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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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    Getting Results: Woman with home wrecked by unlicensed contractor gets $40,000 renovation donated

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You may remember Connie Ibarra’s story.  She hired an unlicensed contractor.  She says he claimed to have a license and took over $20,000 for renovations, which he never completed. The city shut down the job, finding his work didn’t meet code. On Tuesday, Connie Ibarra sits on her new porch, surrounded by the people she calls her new family — a team of subcontractors who came together under Stoneridge Homes to save her house. David Stanton […]

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    Fiber Internet: What about Madison?

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve heard a lot about Huntsville’s intentions to become a “Gig City,” but what about fiber internet for neighboring Madison? First off, yes, city leaders want fiber internet in Madison. Mayor Troy Trulock tells us, “For our citizens and as a resident of Madison, I am very interested in high-speed fiber getting to our homes and our businesses.” In fact, they understand the benefits first-hand after recent upgrades at city-hall. “High-speed fiber is critical, adds Trulock, […]

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    Why it doesn’t look like Huntsville will get municipal fiber

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You may not know, but Huntsville Utilities already maintains a fiber network. They use it to monitor their systems — but that only takes up so much of the bandwidth. Some want the rest to go toward providing internet connections to the rest of the city. Huntsville Utilities Spokesperson Joe Gehrdes admits, “There has been some discussion because we have that existing network.” The city issued a Request for Information for fiber providers just last week. […]

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    Follow the Money: The charter school bill and the Mike Hubbard indictment

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – “When a legislative body starts to make dramatic policy changes,” WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown implores, “Follow the money.” The questions about the charter school legislation working its way through Alabama are easy. Brown says you’re just looking for, “Who wins. Who loses.” The answers are not as simple, though.  For starters, the bill calls for non-profits to run charter schools. So how does money factor in? Well, the bill also allows those non-profits […]

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    Charter School Legislation: What it means for state education

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Like any good lesson, let’s start at the beginning. What is a charter school? WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown sums it up neatly, “In practical terms, it becomes a taxpayer-funded private school.” As defined in the bill, the schools would have to be run by a non-profit, a 501(c)(3). They will be public schools, but they will not be run directly by public school boards. The goal shows clearly enough under Section 3 of […]

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    UAH researchers discover how whales can help with everything from helicopters to tornado tracking

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In a lab deep inside UAH, they’ve got a piece of tech based on a whale. It’s actually just a little piece of balsa wood, which gets its shape from whale fins. UAH PHD Candidate Felix Ewere explains, “Whales have rounded tubercles on the leading edge of their fins, which actually help them to breach the surface of the ocean.” Curves like the shape of the balsa make whales aero- and hydrodynamic Ewere adds, “That’s why […]

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    NASA successfully tests rocket booster for SLS in fiery display

    PROMONTORY, Utah (WHNT ) – They packed kids into the theater at the Space and Rocket Center Wednesday morning and put a few NASA experts in front of them to answer questions and get them excited. But the main event was the test of what NASA calls the largest, most powerful rocket booster ever built. It will fly on the SLS mission to take man to deep space. The rocket system passes, heating up expectations for the broader mission. Brent […]

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    How UAH researchers plan to use 90s tech to improve tornado warnings

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Crews in a clean room pack up the parts of a lightning imaging system, which will find its way to the International Space Station. It all looks cutting edge, but UAH Research Professor Hugh Christian points out, “This was actually originally built in the 90’s. So it’s 1990 technology. As a lightning imaging system, it was the flight spare.” The counterpart of this system has lived on a satellite in space since 1997 and it’s still going […]

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    What it was like to be a police officer at the Selma anniversary

    SELMA, Ala. (WHNT) – Alongside the Secret Service and Alabama State Troopers, police also played a role providing security in Selma for their anniversary weekend. Even a half-dozen or so Huntsville Officers helped with the human swarms. Lt. Dewayne McCarver headed up the group. He says they mainly worked crowd control. Of course, Bloody Sunday marks a well-known case of brutality from law enforcement. It’s an issue already top of mind for many. McCarver tells us, “Ferguson, the Garner case, […]

  • Selma Anniversary: A video retrospective on the president, the kids, and the lessons learned

    SELMA, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 spent the weekend in Selma commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march. David Kumbroch put together this video retrospective to look at the weekend from one viewpoint. Below, we helped condense the events into a moment. We also visited with some Huntsville City Schools students who got to make the trip. They were joined by a number of other families as well. The state troopers also met the crowds there, but […]

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    Alabama Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling breaks legal conventions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The legacy of Wedding Week in Alabama begins to fade after an extraordinary intervention from the state’s high court. Attorney Shelley Bilbrey says, “Basically, the Alabama Supreme Court did something highly irregular.” Their 148-page ruling breaks all kinds of legal conventions. For starters, Bilbrey points out it’s unusual for the court to even take a case like this directly, “In this instance, they skipped the trial court and the mid-level court and went straight to the […]

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    Attorney says Alabama probate judges that issue same-sex marriage licenses could face contempt of court

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The federal government does not take kindly to states getting in the way of their rulings. Attorney Shelley Bilbrey notes, “You know at some point, we end up with the George Wallace standing at the school-house door situation.” Let’s say a probate judge wants to issue a same-sex marriage license. Let’s say they want to side with the federal court and ignore the state ruling. Why not? Bilbrey answers, “They would be fearful of a contempt […]


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