Mike Mather


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

  • Virginia Beach police officer sues drug company over psychotic outburst

    Posted on: 6:22 pm, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 10:05am, March 13, 2014

    A Virginia Beach police officer who was jailed three months after stabbing two Accomack Co. firefighters and shooting at a third says there should have been warning labels on an antibiotic that briefly turned him psychotic.
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  • Slain officer’s text messages will be evidence at murder trial

    Posted on: 7:12 pm, March 11, 2014, by , updated on: 06:18am, March 12, 2014

    Potentially suggestive text messages from the mobile phone of slain off-duty Norfolk officer Victor Decker will be allowed as evidence,...
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  • Jailhouse phone recordings sink bond chances in Chris Pardee case

    Posted on: 7:29 pm, March 10, 2014, by , updated on: 01:38pm, March 11, 2014

    Virginia Beach prosecutors told a judge today that a man who was asking for bail planned, upon his release, to...
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  • Some turn cold weather into cold cash

    Posted on: 6:07 pm, March 4, 2014, by

    A late-season snowstorm this week heaped additional misery on Hampton Roads, cursing us with still more cold and snow. But...
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  • 1980s punk-band guitarist charged in bank robbery

    Posted on: 6:52 pm, February 27, 2014, by , updated on: 06:48am, February 28, 2014

    Vernon Guinn, guitar player for the 1980s punk-rock band “Antic Hay,” was charged Wednesday with robbing a bank in Virginia...
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  • Virginia man arrested after mother found in trunk of car

    Posted on: 7:35 pm, February 26, 2014, by

    NewsChannel 3 Investigator Mike Mather has been looking into the arrest of a man who state troopers say was driving...
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  • Report shows home assessments in Virginia Beach are up

    Posted on: 3:51 pm, February 25, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:11pm, February 25, 2014

    For the first time in six years, most houses in Virginia Beach are worth more than they were last year.
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  • Update: Man arrested in court, accused of threatening witness

    Posted on: 7:27 pm, February 24, 2014, by , updated on: 08:55pm, February 26, 2014

    Update:Erin Allen Robertson has been charged with obstruction of justice after he was accused of threatening to kill his father. ...
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  • Beach Police tried to tie third man to Decker killing

    Posted on: 7:14 pm, February 18, 2014, by

    Virginia Beach, Va. – Around the same time detectives charged Raymond Perry with murder, and months before they charged Kareem...
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  • Family friend launches his own investigation into woman’s cold-case murder

    Posted on: 12:01 am, February 14, 2014, by , updated on: 05:48pm, February 14, 2014

    Frustrated that Virginia Beach police haven’t solved a cold-case murder in 10 years, a father has launched his own investigation into who took his daughter’s life.
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  • Driver says part of HRBT ceiling hit his truck

    Posted on: 7:03 pm, February 12, 2014, by

    A Chesapeake driver on the way home from a Peninsula appointment Tuesday said something tumbled from the tunnel ceiling, striking...
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  • Man whose murder charges were dropped sues police detective

    Posted on: 5:59 pm, February 11, 2014, by

    A man who was charged with a cold-case murder on evidence so scant prosecutors wouldn't take the case is suing the Norfolk police detective who interrogated and charged him.
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