipped. However, they say the driver did not suffer life threatening injuries.

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    Behind the Scenes: Winter weather means the same things to us as it does to you

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  As you bunker down for the winter weather, just know, we’ve heard all the jokes. We’ve heard the one about how we’ve got a deal with big milk and bread. We’ve heard the one about how we’re in cahoots with the grocers. But really, we have to deal with winter weather threats the same way you do. It’s a story as old as time. People hear snow; People clean out supermarkets. We’re like the Pavlov’s dogs […]

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    Downtown Huntsville hotels fill up ahead of bad weather

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Homewood Suites in downtown Huntsville is full up for Wednesday night. Assistant General Manager Kimberly Howard tells us, “The phone is ringing off the hook.” She notes that the rings start to run together, “Every phone call that comes in is pretty much asking for a room for tomorrow night.” No dice here. When people expect the streets to get dangerous, doctors and nurses, who work next door at Huntsville Hospital, immediately make the call […]

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    Historic Huntsville Depot to limit access to private events when it reopens from renovations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A fixture in downtown Huntsville, the Historic Huntsville Depot, is planning to limit its access to the public when it reopens in a few months. The Depot, the large yellow building at 320 Church Street, has been closed for several months for interior renovations.  When in reopens, it will only open for scheduled events such as meetings, weddings, field trips and birthday parties. Bart Williams, Executive Director of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums, says the staff had several […]

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    AEA at a crossroads after moving to dismiss boss

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Education Association began what looks like a major leadership shakeup this weekend, taking some big steps toward firing Executive Secretary Henry Mabry. WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown notes the teacher’s association has seen its sway diminish, “They’re having to regroup.” Brown notes at their height, “They could pretty much set the agenda on education related issues.” Then the republican takeover of the legislature changed the whole political landscape “AEA has simply not […]

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    Analyst: Governor works strategy for tax fight with the legislature

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The governor has declared his intention to raise taxes to fix our budget shortfalls, but WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown does not expect anti-tax republican legislators to go quietly into that good night. He tells us, “The fight has just begun.” He feels Governor Bentley has a political strategy though. Here’s how he views the governor’s approach to the legislature: “If they don’t adopt my solution, the monkey is then on their back. And […]

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    School Closings & Delays: Monday, February 23

    (WHNT) – The following is a list of school delays and closings for Monday, February 23, 2015. Check the latest forecast here Alabama A & M University: Open at 10:00 a.m. Albertville City Schools: Closed (Code Yellow for 12 month employees, come in if it is safe) Arab City Schools: Closed Athens Bible School: Open at 11:00 a.m. Athens City Schools: 2-hour delay Athens State University: Open at 11:00 a.m. Bethel Baptist School (Hartselle): 2-hour delay Blount County Schools: Closed […]

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