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
The Baltimore bullet has been arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore City early Tuesday morning.
The family of two missing Montgomery County toddlers pleads with Maryland state officials to issue an Amber alert in the case.
Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Baltimore County after a man fires a BB-type gun at several people while yelling an anti-Semitic slur.
It’s already been widespread in parts of the Midwest and now Maryland has its first confirmed case of enterovirus d68.
Maryland law requires drivers to move over one lane if a police or fire vehicle is pulled over on the side of the road. But now a new expansion of that law will apply to another common roadside vehicle.
Police in Montgomery County are now turning to surveillance video in hopes of finding two missing children.
The man who jumped a fence and made it into the White House this weekend appeared in federal court Monday afternoon, where prosecutors called him an ongoing threat to the president.
Deadly rip currents. Two lives are lost in Ocean City due to rough surf.
Last week, you saw the Ravens crush the Steelers right here on WJZ but Wednesday, two of the former players and rivals have come together for a different reason.
Family members of two missing toddlers won’t give up their search to find the kids even as police say they are investigating the case as a homicide.
The search for a missing paranoid schizophrenic mother and her two young children turns frantic in Montgomery County, where police continue pleading for the public’s help in cracking the case.
A frantic search continues for a missing Montgomery County mother and her two young children. Police have now filed charges against that mother.