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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

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Hanover Gas Station Clerk Killed In Overnight Shooting

Police in Anne Arundel County are searching for the cold blooded killer who walked into a gas station and gunned down the store clerk before he could even say anything.

08/07/2014

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Organizers, City Officials Vow To Keep Weekend’s Concert Safe

Preparations are underway as the city prepares to host a two-day electronic dance music concert this weekend. It comes just days after two people died and 19 others were hospitalized during a similar concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

08/06/2014

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300 Rabbis Call On Obama To Release Md. Man Imprisoned In Cuba

The fight to free a Maryland man imprisoned in Cuba gets some big support from hundreds of rabbis from around the nation—including some right here in Baltimore.

08/05/2014

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Police Work To Crack Down On Copper Thieves

The power is back on for more than 6,000 people in parts of Anne Arundel County after thieves stole copper wire right out of the active power substation. It is one of the latest incidents of what has become an all too common crime in the region.

08/04/2014

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Bombshell Revelations Against Former Va. Governor And Wife Keep Coming

It’s the biggest political scandal Virginia has ever seen play out in a courtroom. The bombshell revelations against former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife keep coming.

08/01/2014

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N.J. Detective Acquitted In Fatal Road Rage Incident Speaking Out

One day after a jury cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing, the New Jersey police detective who shot and killed a Maryland man after a road rage incident is speaking publicly for the first time.

07/31/2014

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Jury Deliberations Underway In Road Rage Murder Trial

Murder or self-defense. Those are the choices facing a jury after closing arguments were held Tuesday in the case of a New Jersey police detective who shot a man following a road rage incident last year.

07/29/2014

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Former Va. Governor Stands Trial, Accused Of Misusing Power

He was seen by many as a GOP presidential contender but now the former governor of Virginia continues his fall from grace as he and his wife stand trial on allegations that they used the power of his office for their own personal financial gain.

07/28/2014

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N.J. Officer Takes Stand At His Murder Trial

The New Jersey police officer accused of murdering an Anne Arundel County man after a road rage incident last year takes the stand in his own defense.

07/25/2014

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Hundreds In Baltimore Rally To Show Solidarity With Those In Gaza

The conflict in Gaza continues to spark intense passions and concerns across the United States, including right here in Maryland.

07/24/2014

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Beretta: Md. Gun Laws Forcing Move To Tennessee

A major gun manufacturer decides to pull all of its production out of Maryland and move it to Tennessee. The Beretta corporation blames their decision on the state’s new tougher gun control laws.

07/23/2014

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Maryland Gun Control Law Debated In Federal Court

The debate over Maryland’s newest gun law moves to federal court. A US judge in Baltimore heard arguments Tuesday calling the state’s ban on the sale of assault rifles unconstitutional.

07/22/2014

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