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
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She’s used to defending accused criminals in court, now a local defense attorney finds herself on the wrong side of the law.
The woman who led police on a chase from the White House to the Capitol is dead. Her bizarre behavior set off a massive police response and injured two officers. But it’s still not clear what was behind it.
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Police Commissioner Anthony Batts finally speaks out about the fiery, fatal crash in Baltimore that left three people dead–outraging their families.
An investigation is underway after a horrific early Tuesday morning car crash kills three people and hospitalizes a fourth. There are questions whether a police chase may have led to the fatal crash.
Prosecutors have decided to drop all charges against a Baltimore County father arrested after repeatedly questioning school administrators at a town hall meeting. The confrontation was all caught on camera.
Tackling violent crime remains a top priority for city leaders. But with murders and shootings on the rise, there is renewed debate over how to curb it.
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