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
Residents claim maintenance workers traded sex for repairs. Now the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office is opening a criminal investigation into those reports.
An alarming discovery inside the locker room of a women’s sports team at Towson University.
Baltimore County police say arson is to blame for a massive apartment fire in Pikesville. Now two children, not even teens yet, face charges for allegedly setting the blaze.
Baltimore police launch an internal investigation into the actions of one of their officers, after cell phone videos appear to show the officer spitting on a man already in handcuffs.
Attorneys for the officers accused in the April death of Freddie Gray head back to court Tuesday. Several more key issues in the case will be under consideration.
Computer problems getting the blame for some big time delays for Southwest Airlines passengers across the country today.
A Howard County police officer fatally shot armed man in Columbia Friday morning.
Anne Arundel County police have located a carjacking suspect who allegedly crashed into a Ft. Meade gate Wednesday night and then fled.
Baltimore City agreed to pay $95,000 to a woman who says she was given a rough ride in a police van.
Baltimore City agrees to pay out nearly $100,000 to a woman who says she was given a rough ride in a Baltimore City police van.
The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the circumstances that led up to a massive cargo ship sinking in the Atlantic during Hurricane Joaquin.
Maryland officials are urging residents and business owners to get prepared for potential flooding as a Nor’easter rolls into our region.