While in the Southeast and the Midwest, he covered some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including two presidential campaigns in three different swing states.
Derick was born and raised in Richmond, VA, but he's no stranger to New York City. His father lives in Queens, where Derick spent a significant amount of time growing up.
Derick's a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with degrees in journalism and political science. In his spare time, he loves exploring food and culture right here in New York City and around the world.
He's thrilled to call NYC home.
Reopening New Jersey: Paterson schools reverse hybrid learning plan, will start remotely
Paterson schools approved a plan Wednesday night to revise the district's restart plan from a hybrid model to a solely virtual model until November 1, at which point officials will assess whether a hybrid model can be implemented based on local conditions at the time.
Reopening New Jersey: Murphy clears schools to reopen, allows remote learning amid teacher shortage
New Jersey public and nonpublic pre-K through 12 schools and colleges and universities have been cleared to reopen for the upcoming academic year, Governor Murphy has announced. Schools may also opt for remote learning.
Reopen News: Nearly 300,000 NYC families opt for all-remote learning
The city's plan calls for a mix of in-person and remote learning with students taking turns in classrooms when they return in the fall, but more than a quarter of students have decided to go with the all-remote option instead.
2020 Vote: Connecticut votes amid power outages, candidate quits after arrest
Today's primary won't have a lot of impact as many opted to vote by mail. However, this is supposed to be a dry run for November, all while dealing with storm cleanup.
Reopen NYC: Gyms make safety changes amid coronavirus pandemic, but still no timetable
It's the future of fitness centers in the COVID age, with social distance markers all over a Crunch gym location in Midtown, spin classes with only every third bike available, and even the water fountains have been disabled.
Sex offenders at Upper West Side hotel will likely extend their stay
A handful of convicted "sexually violent" level 2 sex offenders, who recently moved into an Upper West Side hotel that's now set up as a homeless shelter, will likely stay there, over the objections of neighbors.
Passerby hit by falling basket meant to catch subway debris in Brooklyn
The terrifying incident happened near the Alabama Avenue J train station. Now, people want to know what's stopping this from happening again?
NYC neighbors surprised to learn at least 139 city hotels are now homeless shelters
With a lack of guests due to the coronavirus pandemic, hotels across New York City are turning to homeless people to fill the rooms. And in many cases, neighbors are never notified.
Violent weekend: 10 dead in 30 shootings in New York City on Sunday alone
It was a weekend plagued by gun violence across New York City as the surge in shootings continues, with 11 people killed in two days and 30 shootings with 10 homicides on Sunday alone.
NYPD union calls for end of COMPSTAT crime tracking system
The president of an NYPD union is calling for dramatic changes at the nation's largest police department and says other recent decisions have led to an "inevitable" spike in crime.