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Mike Mather is an Emmy-winning and Murrow-winning investigative reporter.

In his 25-year career, he has reported nationally and internationally for NewsChannel 3, The Daily Press, The Virginian-Pilot, CBS News, and The New York Times. His stories have earned dozens of journalism awards, including a Pulitzer nomination.

Career highlights:

-Proved Norfolk city leaders were not telling the full truth about the death of a police recruit. The city’s police chief later lost his job.

-Tracked down a murderous fugitive in Russia and secured the man’s return to the United States. He was convicted.

-Exposed a broken system that allowed a Norfolk auctioneer to repeatedly pocket clients’ money, without consequences. Mike’s story led to a state investigation and felony charges.

-Gained a pardon for a man wrongfully convicted of rape.

-Revealed how the FBI lost control of secret evidence in the Colonial Parkway serial murders, leading the agency to re-open the cases.

-Uncovered fatal mistakes in Virginia Beach’s foster-care system that led to the death of a child. The state launched an investigation because of Mike’s stories, and the director resigned.

Mike is one of the only journalists in the nation to graduate from a police academy and SWAT academy, where he got an inside look at how officers are selected and trained. He and his wife Elizabeth have four boys, including triplets. One of Mike’s triplets, Owen, has Cerebral Palsy. Mike helped found a charity running team in Virginia Beach dedicated to including disabled children in athletic events. Mike is also a volunteer instructor for Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, where he helps teach people with disabilities, including his son, to ski or snowboard.

Mike was born and raised in Virginia Beach but now lives in the Ghent section of Norfolk. He enjoys running, photography, snowboarding and volleyball, and he’s studying to be a pilot. He and several NewsChannel 3 colleagues sometimes pool their musical talents to play in a band. Mike plays guitar.

Follow him on Twitter, @mikemather

Recent Articles
  • Navy wife facing sentencing for stealing from Navy SEAL charity

    Virginia Beach, Va. – Sources tell NewsChannel 3 the Navy wife who has admitted stealing from the Navy SEAL Foundation would add extra items to the charity’s orders and then divert them to herself. Tammy M. Mason is scheduled for sentencing Monday in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. A document outlining the facts of the case has been sealed by a judge, but people who worked with Mason told NewsChannel 3 she padded purchase orders for things like home improvements for […]

  • Pizza driver accused in Virginia Beach bank robbery, former governor share same attorney

    A part-time pizza delivery driver now accused of bank robbery showed up to court Thursday with one of the pricey lawyers who recently defended former Gov. Bob McDonnell on corruption charges.

  • Man charged in 2010 Norfolk barber shop robbery and murder sentenced to 24 years in prison

    A man charged in a 2010 fatal shooting during the robbery of a barber shop was convicted and sentenced in Norfolk Circuit Court on Monday.

  • Bond denied for man arrested in 24-year-old Virginia Beach homicide case

    Bond was denied for a man arrested last month for a 1990 murder during a hearing on Friday in Virginia Beach.

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    Human remains found in Georgia swamp in 1988 determined to be Norfolk woman last seen in 1986

    Human skeletal remains found in Oglethorpe County, Georgia in 1988 have been identified as Bonnie Marie Houston, a woman from Norfolk who reportedly hadn't been seen since 1986.

  • Did bloody fingerprints lead police to an accused Virginia Beach killer?

    Virginia Beach, Va. – A prosecutor said today police have had a killer’s bloody fingerprints 24 years, but only recently did they match them to a person. Cold-case detectives have charged an Erie, Pennsylvania, man with killing his Virginia Beach neighbor in 1990. But the prosecutor also conceded Robert Malick, a husband and father, has no criminal record of any kind. He’s lived in the open, going about his business, hiding from no one for the past quarter century. His […]

  • Navy wife admits stealing from Navy SEAL Foundation

    Virginia Beach, Va. – A Navy wife is admitting she stole from the Navy SEAL Foundation when she worked there handling payments, but her lawyer is keeping the details of the crime secret. Tammy Marie Mason will be sentenced for embezzlement next month. Her court file discloses only that she stole more than $200 from the charity that benefits the families of fallen Navy SEALs. A document outlining the facts of the crime has been sealed at the defense attorney’s […]

  • As prisoner, McDonnell will earn 40 cents an hour

    Richmond, Va. – At Petersburg Federal Correctional Institute, former Gov. Bob McDonnell will don a khaki shirt and khaki pants and earn a maximum of 40 cents an hour. That’s the prison the governor has requested, if his appeal fails. According to the facility’s prisoner handbook and a spokesman, McDonnell would live in dormitory-style housing, and get no special treatment. He would be required to have a job such as landscaping, food-service or cleaning. He would get a chance to […]

  • Judge lowers sentencing guidelines for Bob McDonnell

    UPDATE: Judge James Spencer has reduced the sentencing guidelines for Bob McDonnell based on calculation of loss amount and the elimination of an Obstruction of Justice enhancement. The guidelines are now 6.5 to 8 years instead of the original 10 to 12 years.  Spencer ruled that the value of the gifts McDonnell received was between $97,000-121,000. That would equate to about 78-97 months behind bars based on federal sentencing guidelines. Judge ruled that McDonnells gift value is around 97-121 thousand dollars. […]

  • Wife of man charged with 1990 Virginia Beach murder: “You can’t do something like that and be this amazing father and husband”

    Christmas is Karen Malick's favorite holiday. But not this year. This year, her family is fractured.

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    Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s son charged with DWI in Virginia Beach

    Virginia Beach police have charged one of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s sons with DUI after an early-morning traffic stop in Sandbridge.

  • Animal Advisory Board wants tougher laws on breeding in Norfolk

    Norfolk, Va. – Jean Linman leads a city-appointed group of animal welfare experts. The Animal Advisory Board was created by City Council to guide the members and make recommendations. The board urged tougher laws on breeding, and an ordinance to prohibit dogs from being tied up and left alone. They weighed in on spaying and neutering and feral cat colonies. The board also suggested changing the names of job titles and city buildings to make them sound more friendly. In […]


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