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.
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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.
Pedestrian deaths are sparking big safety changes for Route 1 in College Park.
A ten-year-old foster child dies at his Anne Arundel County group home, even as state officials were taking action to shut that facility down.
Heartbreak and questions linger in Carroll County after a powerful storm topples trees, killing one 12-year-old boy and injuring several other kids at a popular Christian camp.
Camp catastrophe. A fast-moving storm claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy when trees toppled down onto a group of more than 100 kids heading for shelter at a Carroll County camp. At least eight other kids were injured.
As violence escalated between Palestinians and Israelis, an American teenager born in Baltimore found himself caught up in the escalating tensions and beaten by Israeli police—and it was all caught on camera.
The brutal beating of a Baltimore-born teenager at the hands of Israeli police continues to fuel international outrage. That beating was caught on camera.
Some potentially powerful thunderstorms are rolling through the region. Not only could we see more storms, it ‘s another steamy summer day.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Police in several states, including Maryland, are on the hunt for some brazen jewel thieves who so far have made off with stolen jewels worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.