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
Baltimore’s mayor is vowing to take a thorough look at the city police department’s riot gear after complaints that some gear failed and officers didn’t have enough protection during the Freddie Gray riots.
With one heat-related death in the city already this summer, city officials are issuing an important warning to parents.
Baltimore city schools kick off a brand new summer program that pairs teachers with local professional artists specializing in everything from hip hop to theatre to filmmaking.
The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
A deadly police involved shooting is under investigation in Baltimore County. There are a lot of questions after officers killed an unarmed domestic violence suspect in Owings Mills.
The president announces important changes in U.S. hostage policies. It comes after several American hostages have been killed in the Middle East, including a Maryland man whose family had been praying for his safe return.
As South Carolina grapples with its Confederate flag debate, lawmakers in other states—including Maryland—are calling for changes to eliminate Confederate flags and symbols here.
A Maryland family files a massive medical malpractice lawsuit against a nursing home, alleging neglect led to the death of an 85-year-old grandmother.
A shocking and sickening murder. Now police say the death of a 16-year-old girl was part of a gang initiation.
New efforts to get Montgomery County schools to show the same respect to Muslim holidays as they do for Christian and Jewish holy days.
Not one, but two shark attacks within minutes of each other at a North Carolina beach. The two teenage victims both lost limbs. Now Maryland beachgoers are wondering if it could happen here.
Free-range parenting controversy. After an outcry over one Maryland family’s decision to let their children walk free in their community, state Child Protective Services is changing its policy.