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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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Freddie Gray Investigation Complete, Turned Over To State’s Attorney

This came as a surprise, police said they would not turn their information over to prosecutors until tomorrow.

04/30/2015

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Baltimore City Leaders Urging Rioters To Get Off The Streets

The mayor insisted she would not surrender the city to a band of what she called “thugs.” She is calling for calm and peace. The police commissioner is insisting that parents get involved and help.

04/27/2015

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Police: Baltimore Gangs Threaten To ‘Take Out’ Officers

The Baltimore Police Department has received information that a number of Baltimore area gangs have joined forces to “take out” officers.

04/27/2015

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31 Adults, 4 Juveniles Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

Thousands of people made their way around the city—some coming from as far as Ferguson—to remember 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Baltimore was certainly in the national spotlight…but for all the wrong reasons.

04/26/2015

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Police May Have Ignored Seatbelt Policy With Freddie Gray

Protests continue over the death of Freddie Gray, as several investigations are underway into exactly when and how he suffered a severed spinal column.

04/23/2015

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Federal Authorities Launch Investigation Into Freddie Gray’s Death

Growing demands for answers as the feds now start their own investigation into how Freddie Gray was fatally wounded in custody.

04/22/2015

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Justice Department Probes Baltimore Police-Custody Death

New details in the investigation into the highly controversial death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody. Federal authorities announce they are looking into the case.

04/21/2015

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O’Malley Continues Unofficial Campaigning In Race For President

O’Malley appeared on Face the Nation Sunday.

04/19/2015

Freddie Gray apprehended by Baltimore Police on April 12, 2015. Credit: WJZ

Freddie Gray Dies In Hospital One Week After Arrest In Baltimore

The day after a protest in his honor, Freddie Gray has passed away. His family contacted WJZ Sunday.

04/19/2015

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Gyrocopter Landing Exposes Major Weaknesses In National Security

Many in Washington, D.C. are scrambling to figure out how they can improve security after a small gyrocopter lands on the West Lawn of the Capitol without ever being detected.

04/17/2015

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Homeland Chief: Gyrocopter Came In ‘Under The Radar’

Tough questions for U.S. Capitol Police and the Secret Service after a man in a gyrocopter lands on the lawn of the Capitol building. It comes as that man makes a first appearance in federal court.

04/16/2015

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City Agrees To Pay Out Settlement To Family Of Man Killed By Baltimore Police

Baltimore City agrees to pay tens of thousands of dollars to the family of a man shot and killed by police in 2012.

04/15/2015

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