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
We’re creeping closer to the weekend when it’s likely scores of illegal dirt bike riders will once again flood the streets of northwest Baltimore on Sunday.
An investigation continues into whether a Baltimore City police officer was justified in pulling out his gun and pointing it in the direction of a crowd on Sunday.
A Baltimore police officer is under investigation after a photo shows him pointing his gun at a crowd during a dirt bike rally.
A frightening scene in Northwest Baltimore. City police in riot gear face off with a large crowd of people gathering to watch illegal dirt bikes.
A dangerous drive through Baltimore City and two counties, as police track a driver who just won’t stop. It all ends with a spectacular crash and suspects in custody.
Amid a major crime spike, leaders are out meeting with residents night after night. But can they repair relationships, and stop the violence?
Getting away with murder in Baltimore. It’s happening all too often. A shockingly low number of those crimes are being solved.
A violent night on the streets of Baltimore, where police report a total of 7 people shot overnight, 1 fatally.
The Freddie Gray case is bringing a new effort to reexamine police custody deaths in Baltimore.
For the second day in a row, we were under a heat advisory and it felt like triple digits outside.
Baltimore County police say a Perry Hall father and his two sons are dead in what police are describing as a murder-suicide at their home.
A sad turn for hundreds of chickens and roosters confiscated by Anne Arundel County police as part of an investigation into illegal cockfighting.