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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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Univ. Of Md. Data Breach Impacts More Than 300K With IDs Issued Since 1998

Massive data breach at the University of Maryland. Personal information of more than 300,000 faculty, staff and students is exposed.

02/20/2014

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Attorneys File Class Action Lawsuit Against BWI Westin Hotel

Days after carbon monoxide sickened guests and workers at a hotel near BWI, attorneys filed a class action lawsuit in the case.

02/19/2014

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Baltimore City Schools Introduces Its New CEO, Dr. Gregory Thornton

The search for the Baltimore City Schools CEO is over. On Tuesday, the school board and the mayor introduced the new superintendent to the public.

02/18/2014

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Some Marylanders Still Digging Out From Last Week’s Storm

Marylanders are still feeling the effects of last week’s big snowfall.

02/17/2014

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Hard-Hit Westminster Cleaning Up After Biggest Snow In Years

The big dig is underway across Maryland, but winter’s wrath isn’t over yet. More snow could be on the way.

02/14/2014

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Heavy Snow Creates Travel Woes In Maryland

The winter storm is creating a headache for travelers on Thursday.

02/13/2014

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Snow Days May Affect Md. School Calendars

As we prepare for another round of snow, local schools are bracing for another possible snow day. For some schools, this will be another snow day too many.

02/11/2014

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Announces ‘State Of The City’

The mayor takes aim at Baltimore’s violent crime in her annual State of the City address.

02/10/2014

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After Wicked Weather, Power Outages Persist For Some Into The Weekend

Thousands of people in the region remain without power. It’s been almost three full days since a wicked ice storm knocked out power to tens of thousands.

02/07/2014

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Md. Democratic Lawmakers Join Religious Leaders In Rally For Minimum Wage Increase

Maryland’s Democratic lawmakers pushing for a raise in the minimum wage are getting some help from a coalition of religious leaders.

02/03/2014

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Local Success: Under Armour’s Stock Jumps To An All-Time High

Business is booming for Baltimore-based clothier Under Armour. The latest profit reports sent the stocks soaring to an all-time high, making millions and millions of dollars for its CEO.

01/31/2014

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Leaders Want Baltimore County To Ban So-Called Cell Phone ATM Kiosks

Cell phone theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. In fact, the FCC says cell phones are taken in about 40 percent of all robberies. Now Baltimore County leaders say they have a plan to do something about it.

01/30/2014

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