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
A moderate-sized water main break is causing some big time hassles in downtown Baltimore Wednesday night.
Sentencing Friday for the man who pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run accident that killed a College Park student as he tried to cross busy Rt. 1.
Newly released 911 calls give us a glimpse of the first minutes after an Annapolis mansion went up in flames killing a couple and four grandchildren.
There was a major change Wednesday at the site of the old Bethlehem Steel mill. That’s where demolition crews detonated the dynamite that brought an iconic Sparrows Point building to the ground.
The monster blizzard affecting the northeast is causing problems for some travelers here in Baltimore.
This weekend marks the anniversary of one of worst tragedies ever in Howard County. It was January 25th of last year when a gunman opened fire inside the Mall of Columbia killing two people and then taking his own life.
A scare at a toy store in Towson puts a shopping center on lockdown. Now WJZ is learning more about the suspect behind all the chaos.
Carroll County roads are looking pretty good and that’s a testament to the timing of the snow. It came a little later than expected and that gave road crews more time to prepare.
Tough times for the state budget means college students in Maryland’s university system are about to pay more.
Ray Rice’s legal battle with the Ravens has reportedly come to a close.
The man at the center of a wildly popular podcast based on his 2001 Baltimore murder conviction now waits for an appeals court to decide if he should get a new shot at clearing his name.
The outcome of a case under consideration by Maryland’s highest court could have a major impact on all lawsuits brought against local governments, especially lawsuits brought by families of those wrongly killed by police.