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Mike Valerio | Reporter

Mike Valerio is a six-time Emmy award-winning journalist for WUSA9. Valerio spearheads the newsroom’s coverage of election security and the White House.
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Mike Valerio covers the White House, Department of Justice and Election Security for WUSA9 in Washington.

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

Valerio currently leads the station’s coverage of the White House and spearheads the newsroom's reporting on election security. 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 series, Fallen and Forgotten. The documentary revealed at that time, 444 Americans from World War II were still buried on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, often in abysmal conditions.

His investigative reporting uncovered the Pentagon’s failure to inform family members of abandoned graves on Tarawa, resting places that were lost under pavement, villages 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 reporter 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, Valerio is currently studying Mandarin and Spanish, with commands of Arabic, Japanese and Italian. He can be reached by email at mvalerio@wusa9.com.