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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He was seen by many as a GOP presidential contender but now the former governor of Virginia continues his fall from grace as he and his wife stand trial on allegations that they used the power of his office for their own personal financial gain.
The New Jersey police officer accused of murdering an Anne Arundel County man after a road rage incident last year takes the stand in his own defense.
The conflict in Gaza continues to spark intense passions and concerns across the United States, including right here in Maryland.
A major gun manufacturer decides to pull all of its production out of Maryland and move it to Tennessee. The Beretta corporation blames their decision on the state’s new tougher gun control laws.
The debate over Maryland’s newest gun law moves to federal court. A US judge in Baltimore heard arguments Tuesday calling the state’s ban on the sale of assault rifles unconstitutional.
What started as road rage between an Anne Arundel County man and an off-duty New Jersey police officer turned into a shooting and now a first degree murder trial.
State health officials are urging Maryland residents to take precaution to protect themselves from mosquitoes which could be carrying diseases like the West Nile Virus.
The University of Maryland announces it will induct basketball star Len Bias into its athletics hall of fame.
Dozens of first responders and rescue boats converged on the Inner Harbor Wednesday morning in a first-of-its-kind training exercise. The drill was designed to prepare rescue crews on how to respond to not just a small boating accident, but a major catastrophe.
Family and friends laid to rest a little boy killed suddenly by a fallen tree when a freak storm ripped through a Carroll County summer camp.
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