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 fight against Ebola took center stage at an annual infectious disease conference held Friday morning in Baltimore. Derek Valcourt has more on the key role some Maryland doctors are playing in search for an Ebola vaccine.
Milford Mill Academy was placed on lockdown for two hours as police investigated reports of a threat at the school before determining it was a hoax. Derek Valcourt has the details.
Searching for answers. Investigators continue looking for clues as to why a private jet came crashing down into a quiet residential neighborhood, killing three people in the jet and three people on the ground. Meanwhile, neighbors are stunned and saddened.
Open for business! For the first time, evening rush hour commuters are getting a chance to drive the new express toll lanes on I-95.
School threat. A bomb scare forces an Essex high school to close for the day while police investigate what they believe to be a suspicious package.
A former Howard County teacher has been arrested and charged after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old boy.
It’s about pride. It’s about tradition. Derek Valcourt reports on Baltimore hosting the Army-Navy rivalry game for the first time in seven years.
As promised, Baltimore’s mayor vetoed a bill that would have required all city police officers to wear so-called body cameras.
The Thanksgiving travel rush is on! A new study finds Tuesday night’s rush hour is the most congested time on highways in the region for the entire Thanksgiving week.
The rush to get somewhere for Thanksgiving is already on and a new study finds one of the busiest days on the road isn’t actually the day before Thanksgiving as many suspect.
One of the most popular podcasts in world is raising new questions about a Baltimore County murder case from 15 years ago.
In less than two hours, President Obama will take to the air to unveil his immigration reform plan. Any decision he makes is sure to come with controversy.