Derek Valcourt began working at WJZ in September 2002. His first major assignment in Baltimore was covering the October 2002 sniper attacks and then the subsequent trial of teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo.
Derek began his career producing consumer stories at WHDH in Boston. He then made the jump to the other side of the camera and spent two years working in Great Falls, Montana as a reporter. Derek’s investigative reporting on staffing shortages at one hospital in Montana spurred a full state investigation into the problems. His hidden camera report exposing the repeated sale of alcohol to minors by area stores resulted in a county-wide law enforcement crackdown on underage alcohol sales.
From there, Derek moved to Huntsville, Ala. where he spent three years covering crime and investigative stories for NBC affiliate WAFF-TV. He helped launch Alabama’s most successful Crime Stoppers program. His reporting directly resulted in the police capture of more than 150 wanted criminals and the solving of more than 200 crimes.
Derek has been honored by the Associated Press and by the Society of Professional Journalists with awards for feature reporting, investigative reporting, live reporting and enterprise reporting. Derek’s news reporting for WJZ also earned him an Emmy award for 2003.
Derek was born and raised in Massachusetts and graduated from Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Mass. with a B.S. in Communications/Media.
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Despite allegations that he drugged and raped dozens of women, embattled entertainer Bill Cosby brought his live show to Baltimore Friday night.
For the first time, we’re hearing details about Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s time as a Taliban prisoner–just one day after the Pentagon announces they plan to pursue charges against him for deserting his post.
Baltimore city police continue to search for the man who savagely attacked a woman and her two dogs. One of the dogs was so badly hurt, it had to be euthanized.
The man at the center of the murder and kidnapping case that triggered a massive East Coast Amber alert has struck a deal with prosecutors.
Bitter divorce battles can last some couples upwards of a year, but for one Maryland woman–the plight to formally end her marriage took more than a decade.
Sold for sex. An undercover police sting in Baltimore County uncovers a human trafficking operation. Most troubling of all–three teenage girls forced into prostitution.
Public apologies. Four of the five female UMBC lacrosse players are saying sorry. They suspended from the team for social media comments threatening to harm–even kill–their own teammates.
Another scandal for another local university. Five female lacrosse players at the University of Maryland Baltimore County are suspended, accused of making violent threats in text messages.
A health care worker infected with the Ebola virus is in Maryland for treatment. The person is being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.
The bodies of two missing Cecil County teenagers have never been found, but police say they know the boys were murdered and they know who did it.
Police now say two Cecil County teenagers missing for more than six months are dead–even though their bodies have not been found. A man is now charged with their murders.
How clean is your favorite restaurant? Soon, you will be able to know. Every restaurant and carry out will have to post its health rating.