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David joined WRBL News 3 team in May of 2013 after graduating from the University of Georgia.

During his time at UGA, he worked as a Multimedia Journalist at Grady NewSource, the student-produced news source for Northeast Georgia. Several of his stories were nominated to represent the University of Georgia at the Hearst Journalism Awards.

His other experiences while in school include a summer internship in Houston with Fox Sports, covering the Georgia Bulldogs as a reporter and producer for the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network with IMG, and serving as a show director for Grady Newsource. He was also on staff at his local church, a Dean's List recipient and received the Leroy Powell Broadcast Scholarship.

David is proud to be bringing the Chattahoochee Valley "On Your Side" coverage. He wants to hear what he can do to serve you and your community. You can reach him by email at dhurst@wrbl.com.

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  • UPDATE: Police investigate shooting at North Columbus apartment complex

    UPDATE: Police investigate shooting at North Columbus apartment complex

    Sep 13, 2014 06:33 PM2014-09-15 20:57:43 GMT
    Columbus police are investigating a shooting at the Greystone at Inverness apartments on Moon Road early Friday morning.At least one has been transported to the hospital, according to police.
    Columbus police are investigating a shooting at the Greystone at Inverness apartments on Moon Road early Friday morning.At least one has been transported to the hospital, according to police.
  • Muscogee Co. part of fraud investigation into voter registration group

    Muscogee Co. part of fraud investigation into voter registration group

    Friday, September 12 2014 1:21 AM EDT2014-09-12 05:21:53 GMT
    Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is investigating allegations of voter fraud against a voter registration group involved in several Georgia counties including Muscogee County, according to WSB-TV.
    Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is investigating allegations of voter fraud against a voter registration group involved in several Georgia counties including Muscogee County, according to WSB-TV.
  • New METRA buses, routes and extended hours coming to Columbus in 2015

    New METRA buses, routes and extended hours coming to Columbus in 2015

    Friday, September 12 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-09-12 05:15:48 GMT
    Columbus will soon expand its public transportation system as the city gets ready to roll out new bus routes, extended hours and more buses.The new METRA bus transit system has been in the works since 2012 when the city passed a 1% sales tax just for transportation.The project is part of a 10-year, $22 million dollar projected revenue effort from the T-SPLOST. City officials say you will most likely see METRA changes as soon as 2015.Joe McNeil is one of the many Columbus residents who rely on...
    Columbus will soon expand its public transportation system as the city gets ready to roll out new bus routes, extended hours and more buses.The new METRA bus transit system has been in the works since 2012 when the city passed a 1% sales tax just for transportation.The project is part of a 10-year, $22 million dollar projected revenue effort from the T-SPLOST. City officials say you will most likely see METRA changes as soon as 2015.Joe McNeil is one of the many Columbus residents who rely on...
  • Crawford man pleads guilty to killing his brother

    Crawford man pleads guilty to killing his brother

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:41:11 GMT
    Larry Smith shot his brother with a shotgun after the two got into an altercation at their sister-in-law's houseLarry Smith shot his brother with a shotgun after the two got into an altercation at their sister-in-law's house
    An Russell County man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his brother in a family dispute.
    An Russell County man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his brother in a family dispute.
  • More snake sightings reported across Chattahoochee Valley

    More snake sightings reported across Chattahoochee Valley

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-09-10 04:48:02 GMT
    Oxbow Meadows is home to dozens of different kinds of snakes, including some that are found in the Chattahoochee Valley area.Oxbow Meadows is home to dozens of different kinds of snakes, including some that are found in the Chattahoochee Valley area.
    Snake-sightings are on the rise across the Chattahoochee Valley as a result of the relatively cool summer.
    Snake-sightings are on the rise across the Chattahoochee Valley as a result of the relatively cool summer.
  • Kareem Lane found not guilty in Columbus murder trial

    Kareem Lane found not guilty in Columbus murder trial

    Saturday, September 6 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-09-06 23:40:13 GMT
    Kareem Lane has been found not guilty in the 1992 stabbing death of school superintendent Jim Burns. 
    Kareem Lane has been found not guilty in the 1992 stabbing death of school superintendent Jim Burns. 
  • Columbus apartment complex destroyed by fire

    Columbus apartment complex destroyed by fire

    Saturday, September 6 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-09-06 14:28:27 GMT
    Columbus fire crews are battling a fire at a housing complex on Cusseta Road.Columbus fire crews are battling a fire at a housing complex on Cusseta Road.
    Columbus Fire and EMS crews are cleaning up what's left of Sagefield Apartments on 32nd Avenue in Columbus after a pair of fires destroyed most of the apartment complex late Friday night.
    Columbus Fire and EMS crews are cleaning up what's left of Sagefield Apartments on 32nd Avenue in Columbus after a pair of fires destroyed most of the apartment complex late Friday night.
  • Fugitives arrested on drug charges in Lee County

    Fugitives arrested on drug charges in Lee County

    Thursday, September 4 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-09-04 23:29:17 GMT
    The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested Tony Maxie Butler Jr., 36, of Lagrange, Georgia for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jessica Ann Bush, 35, of McKenzie, Alabama was also arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.The Lee County Sheriff's Office says they received information that Butler and Bush, both being fugitives from justice, were possibly hiding out at the Red Carpet Inn in Opelika. A law enforc...
    The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested Tony Maxie Butler Jr., 36, of Lagrange, Georgia for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jessica Ann Bush, 35, of McKenzie, Alabama was also arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.The Lee County Sheriff's Office says they received information that Butler and Bush, both being fugitives from justice, were possibly hiding out at the Red Carpet Inn in Opelika. A law enforc...
  • Alabama state superintendent calls for change in public schools

    Alabama state superintendent calls for change in public schools

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:45:25 GMT
    Alabama's Education Superintendent is asking for support on his plan to change Alabama schools. Dr. Tommy Bice was in Opelika Tuesday night, laying out his plan to increase test scores and graduation rates.In his "Future for Public Education Tour," Bice says for the past two years the state has been catching up after falling behind. Now, he says, the state is ready to move forward in some nontraditional ways.Bice told a group of about one hundred parents and educators that the bar needed to b...
    Alabama's Education Superintendent is asking for support on his plan to change Alabama schools. Dr. Tommy Bice was in Opelika Tuesday night, laying out his plan to increase test scores and graduation rates.In his "Future for Public Education Tour," Bice says for the past two years the state has been catching up after falling behind. Now, he says, the state is ready to move forward in some nontraditional ways.Bice told a group of about one hundred parents and educators that the bar needed to b...
  • New Details: Columbus man dies after being run over by own car

    New Details: Columbus man dies after being run over by own car

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:46:27 GMT
    Flowers were left at the scene where 29-year-old Anthony Williams died early Sunday morning after police say he was run over by his car.The crash happened at Chase Homes on 1st Avenue. Many residents say they could hear the crash from inside their home.“You heard the loud boom and there was a crash, when I came over here he was just laying on the ground,” said Selena Ross.Police say initially they responded to a call late Saturday night about a pedestrian being run over by a car. After talkin...
    Flowers were left at the scene where 29-year-old Anthony Williams died early Sunday morning after police say he was run over by his car.The crash happened at Chase Homes on 1st Avenue. Many residents say they could hear the crash from inside their home.“You heard the loud boom and there was a crash, when I came over here he was just laying on the ground,” said Selena Ross.Police say initially they responded to a call late Saturday night about a pedestrian being run over by a car. After talkin...
  • Columbus man hit by own car after crashing on 1st Avenue

    Columbus man hit by own car after crashing on 1st Avenue

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:30:43 GMT
    Anthony Williams, 29, was run over and killed by a car near Chase Homes on 1st Avenue late Saturday night, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.
    Anthony Williams, 29, was run over and killed by a car near Chase Homes on 1st Avenue late Saturday night, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.
  • Woman robbed of $700 at knifepoint in Columbus bank parking lot, report says

    Woman robbed of $700 at knifepoint in Columbus bank parking lot, report says

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:11:34 GMT
    Two men held a 50-year-old woman at knife point and took hundreds of dollars from her in a bank parking lot Friday, according to a police report.The woman told police the attack happened after she withdrew $700 from the Wells Fargo ATM on 13th Street. She says it happened around 5:30 in the afternoon.“That is very surprising, especially in broad daylight. It's just getting outrageous these days,” said Roy Robertson, who was withdrawing money from the ATM on Saturday.The woman told News 3 she ...
    Two men held a 50-year-old woman at knife point and took hundreds of dollars from her in a bank parking lot Friday, according to a police report.The woman told police the attack happened after she withdrew $700 from the Wells Fargo ATM on 13th Street. She says it happened around 5:30 in the afternoon.“That is very surprising, especially in broad daylight. It's just getting outrageous these days,” said Roy Robertson, who was withdrawing money from the ATM on Saturday.The woman told News 3 she ...
  • Bloody details revealed in Columbus murder suspect’s court hearing

    Bloody details revealed in Columbus murder suspect’s court hearing

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-08-30 04:01:33 GMT
    Police say the man accused of killing a Columbus woman and her baby was covered with blood when police pulled him over hours after the bodies were found.Brandon Conner had his first court hearing on Friday. Detectives testified on how they connected Conner, 35, to the murders.The remains of Rosella Mitchell and her son Dylan Conner were found in a home on Winifred Lane after a fire last Thursday. Officials say Mitchell was stabbed with a knife multiple times before the fire.Police say several...
    Police say the man accused of killing a Columbus woman and her baby was covered with blood when police pulled him over hours after the bodies were found.Brandon Conner had his first court hearing on Friday. Detectives testified on how they connected Conner, 35, to the murders.The remains of Rosella Mitchell and her son Dylan Conner were found in a home on Winifred Lane after a fire last Thursday. Officials say Mitchell was stabbed with a knife multiple times before the fire.Police say several...
  • Body cameras increase accountability, West Point police say

    Body cameras increase accountability, West Point police say

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:46:24 GMT
    Many have called for law enforcement to wear body cameras to increase accountability, especially after the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.The West Point Police department answered that call last December. They've been using the cameras for about eight months and they say they've liked the results so far. They're even encouraging other departments across the country to invest in the cameras.“It's there, if the body camera is on and it's running, it's going to capture what's going on, it's going t...
    Many have called for law enforcement to wear body cameras to increase accountability, especially after the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.The West Point Police department answered that call last December. They've been using the cameras for about eight months and they say they've liked the results so far. They're even encouraging other departments across the country to invest in the cameras.“It's there, if the body camera is on and it's running, it's going to capture what's going on, it's going t...
  • Murder suspect turns himself in after Columbus mom, baby found dead in house fire

    Murder suspect turns himself in after Columbus mom, baby found dead in house fire

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:37:59 GMT
    The man suspected of killing a Columbus mother and baby found after a house fire last week has turned himself in to police, his attorney tells News 3.Defense Attorney Mark Shelnutt tells News 3 that Brandon Conner, 35, turned himself in late Tuesday night after police named him a suspect in the death of Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old son Dylan Conner.Remains believed to be that of Mitchell and her 6-month-old son were found after a house fire at 1324 Winifred Lane last Thursday. Mitchel...
    The man suspected of killing a Columbus mother and baby found after a house fire last week has turned himself in to police, his attorney tells News 3.Defense Attorney Mark Shelnutt tells News 3 that Brandon Conner, 35, turned himself in late Tuesday night after police named him a suspect in the death of Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old son Dylan Conner.Remains believed to be that of Mitchell and her 6-month-old son were found after a house fire at 1324 Winifred Lane last Thursday. Mitchel...
  • 2014 Auburn City Council Election Unofficial Results

    2014 Auburn City Council Election Unofficial Results

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:24:48 GMT
    Unofficial results of the 2014 Regular Municipal Election have been reported by the city after Tuesday's election.Results show that Celmon Byrd upset incumbent Arthur Dowdell in Ward 1, Beth Witten beat Wendell McLain to replace Tom Worden in Ward 3, Lynda Tremaine defeated incumbent Robin Kelley in Ward 5 and incumbent Dick Phelan beat Bradford Donnelly in Ward 6.Below are the unofficial results:Ward 1Machine #1Machine #2AbsenteeTotalPercentByrd2460425063%Dowdell1470014737%Ward 3Machine #1Ma...
    Unofficial results of the 2014 Regular Municipal Election have been reported by the city after Tuesday's election.Results show that Celmon Byrd upset incumbent Arthur Dowdell in Ward 1, Beth Witten beat Wendell McLain to replace Tom Worden in Ward 3, Lynda Tremaine defeated incumbent Robin Kelley in Ward 5 and incumbent Dick Phelan beat Bradford Donnelly in Ward 6.Below are the unofficial results:Ward 1Machine #1Machine #2AbsenteeTotalPercentByrd2460425063%Dowdell1470014737%Ward 3Machine #1Ma...
  • Columbus cyclist injured in hit and run asking for public's help to find suspect

    Columbus cyclist injured in hit and run asking for public's help to find suspect

    Monday, August 25 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-08-26 03:23:28 GMT
    A hit and run victim is asking for help finding the motorcyclist that hit him while he was riding his bike a few weeks ago, and left him injured on the side of the road.Steven Blankenship says he was riding his bike on South Lumpkin Road when he made a left turn signal with his arm to turn onto the Columbus Water Works access road. He says when he stuck his arm out, a motorcycle hit his arm and sent him flying into the intersection.“There were two cars behind me that slowed down for me to tur...
    A hit and run victim is asking for help finding the motorcyclist that hit him while he was riding his bike a few weeks ago, and left him injured on the side of the road.Steven Blankenship says he was riding his bike on South Lumpkin Road when he made a left turn signal with his arm to turn onto the Columbus Water Works access road. He says when he stuck his arm out, a motorcycle hit his arm and sent him flying into the intersection.“There were two cars behind me that slowed down for me to tur...
  • Meriwether County man murdered during apparent robbery

    Meriwether County man murdered during apparent robbery

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:41:56 GMT
    Two individuals believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder were caught on surveillance camera in Newnan.Two individuals believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder were caught on surveillance camera in Newnan.
    Local and state investigators release surveillance images of suspects believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder investigation.
    Local and state investigators release surveillance images of suspects believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder investigation.
  • 2 arrested after teen killed in South Columbus shooting

    2 arrested after teen killed in South Columbus shooting

    Aug 22, 2014 12:16 PM2014-08-22 23:29:41 GMT
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.
  • Video of deadly Columbus gas station shootout

    Video of deadly Columbus gas station shootout

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:14:23 GMT
    News 3 has obtained surveillance video showing the deadly shootout at a south Columbus gas station a few weeks ago.Police say on July 31st, Chandler Saxton, 35, fired several shots at John Jones, 31, at the Big Cat Gas Station on Buena Vista Road. The video captures the entire incident, from the initial shooting - to the victim returning fire.In court testimony, police say the shooting stemmed from an argument over a woman. Authoritie...
    News 3 has obtained surveillance video showing the deadly shootout at a south Columbus gas station a few weeks ago.Police say on July 31st, Chandler Saxton, 35, fired several shots at John Jones, 31, at the Big Cat Gas Station on Buena Vista Road. The video captures the entire incident, from the initial shooting - to the victim returning fire.In court testimony, police say the shooting stemmed from an argument over a woman. Authoritie...
  • Former Russell Co. HS band director accused of having sex with students

    Former Russell Co. HS band director accused of having sex with students

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:15:20 GMT
    Authorities tell News 3’s sister station WKRG that Jeffery Gainous, the former band director at Russell County High School from 2005-2008, was arrested Wednesday for having inappropriate sexual contact with at least 8 high school girls over the last three years during his time at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama.
    Authorities tell News 3’s sister station WKRG that Jeffery Gainous, the former band director at Russell County High School from 2005-2008, was arrested Wednesday for having inappropriate sexual contact with at least 8 high school girls over the last three years during his time at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama.
  • Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

    Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:28:17 GMT
    Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday.
    Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday.
  • Opelika police will not release report, video of officer-involved shooting

    Opelika police will not release report, video of officer-involved shooting

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:35:01 GMT
    The Opelika Police Department announced Tuesday they will not release the investigative report or dash cam video from the officer-involved shooting in March.20-year-old Michael Davidson was shot by an Opelika Police Officer Philip Hancock after a traffic stop on Interstate-85. Authorities say Officer Hancock was responding to a call on the interstate about an erratic driver. Hancock shot Davidson in the stomach when Hancock “perceived a threat” after asking Davidson to put his hands over his ...
    The Opelika Police Department announced Tuesday they will not release the investigative report or dash cam video from the officer-involved shooting in March.20-year-old Michael Davidson was shot by an Opelika Police Officer Philip Hancock after a traffic stop on Interstate-85. Authorities say Officer Hancock was responding to a call on the interstate about an erratic driver. Hancock shot Davidson in the stomach when Hancock “perceived a threat” after asking Davidson to put his hands over his ...
  • Chambers County plant re-opens; creates 120 jobs

    Chambers County plant re-opens; creates 120 jobs

    Friday, February 21 2014 11:12 PM EST2014-02-22 04:12:09 GMT
    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley helped Knauf Insulation re-open their 800,000 square foot facility in Lanett on Friday.
    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley helped Knauf Insulation re-open their 800,000 square foot facility in Lanett on Friday.
  • News 3 Investigates: Increase in fire code violations in Muscogee County schools

    News 3 Investigates: Increase in fire code violations in Muscogee County schools

    11/10/20132014-01-31 18:18:03 GMT
    News 3 sorted through hundreds of Muscogee County school fire inspection reports and found a few serious issues.
    News 3 sorted through hundreds of Muscogee County school fire inspection reports and found a few serious issues.
  • Update: Body found in Meriwether County is missing Harris County woman

    Update: Body found in Meriwether County is missing Harris County woman

    Friday, January 17 2014 3:15 PM EST2014-01-17 20:15:48 GMT
    Authorities dug up a body in Meriwether County on Wednesday afternoon.
    Authorities dug up a body in Meriwether County on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Ala. Legislature To Begin Election-Year Session

    Ala. Legislature To Begin Election-Year Session

    Sunday, January 12 2014 4:46 PM EST2014-01-12 21:46:35 GMT
    The Alabama Legislature kicks off an election-year session Tuesday and will deal with possible changes to the state tax code and Medicaid and a proposal to create a state lottery.
    The Alabama Legislature kicks off an election-year session Tuesday and will deal with possible changes to the state tax code and Medicaid and a proposal to create a state lottery.
  • Expert weighs in on future of Columbus job market

    Expert weighs in on future of Columbus job market

    Thursday, December 5 2013 5:41 PM EST2013-12-05 22:41:09 GMT
    New jobs are slowly being created as the nation comes back from recession. A new CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International reports shows the top 20 fastest growing jobs.
    New jobs are slowly being created as the nation comes back from recession. A new CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International reports shows the top 20 fastest growing jobs.
  • MCSD board supports hiring of an assistant superintendent

    MCSD board supports hiring of an assistant superintendent

    Monday, October 21 2013 8:40 PM EDT2013-10-22 00:40:02 GMT
    Superintendent David Lewis is recommending someone he worked with in Polk County, Florida.
    Superintendent David Lewis is recommending someone he worked with in Polk County, Florida.
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