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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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    Missing Child: Athens Police search for missing four-year old

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Athens Police are searching for a missing child, and they want your help.  They’re looking for a four-year-old boy, Jeremiah Michael Owens. He was last seen wearing a red and white striped shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes at the 1st Cash Express on Grace Avenue. He went missing around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. If seen, please call 256-233-8700.

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    Madison County Detention Center coping with chronic lack of staff

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We went to talk to Lieutenant Betty Davey about a system they’re working on to let inmates video chat with relatives who might not be able to make it to the detention center physically. Conveniently, we get a whole dorm to ourselves for the interview. They don’t have the staff to open it for inmates. We ask Davey the last time she saw a full staff here. She responds, “I can’t say that’s been ever.” They […]

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    Mental health services struggle in Huntsville, could get worse after budget cuts

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Advocates warned back in February that we would see an even greater shortage of treatment after Alabama Psychiatric Services shut its doors. Those who work with the mentally ill say they see a full-blown crisis. The Madison County Detention Facility’s Lt. Betty Davey tells us, “A lot of the mental health facilities are closing down. Now my officers are going to have to be trained in mental health issues.” They echo the sentiment across town at […]

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    UPDATE: Man charged in Morgan County teen’s disappearance after both found in Oxford, Ala.

    LACEY’S SPRING, Ala. (WHNT) – The Morgan County Sheriff’s office says a 20-year-old man faces criminal charges after he was found with a teenager reported missing over the weekend. Colby Tucker, 20, was found with a 15-year-old girl reported missing over the weekend from Lacey’s Spring.  The two were found in Oxford, which is south of Anniston. Tucker is in custody in Oxford, and is charged with second-degree rape, according to Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin.  He is awaiting bond. […]

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    Two people injured in wreck on Meridian Street Saturday afternoon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police say two people suffered minor injuries in a t-bone accident on Meridian Street near the intersection with McDonnell Road just after 2:30pm Saturday. One patient complained of leg pain, another of neck and back pain. Police say a white van pulled off McDonnell  into oncoming traffic and got hit by a red car on Meridian near Alabama A&M’s campus Most or all of those involved were A&M students. Everyone is expected to be ok. Traffic […]

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    U.S. Capitol put on lockdown after shots fired

    WASHINGTON DC (Associated Press) – Law enforcement locked down the U.S. Capitol in Washington Saturday, after a gunman fired shots outside the building. A statement from Capitol Police says the suspected gunman has been “neutralized”. According to Capitol Police, the suspect suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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    Bill requiring virtual education policies has superintendent support

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Just weeks after passing a major charter school bill, the state legislature is looking to tackle the issue of virtual education in this session. SB72 flew through the state senate with only one vote against. The bill would require each school district to create a plan for a virtual high school education that a student could complete and earn a diploma. Madison City Schools Superintendent Dee Fowler keeps a close eye on SB72. He sees why virtual […]

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    Madison City Schools calls for Pre-K applications, working to serve more students

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – If you want your child in a Pre-K program in Madison, you need to get signed up.  Madison City Schools are accepting Pre-K applications throughout the month of April. The school district has rapidly expanded Pre-K education over the last few years. Madison City Schools Superintendent Dee Fowler notes, “Just last year, we purchased and renovated a building specifically for Pre-K education.” Still, they can only serve so many students. “At this time, we have over 100 […]

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    Huntsville Police make arrest in hit-and-run that injured a 4-year-old child

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police have made an arrest in a weekend hit-and-run at the Economy Inn on University Drive in Huntsville. Police have arrested 24-year-old Jessica Matthews. Police said Matthews drove through the parking lot of the Economy Inn on University Drive on Saturday and ran over the 4-year-old victim’s foot.  The girl was playing in the parking lot, police said. The girl’s father followed Matthews to a residence and called police, who arrested her.  She is charged with […]

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    7-year-old boy beats WHNT News 19 anchor in chess…for charity

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison City Chess League needed some funds, so as MCCL Executive Director Ranae Bartlett explains, “We invited and issued a challenge to the community.” The kids would play all comers. Bartlett continues, “If the child won, then the adult would donate to the Madison City Chess League.” The students play black; the adults play white. WHNT News 19 Anchor David Kumbroch faced 7-year-old Simon Fellows. Before the match, David asked Simon when he learned to […]

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    Traditional war machines star alongside futuristic concepts at AUSA

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You can find warfare virtualized and digitized, but you can still find all the traditional trappings of human conflict at the AUSA Symposium and Exposition. Nammo’s Mark Trexler shows off shoulder-launch weapons systems. Milton Manufacturing’s Jeff Benton shows an MATV variant — a troop transporter. It’s important to remember that for all the consumer grade technology we find adapted, we also find incredibly powerful weapons. Trexler picks up a particularly menacing looking round, “This is an […]

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    Alabama companies take advantage of business opportunities at AUSA

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The defense industry in Alabama features all kinds of components. Like Amerex of Trussville, a company that makes fire suppression systems, which showed us a war vehicle equipped with some of their tech. Amerex’s Jeff O’Donnel notes, “That is designed to detect and extinguish a fire in less than 250 milliseconds.” Strategic Systems of Decatur also showed up with a few of their friends — some ghastly green targets mounted on moving metal arms. CSM(R) Jonathan Hunt of […]


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