Mike Mather

Investigator

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

  • You’ll never believe what a convicted killer is requesting from a judge

    Posted on: 6:57 pm, April 1, 2014, by , updated on: 07:14am, April 2, 2014

    Eddie Makdessi, convicted in 2006 of killing his wife and her lover in a life-insurance scam, is asking a federal...
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  • Could a new Oceanfront attraction become a perch for peeping toms?

    Posted on: 5:30 pm, March 31, 2014, by , updated on: 06:06am, April 1, 2014

    The flashing lights. The buzz of the crowd. The hum of motors rotating a Ferris wheel's gondolas 200 feet into the air.
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  • Murder on the Mahan: Who did the shooter work for?

    Posted on: 7:21 pm, March 28, 2014, by

    Jeffrey Savage parked a truck at Pier 1 with no problems. He boarded a warship, grabbed a sentry’s gun, killed...
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  • TWIC card allows civilians with criminal histories access to base

    Posted on: 6:31 pm, March 25, 2014, by and

    The man who fatally shot a sailor at Naval Station Norfolk drove onto the base and passed through pier security with an...
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  • Sailor killed on USS Mahan gave his life to protect shipmates

    Posted on: 4:47 am, March 25, 2014, by , , and , updated on: 04:38pm, March 27, 2014

    A sailor and a civilian suspect are dead following a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk Monday night.
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  • Beach prosecutors withdraw death penalty in cop-killing trial

    Posted on: 11:44 am, March 24, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:32pm, March 24, 2014

    Virginia Beach prosecutors told a judge today they will no longer seek the death penalty against a man charged with robbing and killing an off-duty Norfolk police officer near a go-go bar.
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  • Lawyers expand search for potential lying witnesses in Decker case

    Posted on: 6:58 pm, March 19, 2014, by

    Court records made public this week show defense lawyers who uncovered an apparent conspiracy of lies between two state witnesses...
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  • Oops: House sitter watching home filled with pot, guns accidentally shoots himself

    Posted on: 5:55 pm, March 19, 2014, by , updated on: 06:00pm, March 19, 2014

    A Virginia Beach house sitter looking after a home filled with pot and guns accidentally shot himself, leading police to...
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  • Lawyers sat on information for months that could have freed man accused of murder

    Posted on: 7:45 pm, March 18, 2014, by

    The lie that derailed the murder trial of Kareem Turner yesterday was actually uncovered months ago by the team representing...
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  • Teen driver may not be convicted despite drinking videos found by NewsChannel 3

    Posted on: 7:12 pm, March 18, 2014, by , updated on: 06:45am, March 19, 2014

    Officers on Tuesday testified 19-year-old driver Alexanda Liebig twice told them she had not been drinking after an accident that ended in the death of one of her passengers, Chris Pardee.
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  • Man accused of Norfolk officer’s murder: ‘I was innocent from the beginning’

    Posted on: 11:13 am, March 17, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:05pm, March 18, 2014

    The Commonwealth has dropped all charges against Kareem Turner in the Victor Decker murder case, citing perjury.

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  • Sources: Charges to be dropped against man accused of Norfolk officer’s murder

    Posted on: 4:42 pm, March 14, 2014, by , updated on: 07:10pm, March 14, 2014

    Sources in the Virginia Beach justice system along with the mother of murder suspect Kareem Turner, confirmed today charges against him will be dropped Monday.
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