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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Sixteen-year-old Morgan Arnold, pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the 2013 death of her father Dennis Lane.

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Authorities: More Than 1 Person Responsible For DC Mansion Murders

A court document made public Friday after the arrest on a murder warrant of Daron Dylon Wint says authorities believe “the crimes required the presence and assistance of more than one person.”

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Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed Against Ray Rice

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Lawsuits Filed After Fatal Amtrak Train Derailment

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05/19/2015

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Immediate Safety Changes Mandated Following Deadly Amtrak Crash

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Former CEO: Amtrak ‘Almost A Third World Operation’

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BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 28:  Maryland Governor Larry Hogan greets Baltimore police dressed in riot gear the morning after citywide riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray, on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Hogan Signs Bills On Body Cameras, Policing, Community Relations

Governor Larry Hogan signed a law paving the way for police in Maryland to wear body cameras.

05/12/2015

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Justice Department Launches Investigation Of Baltimore Police

The Department of Justice will investigate the practices of the Baltimore Police Department following the death of Freddie Gray.

05/08/2015

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#OneBaltimore Campaign Aims To Rebuild Charm City

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05/07/2015

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Mayor Requests DOJ Investigation, Says Police Will Have Body Cameras By EOY

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05/06/2015

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Dr. Ben Carson Officially Announces Presidential Bid

World famous former Johns Hopkins Hospital neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson makes it official. The longtime Baltimore resident is running for the Republican nomination for president in the 2016 election.

05/04/2015

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 01:  Baltimore City Chief Prosecuter Marilyn J Mosby announces that criminal charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Marilyn J Mosby

Officers Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death, State’s Attorney Said Arrest Was Illegal

City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says Freddie Gray received his critical injuries in Baltimore police custody and has charged all six officers involved in his death.

05/01/2015

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