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.
More Stories by Derek Valcourt
Winter storm trifecta. Snow, ice and sleet strike the area, sending cars down ditches sand closing roads.
The trip to Washington D.C. just got a little bit easier. Saturday, the Maryland Transit Administration launched the start of weekend MARC train service between Washington and Baltimore.
Security scare at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Authorities arrest a man caught trying to bring a weapon on board a plane to Nashville.
Across the country in 100 cities Thursday, thousands of fast food workers walked off the job demanding better wages. In Baltimore, a group of protestors joined the call for action.
Bad news for retailers could mean good news for holiday shoppers. A slower than expected holiday shopping weekend might lead to bigger bargains right up through Christmas.
A New Hampshire hospital worker learns his punishment for infecting dozens of people with Hepatitis C, including seven people right here in Maryland.
New information in the disappearance of a National Guardsman. His body was recovered from the waters of the Inner Harbor this week. His family tells WJZ his death was an accident.
State leaders release new numbers on the performance of the Maryland’s Online Health insurance Exchange since the glitch-riddled roll out of the Affordable Care Act.
A federal jury sided with the Baltimore County police officer whose use of a Taser may have led to the death of a 40-year-old man.
Investigators are now hunting for the two men responsible for a brazen robbery Friday inside the Towson Town Center. The incident is the latest in a series of crimes in Towson that has police taking action.
Autopsies confirm what Frederick County Police had suspected. The shooting deaths of a mother and father and their young infant son in their New Market home was a double murder-suicide.
A 5-year-old girl who hid from arguing adults survived a shooting rampage that claimed the lives of her parents and infant brother, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. Police were treating the case as a murder-suicide.