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
Governor O’Malley signs new gun control legislation into law this week, but the fight over firearms is not over yet. Now, gun control groups push to get the issue before voters.
Thousands of civilian Defense Department employees are bracing for furloughs forced on them by the sequestration budget cuts.
There are shocking new details in the case of a 14-year-old girl accused of convincing her 19-year-old boyfriend to murder her father.
Teenage lovers are under arrest in the fatal stabbing of a well known Howard County man. Now we are learning more about who he was.
Two Catholic school employees are suspended from their jobs, under investigation after a former student accused them of sexual abuse.
There are new details on what led up to the hours-long tense standoff between the Baltimore police force and one of their own 20-year veterans. Now that officer is accused of murdering his girlfriend, the mother of his four-year-old son.
Shock and sadness on the campus of the University of Maryland College Park after a Harford County girl was found dead in her dorm room.
Baltimore City Schools CEO Andres Alonso has announced his resignation.
A volunteer firefighter is laid to rest after he dies in the line of duty.
The state of Maryland will no longer execute criminals convicted of the most heinous crimes. Governor Martin O’Malley officially signed the death penalty repeal into law Thursday morning, along with dozens of other bills.
Help is on the way for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings who had to undergo leg amputations after the explosion. A new coalition has formed to make sure those amputees don’t have to pay out of their own pockets for their new artificial limbs.
He was the lead detective investigating the disappearance and murder of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes. Now a Baltimore City police officer faces criminal charges for his actions while searching for his own missing child.
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