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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.

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Recent Articles
  • Does coverage for pre-existing conditions in newest AHCA draft go far enough for our representatives?

    In what appear to be the final stages of negotiation for a new version of the Republican’s healthcare reform bill, the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), treatment for people with pre-existing conditions takes center stage. Republican lawmakers from North Alabama emphasize taking care of people with pre-existing conditions, while interest groups say the AHCA would leave them especially vulnerable. Representative Robert Aderholt (R-4th) says of the latest version of the bill, “As far as I can tell right now, the language looks good.” Congressman Aderholt originally […]

  • Shutdown averted? Congressman Aderholt says he believes government will stay open

    Even as Congress approaches its last day to come to a funding agreement, Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-4th District) said he’s confident the government will not shut down, “I feel very good that we will have a continuation of the funding of the federal government. And I don’t think that we’ll see a shutdown.” That said, he does believe the Washington negotiations will continue past the deadline. “We will probably negotiate for another week for negotiations for the funding,” he explained. […]

  • WHNT News 19 team wins Murrow award for documentary on Downtown Rescue Mission, watch it here

    The Radio Television Digital News Association has recognized “A Rescue Mission” with Regional Murrow Award for Small Market Television. The documentary, produced by David Kumbroch, Courtney Crown, and Kristen Conner, highlights the community services provided by Huntsville’s Downtown Rescue Mission, including its year-long addiction treatment program. The Murrow region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. In the program, attendees detail their struggles with addiction and homelessness, opening up about everything from suicide attempts to crystal meth addictions. They talk about […]

  • Alabama agency director warns against certain cuts in President Trump’s proposed budget

    President Donald Trump’s budget proposal zeroes out two programs that benefit Alabama in big ways — Community Development Block Grants and the Appalachian Regional Commission. The money from those programs flows through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). The agency’s director, Jim Byard Jr., said, “The federal dollars come to the state and ADECA, and then they end up in the local communities.” Byard has concerns if the president gets his way with his budget plans. We […]

  • Alabama Supreme Court panel upholds Chief Justice Roy Moore’s suspension for same-sex marriage complaint

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The special panel assembled by the Alabama Supreme Court to hear Chief Justice Roy Moore’s challenge to his suspension from office has ruled against him. The Judicial Inquiry Commission presented a case to the Court of the Judiciary that Moore should be suspended for sending an advisory order telling probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, six months after the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage in its Obergefell decision. The Court […]

  • Criminal investigation into Bentley administration continues, despite plea deal

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – “I can tell you that we’re still working,” says the Special Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Bentley corruption investigation. The Attorney General’s Office took on a criminal investigation of Governor Robert Bentley’s administration. AG Steve Marshall put the investigation under the guidance of Ellen Brooks, the former Montgomery County District Attorney. Brooks confirms that Bentley’s departure from office did not stop that effort. She tells WHNT News 19, “The state, the people deserve that. This needs to […]

  • Resistance to Resignation: How Governor Robert Bentley changed his mind and copped a plea

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. —  One week ago, Alabama’s governor made a decision that rumbled through the capitol. He would quit — sign a plea deal and walk away. Governor Robert Bentley told the room of staffers, cabinet members and reporters, “It is time for me to step down as Alabama’s governor.” The final announcement came after a long list of very public embarrassments for the governor, who had his relationship with the woman who was once his Senior Political Advisor exposed. It […]

  • Ethics commission report on Bentley was ‘hundreds of pages’ long

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – When the Alabama Ethics Commission determined there was probable cause that Robert Bentley had violated state ethics and campaign finance laws, they didn’t turn it over to the Attorney General’s Office. They turned it over to the Montgomery County District Attorney. Montgomery DA Daryl Bailey recalls, “We had two attorneys from the ethics commission who came and personally delivered the referral letter. They gave me a synopsis of the case file along with that.” The report released by the […]

  • Representative who drove Bentley impeachment effort says he has “nothing left for Montgomery”

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.-Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) pushed articles of impeachment against Governor Robert Bentley from the first revelations to his eventual resignation. In that moment, Bentley’s alternately mournful and defiant last speech before leaving office, Henry finds, “Definitely a little bit of vindication, especially for those original eleven signers of the Articles of Impeachment. There was quite a bit of ridicule and judgment that was placed on those individuals.” He’s right. Even some Republican colleagues felt like Henry was leading them out on a limb. […]

  • Ron Sparks, Office of Rural Development eliminated under new administration

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A spokesperson for newly-minted Governor Kay Ivey says the governor will sign an executive order to abolish the Office of Rural Development. The move makes director Ron Sparks the second state official that the Governor’s Office has confirmed to lose his job under Ivey, the first being Rebekah Mason’s husband, Jon Mason, who headed up SERVE Alabama, a faith-based community organization. Governor Bentley created the Office of Rural Development in 2011 by combining the Black Belt Action […]

  • Gov. Robert Bentley resigns from office: “It is time for me to step down”

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After a tumultuous day in Montgomery, Governor Robert Bentley has resigned from office. “The time has come for me to look at new ways to serve the people of our great state. I have decided it is time for me to step down as Alabama’s governor.” This comes hours after a House committee began impeachment hearings, and about one hour after Bentley was booked in the Montgomery County Jail on misdemeanor charges.  He pleaded guilty to failing to file a major […]

  • Governor Robert Bentley’s office in negotiations to set terms of his resignation, sources say

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Two sources have confirmed to WHNT News 19 that the governor’s office is currently in negotiations to set the terms of Governor Robert Bentley’s resignation. However, neither source believed an agreement had been reached. Resignation negotiations could include agreements on potential criminal charges after the Alabama Ethics Commission found last week that there was probable cause to pursue the governor for breaking state ethics and campaign finance laws. A spokesperson for the governor tells WHNT News 19, […]