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Derek Valcourt

Derek Valcourt 175x131Derek 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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Powdered Alcohol Could Be New Trend In Drinking

A federal alcohol regulatory agency says for now, it is cutting off approval of a new powdered alcohol product designed to turn any liquid into a mixed drink.

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Maryland Works To Increase Cybersecurity

Cyber attacks on a number of retailers and universities have jeopardized some personal information of hundreds of thousands of Marylanders. Now we are learning some state agencies are not immune from those cybersecurity risks, either.

04/21/2014

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Cruise Line Officials Address Recent Health And Safety Issues

From fires to power outages to rapidly spreading illnesses, it’s been tough sailing for the cruise industry these last few years.

04/17/2014

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Cummings Denies Conspiring With IRS To Target Conservative Groups

A cable news channel sets a critical eye on a popular Maryland Democrat. Congressman Elijah Cummings is taking heat from Fox News over allegations he helped the IRS to target conservative groups.

04/16/2014

Kayla Wiseman

Middle River Woman Charged With DUI In Hit-And-Run That Killed Goucher Student

A 23-year-old woman from Middle River has been charged with driving under the influence in a hit-and-run accident that killed a Goucher College student.

04/15/2014

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Winter Snow Showers Took A Toll On Spring Plants & Flowers

The spring weather is now giving many a chance to get outside and get a close-up look at some of the damage winter has done in their yards.

04/14/2014

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Employees Wrap Up 3-Day Strike Outside Johns Hopkins Hospital

Thousands of employees at Johns Hopkins Hospital are wrapping up their three-day strike. They say they’re making poverty level wages while the hospital thrives and continues to expand.

04/11/2014

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Self-Described Hacker Says He Warned Univ. Of Md. Before Data Breach

A Baltimore man says he discovered major security holes in University of Maryland computer systems months before the university announced a massive data breach affected hundreds of thousands connected to the College Park campus.

04/10/2014

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Carroll County Will Comply With Judge’s Prayer Order

The battle over public prayer takes center stage in Carroll County, where a federal lawsuit is slamming the brakes on certain types of prayers at county commission meetings.

04/08/2014

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$37 Million Settlement Reached In Unnecessary Heart Stent Case

Thirty-seven million dollars. That’s how much the former owners of St. Joseph Medical Center have agreed to pay out in settlement to hundreds of patients who say they were given an unnecessary medical procedure there.

04/07/2014

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Teacher Accused Of Having Sexual Relationship With Archbishop Curley Student

Shocking charges against a local Catholic school teacher. She is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

04/04/2014

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Health Professionals Fear Tragedies Such As Fort Hood Stigmatize Mental Illness

Authorities in Fort Hood, Texas are trying to piece together what led an Iraq War veteran to kill three people and wound 16 others before taking his own life at an Army base in Texas.

04/03/2014

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