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
The entire Howard County community is still stunned from this weekend’s deadly shooting inside the Mall in Columbia.
A record number of guns have been seized across the country in airports, including right here in Maryland. The TSA says it found more firearms last year than any year before.
A former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander took his own life in his parents’ Carroll County home as he awaited trial on child pornography charges.
Maryland continues to feel the lingering effects of the snow and frigid temperatures.
We can’t begin to measure the accumulations in part because of the very strong wind blowing on the Eastern Shore. Plows have been coming through every few minutes. Road conditions have still deteriorated. The big problem they’re dealing with is the wind. It has caused warnings on the Bay Bridge and is blowing the snow all around.
Thousands of women who may have been secretly photographed by a Johns Hopkins gynecologist must register if they want to be part of a possible class action settlement in the case.
A Cockeysville man convicted for killing his parents and two brothers when he was 15 will not get a sentence modification.
A health scare on the campus of Loyola University Maryland after a student is hospitalized with a dangerous and contagious illness.
An investigative hearing was held at City Hall on Wednesday, aimed at trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong with Baltimore’s problem-plagued speed cameras and red light cameras and what’s being done about it.
Technology has changed quickly in the last few decades. And law enforcement has adapted with it, using that technology to combat crime. But now some Maryland lawmakers say it is time to set some limits in order to protect citizens’ privacy.
Police have arrested two men they say were responsible for a brazen robbery at Maryland’s biggest and busiest casino.
Curators at the Baltimore Museum of Art are celebrating after a court decides a painting stolen there more than 60 years ago must be returned to the museum.