Mike Valerio is a five-time Emmy award-winning journalist, serving as a political and law enforcement correspondent for WUSA9 in Washington. 

Valerio currently leads the station’s election security reporting, and spearheads the newsroom’s coverage of the White House. Valerio also covers the Department of Justice, focusing on the FBI, ATF and domestic terror cases.

Beginning in 2017, Valerio filmed, edited and produced WUSA9’s groundbreaking series, Fallen and Forgotten, where he revealed 444 Americans from World War II are still buried on the remote Pacific atoll of Tarawa.

His investigative reporting uncovered the Pentagon’s failure to inform family members that the forgotten graves of Tarawa are lost under parking lots and garbage. Valerio also exposed critical inefficiencies and communication breakdowns within the U.S. Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency.

Valerio extensively covers Virginia politics, after spending four years as the state capitol correspondent for NBC12 News in Richmond. Valerio filed comprehensive reports from the 2016 campaign trail, chronicling the rise of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

Valerio previously worked in New York as the chief researcher for the New York Times best-selling book, "Betrayal: The Life and Lies of Bernie Madoff."

Beginning his career as a news reporter in New Bern, N.C., Valerio worked for the ABC and Fox News affiliates covering Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.

Valerio graduated from the George Washington University summa cum laude, with a degree in journalism and mass communication. He was born in Washington D.C., and has family spread across Virginia, New York and California.

Fluent in French and Italian, Valerio also has a command of Arabic, Spanish and Japanese. He can be reached by email at mvalerio@wusa9.com.