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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Several new developments in the ongoing Ebola scare. As New York City scrambles to deal with its first case, the nurse being treated in Maryland is declared Ebola-free.

10/24/2014

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Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Jail Captured

Back in custody. Six days after corrections employees released a murder suspect by mistake, they’ve got their man back behind bars.

10/23/2014

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Employee On Paid Leave After Murder Suspect’s Mistaken Release

A Maryland Department of Corrections employee is now suspended with pay after a murder suspect was mistakenly released from prison this weekend.

10/22/2014

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Rabbi Took Students To Synagogue Where He Allegedly Recorded Women

The popular DC rabbi accused of voyeurism apparently took some of his female Towson University students to the synagogue in Georgetown where he’s accused of secretly video-recording women.

10/21/2014

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President Obama Campaigns For Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown In Md.

Less than three weeks to go until Marylanders hit the voting booths to cast their ballots. One of the men who wants to be governor is getting a big show of support from the president.

10/19/2014

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Maryland Is Taking Precautions To Prevent Spread Of Ebola

Gov. Martin O’Malley joined with some of the state’s top health officials to talk about how Maryland is responding and preparing for any possible cases of the Ebola virus.

10/17/2014

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New Ebola Screening Procedures At Dulles Airport Take Effect

New Ebola screening procedures go into effect at Washington’s Dulles Airport and three other major airports.

10/16/2014

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Maryland Doctors Help Test Ebola Vaccine

As the scramble continues to contain the Ebola virus in Texas, some Maryland doctors are playing a major role in testing a vaccine for the disease.

10/15/2014

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Johns Hopkins Hosts Ebola Symposium

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and in Dallas was the focus of a special symposium at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Tuesday morning.

10/14/2014

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Md. Hospitals Bracing For Local Ebola Cases, Retraining Staff

While officials in Texas scramble to get a handle on the latest case of Ebola, there, hospitals in Maryland are bracing and preparing in case someone with Ebola walks into a local emergency room.

10/13/2014

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Local Attorney Wants Justice In McKenzie Elliott Case

A local defense attorney pleads with his colleagues for help drumming up new leads in the unsolved case of a three-year-old girl who was murdered.

10/10/2014

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Former Baltimore Colt Asking NFL To Stand Up Against Domestic Violence

The NFL taps a Maryland resident and former Baltimore Colt to help deliver a powerful message about domestic violence to the entire league in the wake of the Ray Rice controversy.

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