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
Autopsies confirm what Frederick County Police had suspected. The shooting deaths of a mother and father and their young infant son in their New Market home was a double murder-suicide.
A 5-year-old girl who hid from arguing adults survived a shooting rampage that claimed the lives of her parents and infant brother, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. Police were treating the case as a murder-suicide.
There have been 29 homicides in 30 days. Crime is spiking in Baltimore City and the number of police officers in the department continues to fall.
Growing confusion. One day after the president accepts blame for the botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, states such as Maryland are now facing a tough decision.
Police ruled her death a suicide more than a year ago. Now an independent panel of investigators is taking a second look at what really happened to University of Maryland student Katherine Morris.
A Howard County jury convicted a former Maryland School for the Deaf employee on two charges of sexually abusing young students under his supervision.
A jury continues its deliberations in the case of a former Maryland School for the Deaf employee accused of sexually abusing young girls in his care.
There’s a sense of fear and heightened awareness in College Park after a group of men violently attacked and robbed two University of Maryland students.
The hunt is on for more members of a notoriously violent gang police say terrorized a East Baltimore neighborhood for years.
A Howard County jury heard from the former Maryland School for the Deaf employee accused of sexually abusing adolescent girls.
New information in the lawsuit filed against banking giant BB&T by more than a dozen current and former NFL stars, including Ray Lewis.
As federal authorities continue to investigate Friday’s deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, new questions arise about whether TSA officers should be allowed to carry weapons.