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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
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    Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

    CALAIS, Maine — Authorities said a 22-year-old man died after he launched a firework off the top of his head on Saturday night. WCSH reported that 22-year-old Devon Staples and his friends were drinking at the time of the incident. It reportedly happened in the backyard of one of Staples’ friend’s homes in Calais, Maine. According to the state Department of Public Safety, Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off. He died instantly after the firework exploded. The […]

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    UPDATE: Buckhorn graduate dies following weekend kayak accident in Athens, tried to save man from drowning

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT ) – A second person has died following a kayaking accident that happened Saturday evening on Summit Lake in Athens.  Calindo Cassavette Fletcher, Jr. died Monday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Fletcher, 20, swam to help a man who tipped over in a kayak several times. Buddy Wayne Johnson, 37, of Trinity was kayaking in Summit Lake on the east side of Athens around 6 p.m. Saturday. The lake is at Lindsey Lane and Summit […]

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    Police warn of road blockage, accident takes down traffic lights at intersection of Madison Boulevard and Shelton Road

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison Police issued a warning just after 8 p.m. Saturday to avoid the area of Madison Boulevard and Shelton Road. A wreck knocked down a traffic light at the intersection. Crews are on scene directing traffic, but they expect to work for a while to get the intersection cleared.  

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    NASA identifies ‘fireball’ over southeast as falling space junk

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We start with the most important question. “This was definitely not aliens,” says Bill Cooke, who studies meteoroids at Marshall Space Flight Center. There’s still some mystery surrounding the event for Cooke though. He says, “I’m wondering what everybody was doing up at 12:30 on a Sunday night.” As far as what came crashing out of the sky, Cooke has some strong ideas, “It wasn’t a meteor. We think it might be a piece of re-entering space junk, […]

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    NASA, SpaceX looking into ‘final milliseconds’ of failed rocket flight

    (WHNT) – We start the investigation with an inexorable truth, newly affirmed from NASA Human Exploration and Operation’s William Gerstenmaier, “Space flight is not easy, as we’ve described to you before and especially I think this points out the difficulty and the challenges we face in spaceflight.” The mission was to carry supplies and experiments to the International Space Station. The United States manages ISS payload operations on Redstone Arsenal. They wouldn’t speak with us Monday, but shortly after the failure […]

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    Chris Squire, bassist from Yes, passes away at 67

    (CNN) – Bassist Chris Squire from the progressive British rock band Yes died after battling leukemia. The band announced his passing via their Facebook page. Fellow band member Geoffrey Downes also posted about Squire’s passing on twitter. Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire. #yes — Geoffrey Downes (@asiageoff) June 28, 2015 Squire died at the age of 67.

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    Supreme Court expected to hand down same-sex marriage ruling, choosing from a range of options

    WASHINGTON D.C. (WHNT) – The court will have to make its decision on same-sex marriage soon, needing to announce by the end of June. They have planned announcements for the morning of June 25. But it’s not as simple as “yes” or “no.” Attorney Shelley Bilbrey notes, “They have basically three options.” She explains the range of decisions they could hand down, “One is to say ‘yes’ to the first question that orders states their own marriage licenses and certificates […]

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    Advocate explains historical reasoning behind removing Confederate flags

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – David Person hosts a talk show now.  But, he’s worked in different areas of media for decades. He’s followed the Confederate flag debate since he moved to Alabama from Chicago years ago. Wednesday, Governor Robert Bentley ordered the removal of Confederate flags from the grounds of the state Capitol, saying, “What I did today was symbolic. I think what I did today is I became the first Governor to remove the Confederate flag. Other governors have called […]

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    Coroner identifies Lake Guntersville drowning victim as 32-year-old Leslie Sanchez Jordan

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Emergency crews spent Saturday afternoon searching for a drowning victim in Lake Guntersville. They recovered the body Saturday evening. The Marshall County Coroner identified the victim Sunday as Leslie Sanchez Jordan, a 32-year-old man from Athens. The coroner says Jordan was watching the Spring2Summer Wakeboarding Tournament. He adds that the cause of death was drowning, but the details are still being investigated by marine police. The organizers of Spring2Summer also released a statement. It reads: As […]

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    Confederate flag: The story behind the evolving symbol

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – “I’ve been studying the Civil War longer than I can remember,” confides Sean Busick. He’s an associate history professor at Athens State University. Over time, Busick has researched seemingly every angle of the struggle between the Union and the Confederacy. But now, tomes of scholarly discussion seem to simplify to one symbol — the Confederate battle flag. He tells the story of how the flag came to be. Early in the Civil War, troops had trouble distinguishing […]

  • Photo Gallery: Rocket City Pride in downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – People gathered in downtown Huntsville Saturday afternoon for Rocket City Pride. WHNT News 19 has a crew there to bring the full story this evening, but for now, enjoy this quick photo gallery of the events taking place and feel free to contribute your own!

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    Samsung Galaxy Vulnerability: How to protect yourself from hackers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You can’t personally eliminate the vulnerability in you Galaxy phone. You can, however, understand what it means for you. Over at F1 Solutions in Huntsville, they make it their business to eliminate as many vulnerabilities as possible. Senior Tech Troy McCartney notes that with even a single bad line of code, “The attacker can use the opportunity to get their software onto your phone when your phone checks for updates.” He adds it could give them a […]


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