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David Kumbroch is now and has always been a storyteller.

A recent 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.

As a member of the University Fellows Experience, a group of students dedicated to leadership and community service, David spent several weeks in Marion County documenting the lives of local residents. His work was later exhibitioned by The University of Alabama Honors College.

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.

Recent Articles
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    Future of the Internet: What You Need To Know About Net Neutrality

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – University of Alabama in Huntsville Professor Jeet Gupta watches the net neutrality proceedings closely. The debate focuses on whether internet service providers like Comcast can charge more to content providers like Netflix who need fast speeds to succeed. It could also open the door for people like you to pay a lot more to get an acceptable internet speed. Think of it like this, a student at UAH can pay their tuition and graduate in four […]

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    Madison County Enters Mosquito Season, Fogging Begins

    Orkin releases a top-twenty list of mosquito plagued areas, and the Huntsville-Decatur zone comes in at number seventeen. Meanwhile, a pump circles water in a shed in the back of Madison County’s Vector Control office.  Here they breed mosquito fish to try to scratch the itch for a big weapon against the mosquito problem They already dispatch trucks and fog around the county to keep the population under control. Department surveillance detected earlier this week that mosquito season has officially […]

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    Job Openings: Home Instead Senior Care Grows With Recent Healthcare Trend

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Home Instead Senior Care looks to add more than 100 new employees over the course of the year. The senior care company provides services in Madison, Marshall, Morgan, and Limestone counties. Company leaders say they’ve seen a big increase for in-home care over nursing homes. That means more demand for the services they provide. You need to be at least 19 years of age to apply. Home Instead Human Resources Assistant Susan Frampton explains the job. […]

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    State of Alabama Gives 100 New Grants For Pre-K Programs

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – The state will issue 100 new grants for Pre-K programs in Alabama, bringing the state to 410 sites statewide. The National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) sets benchmarks for Pre-K programs across the nation. The most recent NIEER report gives Alabama’s program top marks. The state meets all 10 benchmarks for quality, one of only four states to do so. However, the NIEER report does call access “very limited,” stating that only 6 percent of […]

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    UAH Students Create Drone Airship To Make Longer Drone Flight Possible

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Weighed down in an upstairs corner of a machine shop at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, you might just find the next big thing in aviation. A drone sits on an old student desk nearby, not used to taking a back seat, but it’s just a passenger for this lazy-swaying airship. It looks like a blimp, maybe twenty feet long. You see, drones have a serious shortcoming. UAH Associate Professor Brian Landrum explains, “Power is […]

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    Reminder: Photo ID Now Required to Vote in Alabama

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Alabama voters now need to have a photo ID to cast a ballot. Not having one could get you turned away at the polls. Poll workers will get a long list of acceptable options, but if you registered and don’t have any of them, you still have a chance. You can apply for an ID to use for voting purposes only. You will have to provide some documentation to get the free photo ID used […]

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    Auburn Football Player Beats Leukemia, Gets Invited To NFL Draft

    An Auburn football player stands up to represent young cancer patients everywhere. Shon Coleman will take the stage at this year’s NFL draft on behalf of St. Jude Hospital. Of course, he’s not ready to be drafted himself yet; he’s got years of eligibility left. Instead, he’ll announce one of the picks. You could say Shon Coleman’s got it all right now. Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn points out, “He just graduated Saturday, so he’s got a lot of positives […]

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    US Supreme Court Stands By Opening Prayers For Legislative Meetings

    The Supreme Court handed down a ruling in favor of Christian prayer at legislative meetings on Monday morning. That means its ok for groups like city councils and county commissions to start meetings off with a prayer. Two people from New York sued saying a specifically Christian prayer before town council meetings violated the constitution. We’ve seen these issues here in the Valley too – both the Madison County Commission and Huntsville City Council got letters from an atheist group […]

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    “Legendary” Volunteer Shares Advice, Encourages Participation

    Two years ago, we followed Saw Team Six for a weekend of work. The volunteer team cleaned up storm damage from April 27, 2011, until the United Way couldn’t find them any more jobs in Madison County. They even have a tree stump to with their name on it up on the wall of the United Way office in Huntsville. They worked for over a year and a half. In terms of hours served, they can only guess. Volunteer Lonnie […]

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    Timeline: A Look Back At The Progression Of Monday’s Severe Weather

    4:00 pm - The threat begins for the Tennessee Valley. WHNT News 19 Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson shows streaming video from a storm chaser, “That is a rotating wall cloud with a funnel cloud. I don’t see debris, but there may be a tornado on the ground. I know exactly where he is. That’s the CVS on Highways 43 in Russelville.” 4:40 pm - Storms turn dangerous further east. Simpson updates, “Coxey around Clements High School, you need to be […]

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    High School Juniors Across The State Take ACT On Wednesday

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – High school juniors across the state will take the ACT during school on Wednesday.  The state will pay for the exam. It’s a big deal for people like Sheila Roberts. She guides future generations from her office in the library of Bob Jones High School. She helps kids get into college, and she describes her job like this: “Fulfilling. Very fulfilling. To see the students meet their goal and have their dreams come true of where […]

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    Free Clothes for the Needy: Monrovia Church of Christ Offers Clothing In Free “Store”

    Piles of clothes line pews in Monrovia Church of Christ. Over the rest of the week, volunteers will take care of that Project Co-Coordinator Summer Darnell explains, “Three to four times a year, we open up our sanctuary, and we spend about a week transforming it from our church auditorium into a shopping floor.” They’ve given away a lot of clothes over the past few years. Darnell says it’s over 25,000 items since 2012. Some of those stand out more […]