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 learning more about KAhlil Tatum’s actions before and just after little Relisha Rudd disappeared. Crews are searching from dawn until dusk inside a D.C. park.
The search for an eight-year-old girl missing for nearly a month continues in Washington D.C. Police there are combing through a massive park in northeast Washington for any signs of the little girl.
Family members are making funeral arrangements for the Naval Academy football player who collapsed on the practice field last weekend. He died Tuesday night at Shock Trauma.
Despite the light snow Tuesday, school was on for most kids across Maryland—but school systems are still facing a challenge on how to make up for all the time they’ve lost already this year.
A growing heroin epidemic in Anne Arundel County has police there now arming all of their officers with a life-saving drug. Until now, it’s something only medical first responders there have carried.
Police in Harford County shoot and kill a burglary suspect that led them on a high speed chase ending at a popular Maryland rest stop.
With the first day of spring under our belts, state and local government snow removal crews are crossing their fingers they’re done with winter weather.
Anne Arundel County Police have released some new details in a bizarre murder/suicide in the Orchard Beach neighborhood.
Just five months ago, a Maryland State trooper was fighting for her life after she was struck by a car while assisting on a traffic stop. Now she’s back on the job and talking publicly about what happened for the first time.
Maryland state highway crews are clearing what is hopefully winter’s last gasp.
Baltimore City Police identify a suspect in connection with the shooting of an off-duty officer in East Baltimore.
First, a massive fire at an Odenton apartment building displaced everyone living there. Now, one week later, some of those residents have been victimized yet again.