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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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  • Developing: Teen Killed in Shooting

    Developing: Teen Killed in Shooting

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 11:37:05 GMT
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.As of early Friday morning, detectives continue to investigate at the intersection where a car had crashed into a ditch past the intersection. Witnesses tells News 3 they heard several gun shots and then heard the car crash. The car appeared to be a black or dark blue sedan with significant damage.A detective with the Columbus Police Department at the Public Safety Bui...
    The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus.As of early Friday morning, detectives continue to investigate at the intersection where a car had crashed into a ditch past the intersection. Witnesses tells News 3 they heard several gun shots and then heard the car crash. The car appeared to be a black or dark blue sedan with significant damage.A detective with the Columbus Police Department at the Public Safety Bui...
  • 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.
  • ONLY ON 3: Video of deadly Columbus gas station shootout

    ONLY ON 3: Video of deadly Columbus gas station shootout

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:24:21 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Overturned gasoline tanker leaked gallons of fuel after Phenix City crash

    Overturned gasoline tanker leaked gallons of fuel after Phenix City crash

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:26 AM EDT2014-08-19 04:26:08 GMT
    A gasoline tanker carrying between 3,5000 and 7,000 gallons of fuel overturned and leaked gasoline along Summerville Road in Phenix City. As of late Monday night, portions of the road are still closed as crews work to clean-up the spill.
    A gasoline tanker carrying between 3,5000 and 7,000 gallons of fuel overturned and leaked gasoline along Summerville Road in Phenix City. As of late Monday night, portions of the road are still closed as crews work to clean-up the spill.
  • Racial slurs and gang signs spray-painted on Meriwether County home

    Racial slurs and gang signs spray-painted on Meriwether County home

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:57 PM EDT2014-08-16 03:57:10 GMT
    It's usually pretty quiet and everyone gets along in the small community of Greenville, Georgia. That's why what one family saw painted on their home came as such a big surprise.

    It's usually pretty quiet and everyone gets along in the small community of Greenville, Georgia. That's why what one family saw painted on their home came as such a big surprise.

  • Phenix City police looking for suspected delivery package thief

    Phenix City police looking for suspected delivery package thief

    Friday, August 15 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-08-16 00:00:58 GMT
    The Phenix City Police Department are looking for the woman they say was caught on camera stealing a package from the front porch of a home. Police say 27-year-old Susan Card, also known as Susan Stewart, has a Theft of Property 3rd warrant out for her arrest.
    The Phenix City Police Department are looking for the woman they say was caught on camera stealing a package from the front porch of a home. Police say 27-year-old Susan Card, also known as Susan Stewart, has a Theft of Property 3rd warrant out for her arrest.
  • Community holds candlelight vigil to end gun violence in Columbus

    Community holds candlelight vigil to end gun violence in Columbus

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-08-15 03:24:08 GMT
    Over a hundred lit candles, prayed and remembered the life of 20-year-old Robert “Marael” Brooks, who was killed in a drive by shooting last Friday at his home on Gleason avenue. The shooting occurred early in the morning in the 2900 block of Gleason Avenue. 
    Over a hundred lit candles, prayed and remembered the life of 20-year-old Robert “Marael” Brooks, who was killed in a drive by shooting last Friday at his home on Gleason avenue. The shooting occurred early in the morning in the 2900 block of Gleason Avenue. 
  • Mentally disabled teen beaten at Columbus playground, mother says

    Mentally disabled teen beaten at Columbus playground, mother says

    Thursday, August 14 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-08-14 14:16:40 GMT
    A Columbus woman says her mentally disabled teenager was beaten, stripped and robbed at a local playground.
    A Columbus woman says her mentally disabled teenager was beaten, stripped and robbed at a local playground.
  • Woman caught on camera stealing package from Phenix City home

    Woman caught on camera stealing package from Phenix City home

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-08-13 03:36:52 GMT
    A Phenix City homeowner says a woman swiped a package off his front porch and he's got the video to prove it.
    A Phenix City homeowner says a woman swiped a package off his front porch and he's got the video to prove it.
  • Columbus dad arrested for DUI with 3-year-old child in the car, police say

    Columbus dad arrested for DUI with 3-year-old child in the car, police say

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-08-13 00:44:35 GMT
    A Columbus man has been arrested for D.U.I. with his 3-year-old child in the car, according to a police report.
    A Columbus man has been arrested for D.U.I. with his 3-year-old child in the car, according to a police report.
  • Moral Monday movement calls for change in Columbus and Georgia

    Moral Monday movement calls for change in Columbus and Georgia

    Monday, August 11 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-08-12 03:45:55 GMT
    Local and state activists demanded change Monday at Columbus's first ever Moral Monday.
    Local and state activists demanded change Monday at Columbus's first ever Moral Monday.
  • Columbus police chief responds to spike in gun violence

    Columbus police chief responds to spike in gun violence

    Saturday, August 9 2014 1:17 AM EDT2014-08-09 05:17:09 GMT
    In the past 8 days, there has been at least 6 shootings in Columbus, 3 of them have been murders. News 3 spoke exclusively with Chief Boren about the recent increase in gun violence.
    In the past 8 days, there has been at least 6 shootings in Columbus, 3 of them have been murders. News 3 spoke exclusively with Chief Boren about the recent increase in gun violence.
  • Former Columbus police officer arrested, accused of hitting and choking juveniles

    Former Columbus police officer arrested, accused of hitting and choking juveniles

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:35 AM EDT2014-08-08 04:35:02 GMT
    John Allen Jr., a former Columbus police corporal and son of former Muscogee County Superior Court Judge John Allen, has turned himself into police after a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe says he hit and choked two juveniles in custody.
    John Allen Jr., a former Columbus police corporal and son of former Muscogee County Superior Court Judge John Allen, has turned himself into police after a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe says he hit and choked two juveniles in custody.
  • Man shot at Hunter Haven Apartments in Columbus, witnesses say

    Man shot at Hunter Haven Apartments in Columbus, witnesses say

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-08-08 04:10:32 GMT
    Columbus police are investigating a possible shooting at Hunter Haven Apartments.Columbus police are investigating a possible shooting at Hunter Haven Apartments.
    Columbus police are investigating a possible shooting at Hunter Haven Apartments in Columbus.
    Columbus police are investigating a possible shooting at Hunter Haven Apartments in Columbus.
  • GBI completes investigation into CSU officer-involved shooting

    GBI completes investigation into CSU officer-involved shooting

    Thursday, August 7 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-08-07 19:08:03 GMT
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed its investigation into the Columbus State officer-involved shooting and has sent the case to the District Attorney, GBI Special Agent in Charge Fred Wimberley announced Thursday.
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed its investigation into the Columbus State officer-involved shooting and has sent the case to the District Attorney, GBI Special Agent in Charge Fred Wimberley announced Thursday.
  • Muscogee County Marshal defends travel expenses

    Muscogee County Marshal defends travel expenses

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 12:36 AM EDT2014-08-05 04:36:05 GMT
    In a News 3 investigation, we take a look at Columbus city departments spending your tax dollars on travel. Our investigation led us to take a closer look at the Muscogee County Marshal's Office after finding out the department took 18 trips to conferences or training sessions within the past year.
    In a News 3 investigation, we take a look at Columbus city departments spending your tax dollars on travel. Our investigation led us to take a closer look at the Muscogee County Marshal's Office after finding out the department took 18 trips to conferences or training sessions within the past year.
  • Columbus murder suspect surrenders to police

    Columbus murder suspect surrenders to police

    Monday, August 4 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-08-04 15:23:27 GMT
    Columbus police say Chandler Saxton, 35, turned himself in Sunday afternoon after police say he shot a man at a south Columbus gas station Thursday night.
    Columbus police say Chandler Saxton, 35, turned himself in Sunday afternoon after police say he shot a man at a south Columbus gas station Thursday night.
  • Police investigate two Columbus shootings Sunday

    Police investigate two Columbus shootings Sunday

    Sunday, August 3 2014 11:58 PM EDT2014-08-04 03:58:21 GMT
    Columbus police are investigating two, unconnected shootings Sunday afternoon.
    Columbus police are investigating two, unconnected shootings Sunday afternoon.
  • Husband dead, wife injured in murder-suicide attempt at Phenix City apartment

    Husband dead, wife injured in murder-suicide attempt at Phenix City apartment

    Saturday, August 2 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-08-03 01:11:54 GMT
    One man is dead and a female is injured after a shooting at Carriage Hill Apartments in Phenix City, police say. Police say they got a call around 2:30 pm, when they arrived at the scene they found a deceased male in the upstairs apartment and a female who was injured.
    One man is dead and a female is injured after a shooting at Carriage Hill Apartments in Phenix City, police say. Police say they got a call around 2:30 pm, when they arrived at the scene they found a deceased male in the upstairs apartment and a female who was injured.
  • Ebola victim arrives in Georgia

    Ebola victim arrives in Georgia

    Saturday, August 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-08-02 19:29:36 GMT
    ATLANTA (AP) -UPDATE: The doctor infected with Ebola in Africa has arrived in Atlanta for treatment.-----------------------------------------------An Air Force spokesman says a patient infected with Ebola in Africa arrived at a military air base outside Atlanta and is being brought to a hospital in the city.Dobbins Air Reserve Base spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson said the first of two Americans who worked for missionary groups arrived on a flight that landed Saturday.Samaritan's Purse mission...
    ATLANTA (AP) -UPDATE: The doctor infected with Ebola in Africa has arrived in Atlanta for treatment.-----------------------------------------------An Air Force spokesman says a patient infected with Ebola in Africa arrived at a military air base outside Atlanta and is being brought to a hospital in the city.Dobbins Air Reserve Base spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson said the first of two Americans who worked for missionary groups arrived on a flight that landed Saturday.Samaritan's Purse mission...
  • Teen who drowned in Chattahoochee River laid to rest

    Teen who drowned in Chattahoochee River laid to rest

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:13:16 GMT
    Justin Thomas, the 14-year-old boy who drowned in the Chattahoochee River last weekend, was laid to rest Friday.
    Justin Thomas, the 14-year-old boy who drowned in the Chattahoochee River last weekend, was laid to rest Friday.
  • Columbus gas station shooter suspect identified, still at-large

    Columbus gas station shooter suspect identified, still at-large

    Aug 01, 2014 10:44 AM2014-08-01 23:53:43 GMT
    Columbus police have identified Chandler Saxton as the shooter.Columbus police have identified Chandler Saxton as the shooter.

    Columbus police identify Chandler Saxton as the man who opened fire and injured one at a gas station Thursday night.

    Columbus police identify Chandler Saxton as the man who opened fire and injured one at a gas station Thursday night.

  • Several arrested during drug raid at Phenix City home

    Several arrested during drug raid at Phenix City home

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:23:44 GMT
    News 3’s cameras were the only ones rolling as police from both Phenix City and Columbus swarmed the home on 7th Avenue Thursday afternoon.
    News 3’s cameras were the only ones rolling as police from both Phenix City and Columbus swarmed the home on 7th Avenue Thursday afternoon.
  • Fallen Columbus police officer honored one year after fatal car crash

    Fallen Columbus police officer honored one year after fatal car crash

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:52 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:52:40 GMT
    It was a night of celebration and remembrance at Rivertown Church in Columbus. Dozens shared their favorite stories of the late Corporal Keith Slay and came together to lift each other up.
    It was a night of celebration and remembrance at Rivertown Church in Columbus. Dozens shared their favorite stories of the late Corporal Keith Slay and came together to lift each other up.
  • More police bike patrols coming to Columbus State this fall

    More police bike patrols coming to Columbus State this fall

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:19:05 GMT
    Bike patrol officers are becoming more popular at college campuses across the country. Columbus State University is one of the latest to upgrade their bike unit.
    Bike patrol officers are becoming more popular at college campuses across the country. Columbus State University is one of the latest to upgrade their bike unit.
  • 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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