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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

Recent Articles
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    Cleaning the water won’t eliminate health risks for West Morgan East Lawrence customers

    MORGAN AND LAWRENCE COUNTIES, Ala. (WHNT) – Filtering contaminants out of the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority’s water is a good start, but it doesn’t eliminate the long-term health effects of exposure to PFOA and PFOS. Even if tests do come back clean from the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority, the production history of companies along the Tennessee River suggests the issue of PFOA and PFOS exposure isn’t new for people who live here. Dr. Jamie DeWitt got […]

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    State Rep gives insight into mindset that led Hubbard to wind up a convicted felon

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Representative Mike Ball (R-Madison) says he can tell you how this happened. Ball served as chair of the House Ethics Committee, at the pleasure of House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Lee County). He stood by Hubbard in his post-indictment press conference. He says he had to go to bat for his colleagues who were being smeared with the Hubbard story, despite their innocence. Ball still questions the prosecution’s tactics in the Hubbard trial. And when he looks […]

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    Day after Hubbard conviction, Alabama reps begin to vie for Speaker of the House

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Just a day after Mike Hubbard gets convicted, Representative Phil Williams (R-Madison County) says he’s still up for the speaker’s job. He points out, “Yeah, I threw my hat in the ring a year ago, while he was sitting in the hair. I was the only one who challenged him sitting in the chair. Now that it’s an open seat. I expect there to be lots of hats tossed into the ring.” He’s reiterated his […]

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    Decatur Utilities to make water available to West Morgan East Lawrence customers

    LAWRENCE AND MORGAN COUNTIES, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur Utilities says they will work in coordination with the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority (WMELWA) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to provide drinking water to the customers of that water authority. WMELWA had previously told customers it was not safe to drink the water from them because of high levels of PFC compounds, specifically PFOA and PFOS. The compounds are part of the production process of Teflon and a […]

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    Taking Action: Understanding the chemicals contaminating Alabama water systems

    MORGAN & LAWRENCE COUNTIES, Ala. (WHNT) – Since the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority and West Lawrence Water Co-op called a news conference to tell the public their water isn’t safe to drink because of PFOA and PFOS contamination, that water has been at the center of traded public comments. Members of the Morgan County and Lawrence County Commissions say it’s not that bad, that they’d still drink it. The governor says it only affects pregnant mothers and nursing babies. […]

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    What does PFOA/PFOS water contamination mean for my health?

    WEST MORGAN – EAST LAWRENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a lot of confusion right now over the safety of the water in the West Morgan and East Lawrence areas.  This, after a Thursday announcement by the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and West Lawrence Water Co-Op saying people should not drink the water. Messages from state and county leaders conflict with this. What should you believe?  Here is information from scientists, who have linked prolonged exposure to the chemicals found in […]

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    Sights and Sounds: Maple Hill Cemetery Memorial Day Event

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Hundreds gathered at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville to mark this year’s Memorial Day. Crowd from this morning's Maple Hill Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony. @whnt — David Kumbroch WHNT (@davidknews) May 30, 2016 Brigadier General Joe Stringham, a retired Army Ranger, did a Salute to the Fallen, “Who are these now faceless names we honor and remember, their deeds reflected in the history of this country from Trenton to Fallujah, with thousands of stops on […]

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    Getting Results: WHNT News 19 helps homeowner get power pole cleaned up

    HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – David Shelton reached out to us with a mess on his hands. He has a tediously trimmed lawn with perfectly manicured shrubs. But the power pole on his property had wires dangling everywhere. Many cables were barely secured to the pole, and many had feet of excess blowing in the wind. In fact, many of the cables on the pole didn’t even connect to anything. Shelton tells us he made phone calls to Mediacom and WOW!, […]

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    Tax Fraud: A multi-billion dollar heist hits home in the Valley

    You have to know the way to get to James Buttram’s home in Sylvania. He’s got enough company anyway, with a dog he’s almost always holding and a few more he cares for lying around. He tells us, “They give me something to enjoy.” He’s not looking for surprise guests. But he says this spring, “I went to my mailbox one day, and I got a letter from the IRS.” Odd, because Buttram doesn’t file income tax. He draws disability. […]

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    Madison Trump Rally coincides with more than $60,000 in additional tax revenue

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – When Donald Trump came to visit Madison, city leaders went back and forth over the cost. The final dollar amount came out as $30,764.98. An argument was made that tax revenues would help offset that. When we Took Action, we found the Trump rally coincided with an 8.03% bump in sales and lodging taxes for Madison, totaling $63,097.72 in tax revenue. Here’s how we did it. We filed a records request regarding sales tax and lodging […]

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    Chamber of Commerce presents study on huge economic gains in Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable Thursday morning to talk about a University of Alabama in Huntsville study on their efforts over the last few years. Chamber President Chip Cherry sat down to talk with the media, alongside the UAH researchers who studied the economic impact of chamber announcements over the last three years. The stats show the Huntsville metro as one of the fastest growing in the country, accounting for 34% of […]

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    Distracted Driving Project: Jones Valley Elementary students tackle tough topic in debate

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The students at Jones Valley Elementary weighed in on an important topic Wednesday. They debated whether the government or manufacturers should hold responsibility for preventing distracted driving. Distracted driving is a cause we feel strongly about.  WHNT News 19 is in the midst of a year-long campaign against distracted driving. Every day, people are injured or killed in wrecks because of distracted drivers. We want to take action to help you stay safe behind the wheel. […]


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