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
A 67-year-old man died after a struggle with Maryland Transit Administration police. It happened Tuesday morning in North Baltimore.
Temperatures in Baltimore have plummeted, breaking a more than 100-year-old record. Tuesday morning, a low of four degrees was recorded at BWI.
We got through the snowstorm and now we must weather the bitter cold. Before the sun rises, we could break a record.
Marylanders are in the middle of another serious winter hit from Mother Nature.
Winter just won’t quit. Another storm is moving toward Maryland.
It may be on the other side of the country, but the devastating drought happening in California right now could soon have a major impact on grocery budgets in Maryland.
The cold has been just as tough to take as the repeated snowfalls. Even though it wasn’t a ton of snow this morning, commuters certainly felt the impact.
We’re learning more about the massive budget cuts to defense spending proposed by the Obama administration–cuts that could have an impact here in Maryland.
Investigators are searching for the driver of an SUV who struck and hospitalized two women riding their bikes in Davidsonville this weekend.
There were raw emotions at a court hearing Friday in Anne Arundel County for the woman accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist because she was texting while driving.
Massive data breach at the University of Maryland. Personal information of more than 300,000 faculty, staff and students is exposed.
Days after carbon monoxide sickened guests and workers at a hotel near BWI, attorneys filed a class action lawsuit in the case.