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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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    House fire kills three young children in Mississippi

    BYHALIA, Miss. (WREG) – A family is mourning three children killed in an early morning house fire in Byhalia, Mississippi, located in the Northwestern corner of the state. The fire started around 2am Saturday morning. By the time fire crews arrived, the house was completely engulfed. Annette Tate and her three young grandchildren, 2-year-old Tylnn, 1-year-old Abel, and 8-month-old Mickayla, were inside the house. Tate said she woke up to the smoke and tried desperately to get to the children, […]

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    Learning from Sony: What Valley companies should take away from the hack

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tech experts say hackers took Sony for a lot. F1 Solutions in Huntsville does IT work. Their Troy McCartney tells us, “What I was reading was about a hundred terabytes of data.” Let’s get some perspective, a lot of phones these days come with 32 gigabytes of storage The data Sony hackers made off with could fill 3,200 of those. That’s how at least a share of the blame can fall on Sony itself. McCartney assesses, […]

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    Why gift cards appeal to younger and younger kids

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – With all the talk of wish lists and presents this time of year, it just feels wrong when you hear business expert David Berkowitz say,  “Children don’t necessarily want a physical gift.” Berkowitz now serves as the Dean of Graduate Students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, but he’s studied business for decades. He argues that kids would often rather have a gift card so they make their own purchases. For years, it felt like […]

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    An unlikely culprit shows up to save the holidays for retailers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) – After much hand-wringing over Black Friday sales creeping up on our beloved Thanksgiving, retailers didn’t get all they expected. David Berkowitz is now the Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, but he’s also studied business for decades. He notes, “The Black Friday days were very weak relative to last year.” But he finishes, “It seems like the Christmas season itself has actually been pretty strong.” He says the bounce back actually […]

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    The Sony Hack and You: Important reminders on personal security

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Sony hack may seem bigger than all of us, but really it should hit frighteningly close to home. Troy McCartney works at F1 Solutions, who does IT work in Huntsville. He points out, “For an individual, the most personal form of communication these days is going to be with your mobile device, maybe text message.” Think of all the personal conversations you’ve had there, things you wouldn’t want everyone in your life to know. How […]

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    Hot Holiday Gifts: Why don’t we see the big sellout toys anymore? It’s not just online shopping

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In the Rocket City, Target’s toy shelves teem with options. Target Executive Team Lead Greg Perrine walks us through the aisles, “Anything branded with Frozen this time of year is going really good.” Right away you notice that the hot items are all right there on the store shelves, just days before Christmas. A lot of holiday shopping used to focus on what you couldn’t find. It just doesn’t seem to work like that anymore. Perrine […]

  • WHNT News 19 Rewind: Top Christmas Gifts of 1981

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – With Christmas right around the corner, many people are still trying to decide on that perfect gift. We thought you might enjoy seeing what were the hot items for Christmas gifts in 1981. Rubik’s cubes were popular that year, along with Muppets toys and items from the Dukes of Hazzard. Dick Curtis takes us shopping in this  WHNT News 19 Rewind.  

  • Curtains catch on fire on VBC Stage, concert hall evacuated

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Patrons of Sunday afternoon’s Cirque Dreams Holidaze performance got more than they bargained for when the show at the Von Braun Center Civic Hall was interrupted. “We had a small fire on the stage this afternoon during the production,” said Broadway Theater League director Andrew Willmon. The focus quickly shifted from the performance for the people in attendance. “We were in the second row,” said patron Zeke Byron. “One minute we’re looking at a guy spinning, […]

  • Incredible Video: Implosion at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (CBS) – Engineers imploded the west side of the football stadium on the Texas A&M campus, which previously held just over 83,000 people. The implosion makes way for major improvements. It took several thousand pounds of explosives to get the job done. Now crews need to clear out the thousands of pounds of leftover debris before building a whole new west side, which is scheduled to be finished in time for Texas A&M’s first home game next […]

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    UPDATE: Two New York City Police Officers ambushed, shot and killed

    UPDATE: NEW YORK, New York (AP)  – Officials say a second New York City officer has died after a gunman ambushed them inside their patrol car before committing suicide. The shooting took place Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where officials say they were pronounced dead. Law enforcement say the shooter ambushed the officers in their patrol car in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. The two officials, a senior city official and a law enforcement […]

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    Holiday Lights: Is it expensive to leave them on too long? What about safe?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The holidays can bring out that little light in all of us. But for some us . . . it’s lots and lots of lights. It’s easy for your mind to wander to your power bill, but the folks with Huntsville Utilities assure the lights won’t make a huge difference. Huntsville Utilities Spokesperson Joe Gehrdes explains what causes high holiday power bills, “It’s anything you use to heat. Your HVAC system. Your water heater, if it’s […]

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    New Army laser weapon lets soldiers cut an enemy drone in half using an Xbox controller

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – We got a glimpse of the future of warfare on Redstone Arsenal Wednesday. It’s called a high energy laser, or HEL MD. It’s basically a laser weapon that can destroy airborne targets. The Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) here on Redstone manages the system. SMDC Tech Director Richard Defatta explains the laser can intercept anything from rockets to individual mortar shells. He says the laser can even cut an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in half […]


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