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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
  • Joe Wheeler EMC restores power in Somerville area after equipment failure

    SOMERVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A number of people reported a power outage in the Somerville area Saturday night. Joe Wheeler EMC crews say they have resolved the issue and everyone’s power should be back. They say an equipment failure at a substation near Somerville caused the issue, but that failure was not weather related. We were told by a JWEMC official, “Tonight’s just the night that it decided to die.”

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    Flood Damage Relief: SBA loans, disaster loan office open for Christmas flood victims in north Alabama

    SOMERVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Disaster Loan Outreach Center opened in Somerville on Wednesday to help people apply for aid designated for victims of the Christmas flooding that impacted several counties across Alabama. The relief loans come from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Those SBA loans can be used by non-profits and businesses, but they can also be used by homeowners and renters who were impacted by the flooding in the last week of December. People who suffered losses in Cullman, […]

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    Getting the Kids to School: What school districts need from parents when it gets this cold

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – “We run 219 buses every day,” says Dan Evans. He’s the Madison County Schools Director of Operations. That’s a lot of opportunities for something to go wrong, so they start prepping well ahead of time. Evans tells us, “The preparation for cold weather begins months and months ahead of time. We service our buses every 20 days. Our mechanics keep them in great mechanical shape. We do fuel additives for cold weather.” But the preps don’t […]

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    Former Madison County school resource officer indicted for sex act with child under 19

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office announced that former deputy and school resource officer Jerome Heard, 41, has been indicted on charges for inappropriate contact with a student. Authorities say the sexual encounters took place during the 2012-2013 school year, during which time Heard worked as an SRO at Sparkman High. Heard turned himself in Friday, posted a $70,000 bond, and has since been released, according to authorities. #BREAKING Madison Co. School resource officer Jerome Heard, 41, indicted […]

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    WHNT News 19 anchor returns for rematch with kids of Madison City Chess League

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – For the last two years, WHNT News 19’s David Kumbroch has gone to play a kid from the Madison City Chess League as part of a fundraiser. Kumbroch, along with other community leaders, gets a sponsor. If the kids win, the sponsor pays up cash. Now, when you see a bunch of kids challenging adults to quiet games of contemplation, you’re tempted to assume they’re all prodigies, thoughtful wunderkind — serious beyond their years. So it […]

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    UPDATE: Rescue crews free girl trapped in cave in Dolberry Hollow area

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Jackson County rescue crews freed a girl trapped in a cave in the Dolberry Hollow area around 2 am Sunday morning. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the girl was part of a larger group who went exploring Saturday afternoon. The girl was not able to walk because a large rock had fallen on her leg. Rescue teams needed to use four-wheelers and specialized equipment to pull her to safety. The Hollywood Fire Department said the girl’s injuries are not life […]

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    Tennessee Titans announce they have hired Mike Mularkey as head coach

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – The Tennessee Titans have announced that they have officially hired Mike Mularkey as their head coach. The #Titans have hired Mike Mularkey as head coach: https://t.co/V0coo82Jyv pic.twitter.com/VfyQCkZxig — Tennessee Titans (@Titans) January 16, 2016 Mularkey stepped in as interim head coach for the Titans back in November, replacing Ken Whisenhunt seven games into the last season. Whisenhunt went 1-6 on the year. Mularkey went 2-7 as head coach. Mularkey served two seasons as head coach of […]

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    FOUND: Madison Police locate missing teenager

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison Police say they have found Bettina Lucente, a 16-year-old teenager who they began looking for on Saturday. We thank the community for helping them to get the word out.

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    Warming centers opening in Tennessee Valley because of cold weather

    (WHNT) – A number of warming centers serve the public during extreme cold weather.  Phone numbers are listed for some — please call before you visit to double-check hours and make sure they are indeed open. Alabama 211 also keeps an online list of warming centers across the Tennessee Valley. NOTE: WHNT News 19 has reached out to different counties — we are working to add more resources to this list. If you are affiliated with a church or other […]

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    Madison County Sheriff’s Office calls media conference on arrest of former deputy

    UPDATE: Learn more about the arrest of a former Madison County School Resource Officer for sex crimes with a minor here. MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will hold a media conference in Huntsville Saturday morning at eleven. A release from Lt. Michael Salomonsky says they will cover the arrest of a former Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy. WHNT News 19 will be there and will bring you updates online and on social media, along with a report […]

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    Luxury flights & cars help the well-to-do get to the game in style

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Hopefully everyone can find a way to enjoy the national championship game on Monday. But we have to admit — that enjoyment looks a little different for the rich and famous. If you fly in to see the game, odds are you land in Phoenix. But the big money, it flies into Scottsdale. Sarah Ferrara, the Scottsdale Airport outreach coordinator, told us “We have a 100,000 pound weight limit, but that brings in a pretty good sized corporate jet.” […]

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    Bama fan in Phoenix creates oasis for Crimson Tide fans

    PHOENIX, Ariz. – A great many Bama fans are making their ways out to Glendale for the national championship game. The Alabama Alumni Association in next-door Phoenix plays a big part in setting up events and making sure they have a good time. The organization started there over 20 years ago – with a move from Huntsville, Ala. Brian Katz has waited for this moment since he moved from Huntsville 20 years ago. At first, the desert lived up to its […]


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