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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
  • Local couple fights back when contractor takes their money and gives them the runaround for a year

    ARAB, Ala. – We recently received an email from an older couple in Arab who said a roofer walked off with $1,400 — over a year ago — and never came back to do the work. We’re not going to let that stand. The Griffins have all their paperwork from their deal with Westbrook Construction. They wanted a metal roof over a workspace. Mrs. Griffin does quilting upstairs and Mr. Griffin works on projects downstairs. “The contract was signed on […]

  • Madison Mayor’s wife blew more than 3X the legal limit on preliminary breath test during DUI arrest

    MADISON, Ala. – Court records in the DUI arrest of Julie Finley, wife of Madison Mayor Paul Finley, show she blew a .273 on a preliminary breath test for alcohol intoxication, with .08 being the legal limit. While the ticket says Finley refused a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) test, a note nearby on the ticket lists a .273 PBT, which stands for preliminary breath test. State Troopers say they pulled Finley over for driving 103 miles per hour on I-565 […]

  • Huntsville couple shares nightmare of hiring contractor, and we find him in jail

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – You have to be careful hiring contractors. Many people call the WHNT News 19 investigative team to track down bad contractors. In this case, it wasn’t too hard. We found the contractor in question in the Madison County Jail. When Emily Jacobs and her husband decided to remodel the bathroom in their home, they went with a friend’s recommendation: Custom Creations Tile and Stone. “We agreed to pay half down, which seemed reasonable to us at the […]

  • Huntsville school board members demand new data on discipline, recount teacher struggles

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the wake of the discipline report that continues to show major racial disparities, Huntsville City School Board Member Walker McGinnis told Interim Superintendent Tom Drake he expects new data by next month. “I don’t get upset if I see things going up if I know why,” McGinnis said at Thursday’s school board meeting. Huntsville City Schools has worked through multiple codes of conduct, seeking to reduce the overall number of punishments that take students out of […]

  • Mourning mother warns suburban parents about drugs after teen’s murder blocks from home

    MADISON, Ala. – The City of Madison endured its first murder of 2016 on the day after Christmas. Maureen Mack-West passed the Sonic in front of James Clemens High School on her way home from errands the day after Christmas. It was soaked in police lights and surrounded by crime tape. She tried to text her 18-year-old son Jason. He didn’t answer. “And I got home, and I said, you know, there’s a lot of police tape. I have a […]

  • After Madison murder, slain teen’s mother talks about her son and his accused killers

    MADISON, Ala. – Her son was shot to death the day after Christmas just blocks from the family home. Maureen Mack-West tells WHNT News 19 she passed the Sonic by their house on the way back from errands. She saw the police; she saw the news cars. She texted her son, Jason, but he didn’t answer. She says that wasn’t normal for him, even as an 18-year-old. So she went back to the restaurant, just a few hundred yards in front […]

  • Two men arrested in Madison teenager’s murder have been indicted

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala.  – The two men arrested in the murder of Madison teenager Jason West at the Sonic near James Clemens High School have now been indicted, as revealed in a scheduled preliminary hearing on Monday. According to statements in the criminal complaint against 19-year-old Trevor Cantrell and 22-year-old Dacedric Ward, West had agreed to buy Xanax from the two men at Sonic on County Line Road in Madison. The complaint says the pair had always intended to rob […]

  • Man arrested in Fort Lauderdale shooting has lengthy military record

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – WHNT News 19 has obtained new information from a spokesperson for the Alaska National Guard about the military record of Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, the man arrested for the deadly shooting in the Fort Lauderdale airport. Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead says Esteban Santiago-Ruiz was a Soldier in the 297th Cavalry in Fairbanks, Alaska, prior to his discharge. Olmstead adds that he was formerly a member of the Alaska Army National Guard, leaving the organization in August 2016. Other facts from […]

  • After siren failure during November tornado warning, EMA tests new procedures for first time

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency tested sirens and trained on new procedures Wednesday, marking the first full-scale run through since sirens failed to sound during a November tornado warning. In November, we took action to get answers about what happened and how the EMA would make sure it got it right the next time. The EMA told us a single line of missing computer code caused the failure, but Director Jeff Birdwell also promised more rigorous testing […]

  • Huntsville-Madison County EMA: Most outdoor warning sirens function properly during January test

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Today at 12 p.m. the Huntsville-Madison County EMA conducted a test of the outdoor warning system.  If you live or work near one of these sirens, hopefully you heard it activate. We heard sirens at our office downtown.  WHNT News 19 is followed up with the EMA to see if the test went as planned.  Director Jeff Birdwell said yes.  Of the 128 sirens in Madison County, only five to seven did not activate. “There were either […]

  • Taking Action: Did embattled Meridianville daycare simply re-open with a new name?

    MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. – A Meridianville daycare shut its doors this summer after videos of adults interacting harshly with children surfaced, leading the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) to tell us they would investigate. Now, a new daycare center has opened in the same location, still under the same family, though the entire staff has reportedly been replaced. The video of adults aggressively disciplining kids at the Kiddie Land childcare center in Meridianville earned a lot of attention in June of […]

  • Death penalty on the table for young men accused of Madison teen’s murder

    MADISON, Ala. – Decedric Ward, 22, and Trevor Cantrell, 19, face capital murder charges for the murder of 18-year-old Jason West, meaning if convicted, they would face life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. WHNT News 19 spoke with Ron Smith, a defense attorney who says he’s worked around ten different capital cases in the last few years, to clarify what goes into constituting a capital murder charge and what gets weighed during the decision […]