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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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Baltimore Couple Among Team Wanted For Jewelry Heists In Several States

Police in several states, including Maryland, are on the hunt for some brazen jewel thieves who so far have made off with stolen jewels worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

07/01/2014

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Justices: Can’t Make Employers Cover Contraception

The Supreme Court rules some businesses don’t have to provide contraceptive coverage to female employees under the Affordable Care Act if the business owners have religious objections to it.

06/30/2014

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Traveling This 4th Of July Weekend? You Are Not Alone

If you’re planning to hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, you’re not alone. A record number of people will be traveling this year.

06/27/2014

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Gloves Off: Larry Hogan Throws 1st Punch In Campaign For Governor

Just 48 hours since the primary, and the race for governor is already heating up. In campaign 2014, Larry Hogan already has a controversial ad that goes after his opponent, Anthony Brown.

06/26/2014

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Mosby Upsets City State’s Attorney Bernstein, Wins Democratic Primary

Major upset. City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein loses his bid for re-election to a former prosecutor, who, at one time, briefly worked for Bernstein.

06/25/2014

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Brian Frosh Wins Democratic Nomination In Attorney General Race

Brian Frosh wins the Democratic nomination for Md. attorney general. He faces Republican Jeffrey Pritzker and Libertarian Leo Wayne in November. Neither of them had primary competition.

06/24/2014

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Grieving Family Prepares Funeral For 8-Year-Old Hero & His Brother

Family members are preparing to lay to rest two young boys who died after fire ripped through their West Baltimore rowhome early Monday morning. Authorities say one of the boys died trying to save the other.

06/18/2014

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8-Year-Old Hero Who Tried To Save Brother From Fire Also Dies From Injuries

A heartbreaking update on a story of an 8-year-old boy being hailed as a hero for saving his little sister from a house fire and trying to save his younger brother. WJZ has learned the courageous young man was taken off life support and died Tuesday evening.

06/17/2014

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Fire Kills Boy, Injures Sister & 8-Year-Old Brother Who Tried To Save Him

In the middle of the night, a West Baltimore family awakens to find their house on fire. The adults were cut off from the children. In the end, one child died and his 8-year-old brother is credited with saving a life.

06/16/2014

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Budget Cuts Threaten Advanced Academic Programs At Baltimore City Schools

Popular programs for city school students may get spared the budget ax after angry criticism from parents and lawmakers.

05/27/2014

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Travelers Heading Home As Memorial Day Weekend Comes To A Close

As Memorial Day winds to a close, many people are making the drive home from their long weekend.

05/26/2014

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Tornado Rips Through Homes, Injures 2 Just Across Md. Line In Marydel, Del.

Those strong storms that ripped through our area Thursday moved east, producing a powerful tornado that touched down just across the Maryland line into Delaware. It happened near Maryldel, which sits just across the Maryland state line in Delaware..

05/23/2014

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