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

  • RAW AUDIO: Norfolk Police interrogation of Dahson Iraldo

    Posted on: 5:12 pm, February 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:46pm, February 11, 2014

    RAW AUDIO: Norfolk Police interrogation of Dahson Iraldo
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  • Cold-case murder charges often dropped, reduced

    Posted on: 5:44 pm, February 10, 2014, by

    A NewsChannel 3 investigation reveals that roughly a third of all cold-case murder charges filed in Hampton Roads in the past decade were later dropped, dismissed, or reduced to something else.
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  • NewsChannel 3 Investigation: What happens after cold case murder arrests?

    Posted on: 7:09 pm, February 7, 2014, by , updated on: 03:39pm, February 10, 2014

    When police solve a long-cold murder, there’s reason for celebration. They’re the toughest cases to crack and a cold-case arrest...
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  • Pilot’s widow launches flight scholarship to honor husband

    Posted on: 6:09 pm, February 3, 2014, by , updated on: 07:04pm, February 3, 2014

    It didn’t take Amber long to notice the handsome grad student. “When I first met him, he was definitely someone...
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  • Snow storm cuts Tangier Island off from the rest of the world

    Posted on: 7:07 pm, January 31, 2014, by , updated on: 07:47am, February 1, 2014

    Two words describe this week’s weather on Tangier Island:  “Brutal, cold,” said one resident. The same storm that iced our...
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  • Building ‘Mt.Snowmore’ costing Norfolk taxpayers thousands per day

    Posted on: 4:27 pm, January 30, 2014, by , updated on: 07:08pm, January 30, 2014

    The machines shove and scoop, coordinated like a metallic ballet. They dart back and forth as a queue of cars snakes through.
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  • Senior Chief Navy Diver demoted after deaths of two sailors during training

    Posted on: 6:59 pm, January 20, 2014, by and

    Senior Chief Navy Diver James Burger was found guilty of negligent dereliction of duty for his role in the dive...
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  • Team Coverage: F/A-18E crashes just one week after fatal helo crash

    Posted on: 5:51 pm, January 15, 2014, by and , updated on: 09:13pm, January 15, 2014

    Some of the nation’s best pilots fly in the military and typically, they log thousands of flight hours with no...
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  • Team Coverage: Mike Mather reports live from airplane over scene of fatal Navy helo crash

    Posted on: 11:53 pm, January 8, 2014, by , updated on: 12:31am, January 9, 2014

    While ships staked out a search area about 18 miles off the Virginia Beach coast, a swarm of helicopters and...
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  • Johnathan Montgomery granted Writ of Actual Innocence

    Posted on: 11:39 am, December 20, 2013, by and , updated on: 07:08pm, December 20, 2013

    Johnathan Montgomery, the man falsely accused of sexual assault, has received his writ of innocence. So, whats next? NewsChannel 3...
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  • Feds launch investigation into lasers distracting military planes at Naval Station Norfolk

    Posted on: 5:44 pm, December 19, 2013, by , updated on: 07:29am, December 20, 2013

    Oceana jet pilots endured a rash of lasers shining into their aircraft a couple years ago. But NewsChannel 3 has...
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  • Second woman arrested for child porn crimes involving her child

    Posted on: 6:02 pm, December 17, 2013, by and , updated on: 06:07pm, December 17, 2013

    A second local woman has been arrested for offering her toddler daughter to men for vile sex acts, according to federal court files now public.
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