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Derek Valcourt

Derek Valcourt 175x131Derek 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.

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Suspect Arrested After 2nd Robbery Attempt In Federal Hill This Week

A popular downtown Baltimore neighborhood is on edge after a second brutal attack in just a week. Police say this time they caught one of the attackers.

08/22/2014

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Maryland To Share $75M In Bank Of America Mortgage Fraud Settlement

Bank of America reaches a record breaking settlement with U.S. regulators for misleading investors into buying toxic mortgage-backed securities.

08/21/2014

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Family Wants Justice After Fatal Hit-And-Run In West Baltimore

Questions linger over Monday’s fatal hit and run accident in West Baltimore that killed one man and injured two other people.

08/20/2014

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Man Arrested For Helping Suspect Wanted For 3-Year-Old Girl’s Shooting Death

Police make an arrest in the shooting death of a three-year-old girl in Prince George’s County. But the man in custody is not the suspected gunman.

08/14/2014

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FBI Helps Up The Reward To $27,000 In Hanover Gas Station Murder

Authorities are upping the ante as they try to catch the killer who gunned down a gas station clerk without any warning.

08/13/2014

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Rescue Crews Helping Motorists Stuck In Flooding Across Md.

Rescue crews are helping some motorists who became stuck after heavy rains in Maryland.

08/12/2014

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Police Continue To Hunt For Man Who Killed Gas Station Clerk

The desperate search continues for the killer who gunned down a gas station clerk in Anne Arundel County last week.

08/11/2014

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Hanover Gas Station Clerk Killed In Overnight Shooting

Police in Anne Arundel County are searching for the cold blooded killer who walked into a gas station and gunned down the store clerk before he could even say anything.

08/07/2014

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Organizers, City Officials Vow To Keep Weekend’s Concert Safe

Preparations are underway as the city prepares to host a two-day electronic dance music concert this weekend. It comes just days after two people died and 19 others were hospitalized during a similar concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

08/06/2014

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300 Rabbis Call On Obama To Release Md. Man Imprisoned In Cuba

The fight to free a Maryland man imprisoned in Cuba gets some big support from hundreds of rabbis from around the nation—including some right here in Baltimore.

08/05/2014

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Police Work To Crack Down On Copper Thieves

The power is back on for more than 6,000 people in parts of Anne Arundel County after thieves stole copper wire right out of the active power substation. It is one of the latest incidents of what has become an all too common crime in the region.

08/04/2014

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Bombshell Revelations Against Former Va. Governor And Wife Keep Coming

It’s the biggest political scandal Virginia has ever seen play out in a courtroom. The bombshell revelations against former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife keep coming.

08/01/2014

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