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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
  • More cases to be dismissed after Virginia Beach officer suddenly resigns

    Virginia Beach, Va. – The tally of Officer Christopher Skinner’s dropped DUI cases is growing this week. Since Monday, nine more DUI cases were dropped. Three drug charges were let go, and nine traffic tickets went away. Since Christopher Skinner’s resignation, roughly 30 DUI defendants had their cases dismissed. Another 30 or so will probably get the same break. And the fallout extends beyond drunk drivers. A man at the Oceanfront faced trial this week for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, […]

  • Muhammad to Norfolk Police: ‘Do your damn job’

    “I am calling on the Norfolk Police Department to step up and do your damn job.”

  • Virginia Beach officer accused of sending sexually harassing texts to women he arrested, sources say

    Virginia Beach, Va. – Court records show Officer Christopher Skinner was one of Virginia Beach’s most productive cops. He won an award for his relentless pursuit of drunk drivers. But he was under investigation for what was happening after some of those arrests. Multiple legal and law-enforcement sources say Skinner was communicating with women he had arrested, and sometimes those communications turned sexual. Sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said some of the women who had received the texts […]

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    Police investigating cases where robbers’ cell phones left with victims

    Virginia Beach, Va. – Virginia Beach police are investigating two unrelated cases where, both times, a robber’s cell phone was accidentally left with the victim. And in both cases, according to a pair of search-warrant affidavits, detectives are using the phones to identify the robbers. In the first, a man parked near Nelms Lane to mow a field in late July. Later, he noticed a man going through his car. He ran off with $150 from the center console. The […]

  • Officer’s sudden resignation jeopardizes 60 drunk-driving cases

    Virginia Beach, Va. – The fallout from the sudden and unexplained resignation of a Virginia Beach police officer is far worse than 10 dropped drunk-driving cases officials previously disclosed. A NewsChannel 3 investigation shows prosecutors had to drop another 10 cases days later, and there are about 40 more drunk-driving arrests in jeopardy. Many of the drivers who have gone free, or soon will, once faced mandatory jail time for high alcohol levels. Several others were being prosecuted as repeat offenders. And more […]

  • NTSB: School buses are the safest transportation for kids

    Federal officials are working to convince parents that school buses are the safest mode of transportation for kids.

  • Letter: Medical emergency not drugs, caused bus-driver impairment

    Norfolk, Va. – A school bus driver transporting Norfolk Academy students was suffering from a sudden medical condition that mimics a stroke, and was not under the influence of drugs, according to a letter from the school’s headmaster. Virginia Beach police in June charged Dorothy Youngs with driving under the influence of drugs after someone reported her school bus was weaving on Shore Drive. A witness used a cell phone to record police giving Youngs a field-sobriety test. Youngs works […]

  • Some victims of M Star Hotel fire allowed to come back to get belongings

    Norfolk, Va. – Valerie Yorker and her husband gathered their belongings this morning from the charred hotel. They used a wheelbarrow and a luggage cart to move most of what they owned into the front parking lot. “It is what it is. Hopefully we’ll get this apartment this afternoon. We’re praying on that,” says Valerie. The Yorkers, like a lot of people we’ve talked to in the past week, lived at the M Star Hotel while they searched for better […]

  • Owner of Norfolk hotel destroyed by fire facing several charges

    For two days now, firefighters and inspectors have scrutinized the charred shell of the M Star Hotel on Shore Drive. The owner is now facing several violations.

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    Oceanview hotel slapped with several violations after two-alarm

    Norfolk, Va. – Norfolk Fire-Rescue crews spent hours Wednesday battling a two-alarm fire at the M Star Hotel located at 7950 Shore Drive in Oceanview. Now the hotel has been slapped with 20 violations for not having smoke detectors properly installed, endangering guests and other violations. Calls reporting the fire came in at 8:56 a.m. When units arrived on scene at 9:00 a.m., heavy smoke was seen coming from the roof. All occupants of the hotel were quickly evacuated. Norfolk Fire-Rescue confirms […]

  • Virginia Beach slashing budget used to protect Oceana

    Virginia Beach, Va. – A decade ago, Virginia Beach got a scare, because so many houses crowd Oceana. It costs a ton of money to save the base. Now the city says the threat of losing the base is over so the city is slashing the budget it used to protect Oceana. Ten years ago, jets landing at Oceana flew over so many houses bordering the airbase that government leaders almost closed the runways. To save the base, the city and […]

  • 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 […]


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