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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 is a private 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
  • Gloucester County officials work to help save homes in flood-prone areas

    Gloucester County, Va. –  As far as storms go, the 2009 nor’easter wasn’t particularly powerful. But in Gloucester, it altered lives. “The only thing that we were able to take away were our dishes that were in the cabinets. The beds, the TVs, everything, was destroyed,” says Crystal Brown. Last December, five years after the flood, Brown moved back to her home, except now her home is 12 feet higher. Gloucester County has relentlessly pursued federal funds to elevate the […]

  • Del. Scott Taylor pushes for new law to help arm servicemembers

    Virginia Beach, Va. – Everywhere you look in Hampton Roads, you see uniforms. More than 100,000 active duty members live and work in Hampton Roads. But here is the truth about our armed forces. Very few are actually armed. And some are wondering if that should change. “Our soldiers, our military, our veterans, are targets,” says Del. Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL. He says terrorists know most men and women in uniform are not allowed to carry guns. That, […]

  • Philip Ohman

    Wanted fugitive who claimed to be a Navy SEAL arrested in Virginia Beach

    A man wanted on fraud charges in Arizona for running a scam in which he pretended to be a Navy SEAL has been arrested in Virginia Beach by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Virginia Beach Fugitive Unit.

  • Police ask golf-course workers to stop shooting geese

    Chesapeake Police have asked workers at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club to stop shooting Canada geese until officials figure out if the shooting is legal.

  • Chesapeake golf course worker shotguns geese

    Chesapeake, Va. – A golf course worker at Cahoon Plantation used a shotgun to kill 11 geese in the middle of the afternoon Wednesday, shocking neighbors who called police. According to a Chesapeake police spokeswoman, an officer met with the employee at Cahoon Plantation, who presented a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The police spokeswoman, Kelly O’Sullivan, said the permit granted the course permission to shoot up to 30 geese. O’Sullivan said the shootings happened at 4:20 […]

  • Who will donors support for Norfolk mayor?

    Norfolk, Va. – Norfolk sheriff Robert McCabe has collected hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars since winning office more than 20 years ago. His financial support has come from some of the same people and companies that have also supported Mayor Paul Fraim. Since 2010, McCabe has reported thousands in donations from contractors and construction companies, real estate businesses, and lawyers and law firms, including Mayor Fraim’s law firm. He’s also taken in around $10,000 from the Norfolk Tides, and […]

  • Former top-gun pilot gets 50 years on child porn charges; accused of trying to give secrets to China

    A former top-gun pilot who was found guilty of producing child porn, is now being accused of trying to give away secrets to China in exchange for his freedom.

  • Abduction try has ODU students worried about police staffing

    Norfolk, Va. – Naeema Toure says when the sun sets, she retreats to her dorm. “I try to be in my room before it gets dark,” the senior said. “Because every time we get a campus alert, it’s always between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.” The latest alert that rattled her came July 6, when a female student reported a man tried to snatch her outside the library. She escaped. There have been no arrests. Toure says she doesn’t see […]

  • Cops use burgers, basketball to fight crime

    A new policing strategy in one of Virginia Beach’s highest-crime neighborhoods is starting to pay off.

  • FAA drone database shows local close calls

    An FAA database shows nearly 200 incidents of pilots' close encounters with drones, including many in Virginia.

  • Engineer accused of trying to sell military secrets pleads guilty, could serve 11 years

    UPDATE: Awwad pleaded guilty to attempted espionage. He faces between 8 and 11 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for September. An engineer made it his life’s mission to steal American military secrets and give them to his home country. That’s what prosecutors outlined in a federal court hearing on Tuesday. Investigator Mike Mather was there when prosecutors revealed that when the carrier Gerald R. Ford first sets sail, Mostafa Awwad would know how to sink it. Marshals quickly moved Awwad […]

  • Drone dangers in Hampton Roads

    You might call them drones, or quad-copters, or maybe the more technical "unmanned aerial vehicle."

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