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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Icy Roads Possible During Thursday Morning Commute

Carroll County roads are looking pretty good and that’s a testament to the timing of the snow. It came a little later than expected and that gave road crews more time to prepare.

01/21/2015

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Md. Board Of Regents Approves Tuition Hike For Spring Semester

Tough times for the state budget means college students in Maryland’s university system are about to pay more.

01/16/2015

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Report: Ray Rice Settles Grievance Against Ravens

Ray Rice’s legal battle with the Ravens has reportedly come to a close.

01/15/2015

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Md. Court Considering Appeal In ‘Serial’ Podcast Case

The man at the center of a wildly popular podcast based on his 2001 Baltimore murder conviction now waits for an appeals court to decide if he should get a new shot at clearing his name.

01/14/2015

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Maryland Court To Consider Lawsuit Cap

The outcome of a case under consideration by Maryland’s highest court could have a major impact on all lawsuits brought against local governments, especially lawsuits brought by families of those wrongly killed by police.

01/13/2015

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Bail Set For $2.5M For Bishop Charged In Cyclist’s Death

Bail remains the same—$2.5 million—for the Episcopal church bishop charged in the December drinking and driving death of a Baltimore bicyclist.

01/12/2015

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Schedule Change Announced For Baltimore Police Officers

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts are poised to announce a new public safety deployment schedule for the police department that will allow officers more flexibility on their beats.

01/09/2015

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Snow Creates Traffic Troubles For Some Motorists

It started early and fell faster and harder than many expected. Derek Valcourt has the details on how the snow created traffic troubles for some motorists.

01/06/2015

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Minimum Wage Increases In Md.

The New Year brings a pay raise to thousands of the Maryland’s minimum wage workers. Derek Valcourt has more on the increase and what it means to businesses and its workers.

01/02/2015

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Hundreds Honor Fallen Bicyclist Thomas Palermo

The cycling community comes together to remember a Baltimore man killed in an accident while riding his bike over the weekend.

01/01/2015

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Ravens Security Director Charged With Sex Offense

The security director of the Baltimore Ravens was charged Tuesday night with a sex offense and is due in court in February, according to court records.

12/31/2014

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Hogan Announces More Administration Posts

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has announced several appointments to his administration.

12/30/2014

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