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 security director of the Baltimore Ravens was charged Tuesday night with a sex offense and is due in court in February, according to court records.
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has announced several appointments to his administration.
The Baltimore Ravens have clenched a spot in the playoffs! Derek Valcourt explains how this purple playoffs passions has a lot of local businesses seeing green.
The Christmas Day may be over, but the holiday shopping season is still in full force. In fact, for many stores, this is the second busiest shopping day of the year.
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has named his health secretary, along with several other cabinet positions.
Authorities say they’ve broken up a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs forced into brutal combat.
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.