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

Keon White
Photo/ Baltimore Police

Police Arrest Man Who Shot 3 Teens In Baltimore

A violent night on the streets of Baltimore, where police report a total of 7 people shot overnight, 1 fatally.


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Freddie Gray Case Brings New Effort To Reexamine Additional Police Custody Deaths

The Freddie Gray case is bringing a new effort to reexamine police custody deaths in Baltimore.


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Marylanders Try To Stay Cool During Unrelenting Heat

For the second day in a row, we were under a heat advisory and it felt like triple digits outside.



Perry Hall Father Shoots Sons In Murder-Suicide

Baltimore County police say a Perry Hall father and his two sons are dead in what police are describing as a murder-suicide at their home.



270 Chickens Seized During Cockfighting Investigation Euthanized

A sad turn for hundreds of chickens and roosters confiscated by Anne Arundel County police as part of an investigation into illegal cockfighting.



Monday’s Rescue Leads To Safety Warnings At Rocks State Park

Safety warnings at Rocks State Park one day after the dramatic rescue of a fallen climber.


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Baltimore Officials Launch ‘War Room’ To Combat Crime Spike

A violent weekend in Baltimore as city officials launch what they’re calling a special “war room” to coordinate their response to the crime surge.



Baltimore FOP Critical Of City Police Leadership During Riots

The Fraternal Order of Police called for improvements Wednesday morning following the release of their report into the Baltimore riots.


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Family Of Fallen Officer Wants Jury To Hold Police Responsible

Shot 20 times by fellow officers. Now the family of a Baltimore City police officer asks a jury to hold the police department responsible for his death.


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(Raymon Carter, 26, of Baltimore is charged with the arson of the CVS Pharmacy located in the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on April 27, 2015.)

Judge Orders CVS Arson Suspect To Be Held Pending Trial

The man charged with setting fire to a CVS during the Baltimore riots was ordered to await in jail until his trial.



Baltimore Police Announce Series Of Arrests In Shootings, Homicides

Major crime bust. Homicides in Baltimore are higher this year compared to last. Monday, city police announced arrests in several shootings and homicides.


Raymon Carter.
(Raymon Carter, 26, of Baltimore is charged with the arson of the CVS Pharmacy located in the 2500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on April 27, 2015.)

Man Accused Of Setting Fire To CVS During Riots Caused $1M In Damages

A millions dollars in damage. New details in the arrest of the man police say set fire to a CVS pharmacy in the middle of the April riots.