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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City landslide. Cleanup is underway after a massive road collapse following heavy rains and flooding across the state.
A major electric and gas utility announcement from Exelon Corporation—the parent company of BGE. Wednesday night, Exelon said it will buy Pepco and its subsidiaries, which provide electricity to hundreds of thousands on the Eastern Shore and in the Maryland suburbs around Washington DC.
A grieving mother turns her pain into advocacy. Tuesday, a Frederick County woman testified on Capitol Hill about the death of her son–who had Down syndrome–in the custody of Frederick County deputies last year.
A 16-year-old narrowly avoided death when he was struck by a car fleeing police in Harford County.
Demands for action after two people are struck and killed crossing a busy road near the University of Maryland. The school’s president is pleading for help.
The primary election is right around the corner, and more than half of the state’s voters either are not thinking or do not care about who will lead the state of Maryland.
A federal alcohol regulatory agency says for now, it is cutting off approval of a new powdered alcohol product designed to turn any liquid into a mixed drink.
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A cable news channel sets a critical eye on a popular Maryland Democrat. Congressman Elijah Cummings is taking heat from Fox News over allegations he helped the IRS to target conservative groups.