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
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Family and friends continue to pray for a Reisterstown volunteer firefighter critically injured while battling a fire Wednesday morning.
Federal investigators appear to be no closer to tracking down the person who sent ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and others. With the suspect still out there, Washington is once again on edge.
The Howard County man accused of choking his wife to death 22 years ago and then burying her body in the backyard of their Elkridge home was found guilty of second-degree murder.
A high-tech piece of equipment helped police find the younger Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
Thousands of families across Maryland gather to remember loved ones lost to crime. It’s part of the kickoff to National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Gun advocates say they’ll take their fight against Maryland’s tough new gun laws to a court of law instead of the court of public opinion.
Police on the Eastern Shore are hoping a critical piece of evidence will help them catch a killer.
Tears and anger from the owners of pit bulls in Maryland after lawmakers fail to reach a compromise on a dog bite bill.
A Baltimore County store manager pleads guilty to selling so-called synthetic marijuana from his Towson convenience store.
One man is dead and an 11-year-old boy was wounded after the latest incident of violence in a crime-ridden neighborhood of West Baltimore.
There’s new information on the woman found dead inside her Anne Arundel County home.