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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
  • Huntsville City Council Races: One decision made, one decision still to come

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two Huntsville City Council races hit ballots in the latest round of municipal elections. In District Four, Bill Kling handily defeated challenger Jackie Reed. He’ll keep the seat he’s held since 1988. But in District Three, intrigue brews. Rosemary Schexnayder did not seriously challenge in the vote totals and has been eliminated. However, her voters may prove the most important yet. Candidates Jennie Robinson and Walt Hennessee finished in a dead heat. They will now campaign […]

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    Ice Bucket Challenge: Funds find their way to ALS research in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The sound of icewater dousing donors sounds a lot like a future for researchers in one HudsonAlpha lab. They spend their time pouring over genetic code, searching for something that stands out in ALS patients. But labs like these don’t come cheap, and funding doesn’t come easy. ALS Researcher Brittany Lasseigne explains, “We get a large portion of our money from grants, so NIH grants and things of that nature. We also apply to private foundations […]

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    Huntsville Municipal Races: All the resources you need for Tuesday’s election

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Municipal elections near, as the polls open and close on August 26th. The city of Huntsville has five active races, and we’ve got resources for all of them. First of all, you need to know which district you’ll vote in. You can find that information by filling out this short form. It shows your polling place and lists all your districts at the bottom of the page. We also have extended interviews with all the candidates, […]

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    Two Madison County engineers leave jobs to make video game, close to funding their dream

    HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – The Harvest-based part of the team behind Elysian Shadows works out of a room in the back of Lead Software Architect Falco Girgis’s house, with their hearts on their sleeves, their plans on the walls. In their minds, video games have marked the eras of their lives, right from the beginning. Lead Gameplay Engineer Tyler Rogers remembers, “Well, I met Falco, I believe in the fifth grade, and he was one of the only other people […]

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    UAH students get scholarships to pursue cyber security

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Cyber security crimes seem to be growing all the time, but so is the force to fight back. For example, for a group of students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, cyber security has done a lot. The National Science Foundation funded a scholarship, totaling four-point-two million dollars. One of seven scholarship recipients, Jesse Hairston tells us, “It’s going to pay for the rest of my college.” But getting more students like these means a […]

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    Former barista launches Huntsville coffee enterprise to supply fresh, locally roasted beans

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Shannon King started out as a barista in a New York City Starbucks. A lot has changed. A lot hasn’t. She still loves making coffee, and that’s why she’s now roasting beans in the back of Honeypie Bakery in Huntsville. King tells us, “I really missed home. I missed my family. I decided that it was time to go home. I’d been gone a long time. I never thought I was going to be gone that […]

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    Specialist: Most mid-sized hospitals, including Huntsville Hospital, could deal with an Ebola case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A major deadly disease outbreak can come with all kinds of horrifying symptoms. One at the top of that list? Fear. It’s easy enough to see why, with extreme precautions taken just for transport in the U.S. But actually, it’s not as extreme as it looks. Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Ali Hassoun lists out the safety steps needed, “You’re going to need gloves. You wear certain attire to cover your clothes. Also with some of the […]

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    Huntsville company partners with Immigration and Customs Enforcement

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – System Dynamics International in Research Park handles some sensitive information. CEO Pamela White explains, “We’re involved in all aspects of UAV’s, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, otherwise known today as drones.” So it makes sense for them to work hand in hand with the Department of Homeland Security. They’ve worked for a two years to get a partnership with ICE, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, worked out. IMAGE – the ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers – […]

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    Crowdfunding craze relies on psychological impulses

    (WHNT)  – Jennifer Stocum takes on a short tour of one corner of Billy Hunter Park in Hazel Green. She wants to build a handicap accessible playground. She has meetings scheduled with all kinds of movers and shakers to get the thing going, but she also started a gofundme page. She got the idea from a donation she made, “I have a friend with really bad health issues, and she needed to go to Boston to get some medical treatment. […]

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    Sheriff’s deputies seize pills, cash from home on Wingate Ave.

    Madison County Sheriff’s deputies discovered drugs and piles of cash in a Tuesday morning raid.  The location of the raid is in central Huntsville, just near the intersection of Drake Avenue and Whitesburg Drive. A spokesperson tells us agents got their hands on $22,000 worth of oxycodone, plus another $40,000 in cash. The investigation took them a few weeks and led them to 209 Wingate Avenue.  They say they’re pleased with the haul. “If you’re selling narcotics, your day will come. It […]

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    Thirty Years Later: Madison Square Mall at a crossroads

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison Square Mall opened to quite the crowd three decades ago. Huntsville Director of Planning Michelle Jordan muses, “They’ve had a great thirty-year history in Huntsville.” But now the mall just doesn’t create the same excitement. Turns out, more than a few things have changed since it opened. Jordan points out, “Thirty years ago, a million-square feet under one square roof was the blueprint for success.” Now though, communities around the country look for new solutions […]

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    Taking Action: WHNT News 19 helps get yard fixed after contractor leaves a huge hole

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  A little construction process kicked off around Grissom High in June. It didn’t bother Michael Lose, who lives nearby. He tells us, “My wife Gigi and I are all for progress.” His house sits on a corner of Bailey Cove,  so he and his wife set out to improve the right-of-way that separated their yard and the road. Lose tells us, “We’ve spent a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money […]


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