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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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    Huntsville-Madison County Library starts program to get kids hands-on experience in the archives

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville-Madison County Library starts a new program this week at its main branch that aims to get kids interested in the special collections they keep upstairs. The third floor of the library houses all kinds of historical documents and artifacts, and they want kids to get hands on with them. The special collections section already appeals to older genealogy researchers. But Special Collections Manager Richard White tells us, “I want to expand that.” That’s why […]

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    Let’s take a look at some of the Polaris vehicles a dealer says Huntsville will manufacture

    ATHENS , Ala. (WHNT) – Champion Powersports in Athens knows the appeal of recreational vehicles well. Champion Powersports Manager Ted Joy counts off, “We’ve been partnered with Polaris for about 10 years.” He says they see remarkable demand, and the announcement of a manufacturing plant has them even more excited about sales. Joy adds, “Just the brand awareness I think is going to help, not only us, but all the dealers in the area.” At the dealership, they hear the […]

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    Cullman drug court officer faces sex abuse charges, lawsuit

    CULLMAN, Ala. (WHNT) – Cullman County Drug Court Officer Winfred Eugene Vance faces sex abuse charges, including sodomy. Court records show a grand jury indicted Vance after a December arrest. Our newspartners at al.com report that a lawsuit alleges Vance used his position with the Cullman County Drug Court to make unwanted sexual advances. The lawsuit has nine plaintiffs and seeks $25 million in damages. You can read more about the suit from our newspartners here.

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    “Selma” captures mood of historical period, but may miss some facts

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley will screen the new movie “Selma” Tuesday evening. Many view it as a historical triumph, but others question points of accuracy. Donald Dickey helped put together a new museum exhibit for Selma, Alabama. He tells us he spent three years researching for it. He read thousands of pages and most importantly, he says, “I talked to the people that were there.” He’s also seen early cuts of the film version. He wants people […]

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    Schools eye delays with extreme cold approaching

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The sun seems sick of doing us the favor of keeping us warm. We’ll have to bundle up all week, but if temperatures and windchills dip too far, we may see school delays. Huntsville City Schools Spokesperson Keith Ward tells us, “We wouldn’t have the mandatory start of classes until ten.” It’s already cold, but school officials with multiple districts say they’ll start looking at delays on Wednesday for later in the week. Ward notes, “There […]

  • WHNT News 19 Rewind: Snow prep in 1987

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – This time of year, the weather is the number one focus on a lot of people’s minds, especially here in the Tennessee Valley, where it’s subject to change at the drop of a hat. In this week’s WHNT News 19 Rewind, Reporter Rudy Koski takes you back to January 3rd, 1987, where weather was definitely the talk of the day. It just goes to show how long we’ve seen the classic “milk and bread” stories.

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    Fashion Police: Oklahoma legislator proposes fining people for wearing hoodies

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – A republican state senator in Oklahoma has introduced an amendment in the state that would ban people from concealing their identity while out and about. The proposal would include wearing hooded sweatshirts. Violating would come with a five-hundred dollar fine. To be clear, there would be exceptions. It wouldn’t apply to be dressing up for parties, parades, or holidays. It also would exempt people covering their faces because of religious beliefs. The proposal would let […]

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    End of Combat Operations: Lessons learned and the way forward in Afghanistan

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  A weekend ceremony ended the combat operation for the United States and NATO in Afghanistan. Lieutenant General Jim Pillsbury watched the combat mission unfold for himself as the head of Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal. Now he tells us, “I’m retired. I’m doing a little consulting. I’ve got an eight handicap.” Just one of many differences since the US went to war in Afghanistan. In fact, he tells us, “That very nature of warfare […]

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    What to expect from the economy in 2015

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A surprise of sorts helped define 2014’s economic outlook. Bill Wilkes is an economics professor at Athens State University, and he admits, “I’ll be honest with you, I never thought that we would see gas much below three-fifty. But then now it’s almost two dollars.” Think about the effect cheaper gas has had on you, and know, that it spreads through the whole economy the same way. Wilkes adds, “That’s freed up a lot of money […]

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    Passing the Hours: Counting down to the new year with a time expert

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Minute by minute, 2014 eroded out from underneath us. As the metaphorical sands of time churn through the gears of our mechanical hourglasses, some watch more closely than others. Bill Wilkes teaches economics at Athens State University. But in his spare moments, he hovers over clocks that lose their way with time. He admits, “I’m a mechanically minded individual.” So he’s drawn to the swing and twist of the keepers of the hour. “That’s how I […]

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    Check Your Records: Many of your online purchases for the year should be declared on your taxes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A lot of us turn to online shopping, be it for holiday gifts or just general consumption. Now, if you go to a brick and mortar store in Alabama, you have to pay a sales tax. Alabama tax law actually requires you to do the same for online shopping, even if you aren’t charged by the seller. It shows up here, on Form 40, which tracks income among other things. One line on the form accounts […]

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    Don’t forget! Property taxes due by the end of the year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The back corner of the Madison County Courthouse sees a lot of traffic Tuesday. That’s because Wednesday is the cutoff to pay property taxes without any penalties or interest. If you don’t feel like going in person, you can mail a check in. Madison County Tax Collector Lynda Hall assures on Tuesday, “If it’s postmarked tomorrow, the 31st, we’ll honor it.” Property taxes vary wildly from person to person, but on average, Hall estimates you’re looking […]


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