Beginning his career in 1984, Derek has been a journalist with The Staten Island Advance newspaper and journalist for more than three decades:

* Sports reporter for 32 years (August 1984) and co-penned the Lifestyle “Man To Man” column (1995-2003).

* Officially transferred to the “Visual Team” March 2016 as a staff photographer, after writing and shooting since 2005.

He enjoys capturing moments in time with great subjects, and allowing the stories to unfold beyond his imagination …Here is a glance at his work through the lens in sports, news and events.


Jesse Abramson Media Award ~ Penn Relays, 2004
Stan Saplin Media Award ~ The Armory Foundation, 2015
Rev. Arthur D. Phillips Humanitarian Award ~ Fellowship Baptist Church, 2003
Black History Month Trailblazer Award/Proclamation ~ City Councilwoman Debi Rose, 2011
Gerard L. Carter Person of the Year ~ Staten Island Hope Help Our People Excel), 2005
Honored to Recognized ~ SITRAC, 2015
Dedication and Service ~ Big Blue Track & Field Classic, 2015
Nick Bruno Award ~ Above & Beyond Youth Basketball, 2015
Unsung Hero ~ Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame, 2021

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