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David Kumbroch is now and has always been a storyteller.

A recent 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.

As a member of the University Fellows Experience, a group of students dedicated to leadership and community service, David spent several weeks in Marion County documenting the lives of local residents. His work was later exhibitioned by The University of Alabama Honors College.

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.

Recent Articles
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    “Legendary” Volunteer Shares Advice, Encourages Participation

    Two years ago, we followed Saw Team Six for a weekend of work. The volunteer team cleaned up storm damage from April 27, 2011, until the United Way couldn’t find them any more jobs in Madison County. They even have a tree stump to with their name on it up on the wall of the United Way office in Huntsville. They worked for over a year and a half. In terms of hours served, they can only guess. Volunteer Lonnie […]

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    Timeline: A Look Back At The Progression Of Monday’s Severe Weather

    4:00 pm - The threat begins for the Tennessee Valley. WHNT News 19 Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson shows streaming video from a storm chaser, “That is a rotating wall cloud with a funnel cloud. I don’t see debris, but there may be a tornado on the ground. I know exactly where he is. That’s the CVS on Highways 43 in Russelville.” 4:40 pm - Storms turn dangerous further east. Simpson updates, “Coxey around Clements High School, you need to be […]

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    High School Juniors Across The State Take ACT On Wednesday

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – High school juniors across the state will take the ACT during school on Wednesday.  The state will pay for the exam. It’s a big deal for people like Sheila Roberts. She guides future generations from her office in the library of Bob Jones High School. She helps kids get into college, and she describes her job like this: “Fulfilling. Very fulfilling. To see the students meet their goal and have their dreams come true of where […]

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    Free Clothes for the Needy: Monrovia Church of Christ Offers Clothing In Free “Store”

    Piles of clothes line pews in Monrovia Church of Christ. Over the rest of the week, volunteers will take care of that Project Co-Coordinator Summer Darnell explains, “Three to four times a year, we open up our sanctuary, and we spend about a week transforming it from our church auditorium into a shopping floor.” They’ve given away a lot of clothes over the past few years. Darnell says it’s over 25,000 items since 2012. Some of those stand out more […]

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    North Alabama Runners Return To Boston Marathon

    Around 36,000 runners took part in the 118th Boston Marathon Monday. Many considered it a time to heal after last year’s bombings killed three and injured more than 200 others. We talked to a Huntsville native who watched the race first hand this year. You may actually remember Andrew Hobbs. We spoke with him last year after the bombing. He described it at the time, “Just a flood of people started running, and my buddy was like, ‘What was that?’ […]

  • “Salem” Actors Talk About Pushing Boundaries, Crossing Lines

    (WHNT) – Our parent company, Tribune, will debut “Salem” – a new original series this Sunday, April 20.  It airs at 9 p.m. central on WGN America. “Salem” takes a gritty look at the witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts.  In this piece, we show you how the cast and crew handle all the lines the show crosses. The cast and crew built “Salem” on the foundation of pushing boundaries. “I know when Salem is working best is when the censor calls […]

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    Behind the Magic of “Salem”

    (WHNT) – Our parent company, Tribune, will debut a new show this Sunday, April 20 on WGN America. “Salem” takes a gritty look at the witch trials embedded in the DNA of this country.  To show off the series, we went in person to see the set and meet the actors.  In this segment, we look at how the crew goes about creating magic out of thin air. It takes a unique kind of sorcery here on the set of “Salem,” […]

  • Cast, Crew Anxious About Premiere of “Salem”

    (WHNT) – WGN America, our parent company, debuts its first original series this Sunday, April 20.  “Salem” airs at 9 p.m. central. “Salem” takes a gritty look at the witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts. In this look, you’ll see the human side of a major television premiere. It took months of work to created frozen-in-time homes and storefronts on the set, located in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Craftsmen of all kinds brought it to life. But now, something new hangs in the […]

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    50-Year-Old Cross On Top Of Monte Sano Shines Over Huntsville Once More

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — You may not have noticed, but among the trees on Monte Sano, a cross towers over the Rocket City. From its perch, it dwarfs even the rockets themselves. For years, the lit cross could be spotted for miles around, until it fell into disrepair and went dark. Last fall, a group of church goers went to work on the area, cleared the ground, and re-lit the cross. Because sometimes, you have to make your own way […]

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    Tax Day: Where Does Your Money Go?

    The government deals in money like a beach deals in sand. It’s hard to comprehend the numbers it throws around, especially when it just keeps growing. But what if we make it simple? What if you gave the government one-hundred bucks? Where would it disappear to? Healthcare spending would take up the most of your Benjamin. You’d spend $25.19 on it. But defense spending comes in at a very close second. Keeping up our nation’s military would run you $24.79. […]

  • Cutting Wait Times: Huntsville Hospital Works With UAH To Fight Wait Times, Inefficiency

    If you get stuck in the emergency room at Huntsville Hospital, you might not have to wait as long. A partnership between the medical facility and the University of Alabama in Huntsville could improve your care. Deep inside the Von Braun Research Hall at UAH, through the dingy corridors, past a labeled set of double doors, you find office D14.  Inside, a man inhales oxygen and exhales efficiency. UAH Research Scientist Joe Paxton admits, “I go into a restaurant. Well, […]

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    New Hope Faces First Severe Weather Season With Community Storm Shelters

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve seen some nasty weather, and we’re approaching the heart of severe weather season. That means it’s important for you to get your emergency plans in order.  After all, they could change from year to year. For example, in New Hope, they now have a community storm shelter open. New Hope Mayor Butch Taylor carries one of the keys to New Hope’s freshly installed storm shelters. Taylor says others belong to, “All of city council, […]