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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.

More Stories by Derek Valcourt

Sean McCullough, Decerio Coley, children in Bruce Street fatal fire

8-Year-Old Hero Who Tried To Save Brother From Fire Also Dies From Injuries

A heartbreaking update on a story of an 8-year-old boy being hailed as a hero for saving his little sister from a house fire and trying to save his younger brother. WJZ has learned the courageous young man was taken off life support and died Tuesday evening.

06/17/2014

fatal house fire

Fire Kills Boy, Injures Sister & 8-Year-Old Brother Who Tried To Save Him

In the middle of the night, a West Baltimore family awakens to find their house on fire. The adults were cut off from the children. In the end, one child died and his 8-year-old brother is credited with saving a life.

06/16/2014

Poly, Baltimore Polytechnic

Budget Cuts Threaten Advanced Academic Programs At Baltimore City Schools

Popular programs for city school students may get spared the budget ax after angry criticism from parents and lawmakers.

05/27/2014

traffic, travel

Travelers Heading Home As Memorial Day Weekend Comes To A Close

As Memorial Day winds to a close, many people are making the drive home from their long weekend.

05/26/2014

delaware storm damage 2

Tornado Rips Through Homes, Injures 2 Just Across Md. Line In Marydel, Del.

Those strong storms that ripped through our area Thursday moved east, producing a powerful tornado that touched down just across the Maryland line into Delaware. It happened near Maryldel, which sits just across the Maryland state line in Delaware..

05/23/2014

Annapolis flooding

Parts Of Maryland May Be In Danger From Rising Sea Level

Maryland has been labeled one of the most vulnerable states to a rise in sea level, and a new report says several of our historic monuments are in particular danger.

05/21/2014

California Chrome

Md. Racing Fans Hope To See A Triple Crown Winner This Year

A big weekend for Baltimore and big weekend for horse racing as Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome won the Preakness Stakes and earned a shot at becoming the first horse in more than three decades to win horse racing’s coveted Triple Crown.

05/19/2014

wmar suspect

Mother Of Man Who Rammed Truck Into WMAR-TV Blames Mental Illness For Actions

The man who drove a truck through the front lobby of WMAR-TV remains in custody. His own mother blames his mental illness for his bizarre actions that day.

05/16/2014

Source: KellyfromABC2 (Twitter); WMAR News Director

Calls For Help From WMAR-TV Released After Man Rams Truck Into Station

The frantic 911 calls are released from WMAR-TV as a man begins ramming his truck into the lobby of the television station.

05/15/2014

wmar suspect

Man Who Rammed Truck Into WMAR IDed, Charged With Attempted 2nd Degree Murder

A man claiming to be God before slamming a stolen landscaping truck into a Baltimore-area television station Tuesday morning has been identified and charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder.

05/14/2014

Jonathan Roberts

Family Of Man Killed In Accident Outraged After Woman Fined $500 In Plea Deal

Outrage from the family of a Virginia man killed in a car accident after prosecutors offered a plea deal to the Maryland driver who caused his death.

05/12/2014

LinwoodOmarSmith

Boyfriend Charged With Attempted Murder In Shooting Of 17-Year-Old Girl

New details and an arrest in the case of a 17-year-old girl shot in the face in a Reisterstown neighborhood.

05/09/2014

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