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
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.
An overnight storm brought sustained winds up to 30 mph and gusts up to 60 mph–rattling buildings, toppling trees and shutting off power.
A Baltimore City lawsuit settlement sparks major police policy and training reforms that affect everyone with a cell phone camera.
A 67-year-old man died after a struggle with Maryland Transit Administration police. It happened Tuesday morning in North Baltimore.
Temperatures in Baltimore have plummeted, breaking a more than 100-year-old record. Tuesday morning, a low of four degrees was recorded at BWI.
We got through the snowstorm and now we must weather the bitter cold. Before the sun rises, we could break a record.
Marylanders are in the middle of another serious winter hit from Mother Nature.
Winter just won’t quit. Another storm is moving toward Maryland.
It may be on the other side of the country, but the devastating drought happening in California right now could soon have a major impact on grocery budgets in Maryland.
The cold has been just as tough to take as the repeated snowfalls. Even though it wasn’t a ton of snow this morning, commuters certainly felt the impact.