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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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    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, […]

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    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 […]

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    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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    Piedmont Police shoot and kill Boaz man who they say opened fire on them

    PIEDMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – Piedmont Police say they shot and killed an armed suspect today. A statement from the department says they were investigating a suspicious vehicle. It turned out to be stolen from Marshall County. The police say the driver fled, and the officers pursued. They say the suspect wrecked into a ditch and tried to run. They say he fired a weapon at the officers, who returned fire. Police confirm the man killed was 26-year-old Wesley Chad Deerman […]

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    Mountain Gap student wins Alabama State Spelling Bee

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – A Mountain Gap School fifth grader is the new Alabama State Spelling Bee Champion. Erin Howard won the title in Birmingham on Saturday. The bee finished in nine rounds. Howard won by spelling “Acadians.” Acadians were descendants of colonists of New France in northeastern North America that settled in Acadia during the 17th and 18th centuries. She made it to the state level as a third grader, and she says she’s always had a goal to […]

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    Man pleads guilty on $2.5 million investment theft that left victims, including an Alabama football & NFL player with nothing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Kenneth Darby made his name on the field for Alabama. He would make that name into a brief NFL career. And he would try to turn that into an investment in his family’s future by investing money through a man named Keith Rogers. Now, Rogers faces prison time for securities fraud. He has changed his plea to guilty in his criminal case. He faces up to 20 years in prison. It wasn’t just Darby’s money; there were multiple victims. Alabama […]

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    ATF stats show how many guns disappeared from Alabama gun shops in 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An annual report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) shows 481 guns were lost from Alabama’s federally licensed gun dealers in 2015. That includes both theft and inventory problems. Why are guns stolen so frequently? Firearms are a natural target for criminals. The Madison County District Attorney’s Chief Investigator Kevin Turner puts it simply, “When you use a stolen weapon, naturally it can’t be traced back to you.” Stolen guns create an entire […]

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    Minimum wage issue shows clash of ideas among state Republicans

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  “It was a close call,” Representative Mike Ball (R-Madison County) says, “It wasn’t an easy call to make.” The vote totals did not reflect that; the law that prevented municipalities from raising their minimum wage passed with a combined total of 94-42. But the theoretical close call comes from an idea conservative legislators talk about often. Ball sums it up, “I do believe that as many decisions as possible should be handled on the local level.” […]

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    Ted Cruz wins Kansas, Maine; Bernie Sanders wins Kansas, Nebraska

    (CBS) – Ted Cruz came away with a couple of big electoral wins on Saturday. He’ll take the most delegates from both Kansas and Maine. Cruz beat out Trump in the Maine caucuses, finishing with 46% of the vote compared to Trump’s 33%. John Kasich came in third with 12%. Marco Rubio earned 8% In terms of delegates, that means Cruz will pull in twelve, Trump nine, and Kasich two. In the Kansas caucuses, Ted Cruz finished with 48% of […]

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    Alabama leaders express their condolences for the passing of Nancy Reagan

    (WHNT) – Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died at her home in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure at age 94. Governor Robert Bentley (R) issued this statement about the passing of Nancy Reagan: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. President and Mrs. Reagan were dedicated public servants and always prioritized helping those in need. During her time in the White House, First Lady Reagan served with remarkable grace and class. She […]

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    Election Analytics: Turnout, conversion, and key way north Alabama differs from state

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Republican presidential candidates drove voters to polls in droves. Super Tuesday marks Alabama’s highest Republican turnout in a primary election, all the way back through the start of the Secretary of State’s digital records in 1986. A total of 864,740 people cast presidential ballots on the Republican side of the of the primary in 2016. Compare that to 2012 – only a little more than 621,731 voted in the feverish contest to replace Barack Obama. It’s not […]

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    Ballot Clutter: Why you need to look past all those delegate races on the primary ballot

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A huge chunk of the Super Tuesday’s Alabama ballot belongs to delegate races. We’ve had people call; we’ve had people email. What’s the deal with all these delegates? WHNT News 19 spoke with the Madison County chair of the Republican Executive Committee today. His recommendation? Only vote for a delegate if you know that person by name and want to support him or her. Those delegates don’t have a lot of power. They just go to their […]


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