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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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    Attorney General denies request to release report used to fire Spencer Collier

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 continues to take action to get answers on why Alabama’s top cop was fired by the governor. Governor Robert Bentley fired Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Secretary Spencer Collier citing an internal review conducted by an ALEA, ordered by the acting director, Stan Stabler, a political ally of Bentley’s. The internal review allegedly shows misuse of state funds by Collier. Within 24 hours of his firing, Collier provided the first concrete details about the […]

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    Huntsville brothers charged in heroin operation, drugs seized

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Law enforcement officials say they put a dent in Huntsville’s heroin problem on Monday night with a drug bust.  They say Marcus and Charles Johnson had a whole operation set up on Meridian Street. The brothers now face charges for trafficking. The bust was a joint operation of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Madison-Morgan County STAC team, and Huntsville Police.  It’s the culmination of a year-long investigation. “Heroin, unfortunately, has made a massive comeback,” said Capt. Michael […]

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    Governor Bentley Scandal: WHNT News 19 files Open Records Requests for report used to fire Spencer Collier

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to unravel one key mystery in the recent scandal involving Alabama’s governor. Can the governor justify firing former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Secretary Spencer Collier? A single document could go a long way toward answering that question, but multiple state agencies have denied our requests to release it so far. In fact, ALEA told us they don’t even have a digital copy. On Monday, we filed three separate requests […]

  • Governor Bentley goes fishing

    After week filled with scandal, Gov. Bentley goes fishing — and crisis communications pro says it’s strategic

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Fishing is one way to eliminate stress, and many would say Governor Robert Bentley had one of the worst weeks of his political career last week. He admitted to making sexually-charged comments to a senior aide, and phone recordings of conversations with Rebekah Mason were posted online. Gov. Bentley said the two did not have a physical relationship and apologized to his family and to the citizens of Alabama. This weekend, he went fishing. “Enjoyed fishing this […]

  • Spencer Collier, former director of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

    Fired ALEA Chief: Bentley’s alleged mistress is de facto Governor

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Fired Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) head Spencer Collier held a news conference at his attorney’s office on Wednesday to address his firing and level serious accusations against Governor Robert Bentley’s office. The governor announced he had fired Collier on Tuesday night, hours after the acting head of ALEA, Stan Stabler, said in a statement that an internal report found possible misuse of state funds. ALEA says it turned that report over to the Attorney General’s office. […]

  • Governor Robert Bentley (Photo: Governor's Office/Jamie Martin)

    Governor’s office fails to provide report used to justify ALEA chief’s firing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley fired the head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) on Tuesday. His statement said the firing is based on an internal ALEA report that shows possible misuse of funds. But the public doesn’t currently have any idea what all is in that report. Collier responded to his firing with a press conference on Wednesday alleging the governor carried on an affair with top advisor Rebekah Mason, and that she carries more influence […]

  • brussels

    Redstone bomb experts “closely monitoring” Brussels attacks

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – Just over a month before the Brussels bombing, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) told a gathered crowd on Redstone Arsenal, “This is a bad day for terrorists.” "This is a bad day for terrorists." – @SenShelby at Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center ribbon cutting. — David Kumbroch WHNT (@davidknews) February 16, 2016 TEDAC and Brussels Shelby was helping to cut the ribbon at a new TEDAC facility on Redstone Arsenal. TEDAC is short for Terrorist […]

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    ALEA says report found possible misuse of state funds, won’t release report

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Stan Stabler, the acting director of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), the agency which includes the state troopers, put out a statement in the beginning of March saying he had ordered an internal review of the agency’s operations, policies and procedures. Stabler has issued a new statement, and it implies some bombshells. It reads in part: “Over the past month, I worked closely with my staff to evaluate all aspects of ALEA, address agency issues, […]

  • medicaid

    Why advocates of new Alabama Medicaid system say 2016 is the year to fight for funding

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve heard from a number of parties involved that the governor may very well veto the budget he’s presented by the legislature if it doesn’t include enough funding for Medicaid. Medicaid’s proponents have focused on 2016 as a critical year. Burr Ingram is the VP of Marketing and Communications at Huntsville Hospital. He met us in a conference room, complete with a whiteboard covered in scrawl, detailing the state’s complicated Medicaid crisis. He admits, “It’s a […]

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    What reforms do prisoners want? More guards, among other things

    ATMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – Unrest and stabbings at Holman Correctional facilities have drawn the state’s attention. Prisoners, a guard, and even the warden were hurt in the incidents. Reform Plans Governor Robert Bentley wants to shut most of the state prisons down and build four new, much larger prisons. Wednesday, a senate committee passed the Prison Transformation Initiative Act to the full Alabama Senate. Governor Bentley praised the committee and also said, “For decades, Alabama`s prisons have become increasingly overcrowded, […]

  • everywhere

    Inmates, officials differ on key aspect of prison riot, but both agree violence could spread to other facilities

    ATMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – After two stabbings in just a few days, inmates inside Holman tell WHNT News 19 that overcrowding unfairly puts them in dangerous situations. Governor Robert Bentley visited Holman Tuesday morning. He agreed. “Part of the prison sentence is punishment,” Bentley told the media, “We know that. But you’ve got to protect people. Their lives have to be protected.” Inmates say they wanted to raise their concerns to Bentley, but the prison emptied out the dorm where […]

  • ladybug

    Expert says mild winter does not mean more bugs in summer

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Ken Creel works for the Alabama Cooperative Extension. He’s an expert on pests that could get into your garden. “Insects, rodents, snakes,” he lists, “Whatever.” We’ve got a few weeks before gardens get going in earnest, but what impact will our mild winter have on spring pests? “None at all,” he says, shaking his head, “The only thing it will predict is we have had a mild winter and of course it’s warming up pretty […]


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