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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A shocking and sickening murder. Now police say the death of a 16-year-old girl was part of a gang initiation.
New efforts to get Montgomery County schools to show the same respect to Muslim holidays as they do for Christian and Jewish holy days.
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Free-range parenting controversy. After an outcry over one Maryland family’s decision to let their children walk free in their community, state Child Protective Services is changing its policy.
The biggest data breach in government history just got bigger. An employee union claims every single federal worker was hacked, including hundreds of thousands of people in Maryland.
Investigators looking into the cause of last month’s deadly Amtrak crash answer a big question about the engineer’s actions. For the first time, they are revealing what they’ve learned about his cell phone use that day.
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Police Commissioner Anthony Batts proposes new safety measures for transportation vans.