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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
  • Bentley campaign’s payments for Rebekah Mason legal services not permitted by law, according to Secretary of State

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Secretary of State John Merrill, whose office oversees campaign finance in Alabama, says he cannot find any item in state law that would permit the governor’s campaign expenditure to cover legal expenses for Rebekah Mason, once his senior political advisor. The governor’s annual campaign finance report shows that his campaign fund paid an attorney’s office nearly $9,000 in January of 2016, nearly three months before accusations surfaced that Bentley and Mason were having an affair. Bentley’s personal […]

  • Governor Bentley paid legal fees for Rebekah Mason with campaign contributions

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Robert Bentley’s attorney, Bill Athanas, confirms to WHNT News 19 that the governor’s campaign paid nearly $9,000 for Rebekah Mason’s legal fees. Mason was Bentley’s political advisor and the woman he admitted to having an “inappropriate relationship” with in March of 2016. But Bentley denied the relationship was physical. The payment, which appears in this year’s campaign finance report, dates the payment on January 3, 2016. That’s more than two months before allegations surfaced that the pair were having an […]

  • North Alabama counties head in different directions for 2016 election, analysis shows

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – President Donald Trump took office near the end of January, but the election that put him in the White House leaves loads of surprises in its wake. For example, in our viewing area alone, we saw one of the biggest statewide spikes for Democrats and massive shifts toward Republicans, all in the same cycle. As a candidate, Donald Trump turned electoral expectations on their head, and that held true right here in Alabama too. Of course, no surprises […]

  • Gov. Robert Bentley violated campaign finance law, failed to disclose $50,000 loan on time

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley violated campaign finance law by waiting more than two months to report a $50,000 loan he made to his campaign committee on Nov. 15, two years after his last campaign for governor, campaign records show. The loan was supposed to have been reported within two business days of the committee depositing the money in the bank, but Bentley didn’t report it until late January, according to state campaign finance records. Alabama Secretary of State John […]

  • Huntsville Utilities re-bids fiber network buildout after licensing issue voids contract

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A spokesperson for Huntsville Utilities says a licensing issue with Bear Communications voided the contractor’s agreement to build the utility’s fiber network, which will be used by Google Fiber. The project has been re-bid, and the utility company is currently considering three options. Tuesday marked the deadline for bids to complete the project. Bear Communications submitted a bid to resume their work.  They’ll compete against Erwin Cable Construction and BlueStream. Huntsville Utilities Spokesperson Joe Gehrdes said the […]

  • Local couple fights back when contractor takes their money and gives them the runaround for a year

    ARAB, Ala. – We recently received an email from an older couple in Arab who said a roofer walked off with $1,400 — over a year ago — and never came back to do the work. We’re not going to let that stand. The Griffins have all their paperwork from their deal with Westbrook Construction. They wanted a metal roof over a workspace. Mrs. Griffin does quilting upstairs and Mr. Griffin works on projects downstairs. “The contract was signed on […]

  • Madison Mayor’s wife blew more than 3X the legal limit on preliminary breath test during DUI arrest

    MADISON, Ala. – Court records in the DUI arrest of Julie Finley, wife of Madison Mayor Paul Finley, show she blew a .273 on a preliminary breath test for alcohol intoxication, with .08 being the legal limit. While the ticket says Finley refused a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) test, a note nearby on the ticket lists a .273 PBT, which stands for preliminary breath test. State Troopers say they pulled Finley over for driving 103 miles per hour on I-565 […]

  • Huntsville couple shares nightmare of hiring contractor, and we find him in jail

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – You have to be careful hiring contractors. Many people call the WHNT News 19 investigative team to track down bad contractors. In this case, it wasn’t too hard. We found the contractor in question in the Madison County Jail. When Emily Jacobs and her husband decided to remodel the bathroom in their home, they went with a friend’s recommendation: Custom Creations Tile and Stone. “We agreed to pay half down, which seemed reasonable to us at the […]

  • Huntsville school board members demand new data on discipline, recount teacher struggles

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the wake of the discipline report that continues to show major racial disparities, Huntsville City School Board Member Walker McGinnis told Interim Superintendent Tom Drake he expects new data by next month. “I don’t get upset if I see things going up if I know why,” McGinnis said at Thursday’s school board meeting. Huntsville City Schools has worked through multiple codes of conduct, seeking to reduce the overall number of punishments that take students out of […]

  • Mourning mother warns suburban parents about drugs after teen’s murder blocks from home

    MADISON, Ala. – The City of Madison endured its first murder of 2016 on the day after Christmas. Maureen Mack-West passed the Sonic in front of James Clemens High School on her way home from errands the day after Christmas. It was soaked in police lights and surrounded by crime tape. She tried to text her 18-year-old son Jason. He didn’t answer. “And I got home, and I said, you know, there’s a lot of police tape. I have a […]

  • After Madison murder, slain teen’s mother talks about her son and his accused killers

    MADISON, Ala. – Her son was shot to death the day after Christmas just blocks from the family home. Maureen Mack-West tells WHNT News 19 she passed the Sonic by their house on the way back from errands. She saw the police; she saw the news cars. She texted her son, Jason, but he didn’t answer. She says that wasn’t normal for him, even as an 18-year-old. So she went back to the restaurant, just a few hundred yards in front […]

  • Two men arrested in Madison teenager’s murder have been indicted

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala.  – The two men arrested in the murder of Madison teenager Jason West at the Sonic near James Clemens High School have now been indicted, as revealed in a scheduled preliminary hearing on Monday. According to statements in the criminal complaint against 19-year-old Trevor Cantrell and 22-year-old Dacedric Ward, West had agreed to buy Xanax from the two men at Sonic on County Line Road in Madison. The complaint says the pair had always intended to rob […]