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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’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
  • Navy wife admits stealing from Navy SEAL Foundation

    Virginia Beach, Va. – A Navy wife is admitting she stole from the Navy SEAL Foundation when she worked there handling payments, but her lawyer is keeping the details of the crime secret. Tammy Marie Mason will be sentenced for embezzlement next month. Her court file discloses only that she stole more than $200 from the charity that benefits the families of fallen Navy SEALs. A document outlining the facts of the crime has been sealed at the defense attorney’s […]

  • As prisoner, McDonnell will earn 40 cents an hour

    Richmond, Va. – At Petersburg Federal Correctional Institute, former Gov. Bob McDonnell will don a khaki shirt and khaki pants and earn a maximum of 40 cents an hour. That’s the prison the governor has requested, if his appeal fails. According to the facility’s prisoner handbook and a spokesman, McDonnell would live in dormitory-style housing, and get no special treatment. He would be required to have a job such as landscaping, food-service or cleaning. He would get a chance to […]

  • Judge lowers sentencing guidelines for Bob McDonnell

    UPDATE: Judge James Spencer has reduced the sentencing guidelines for Bob McDonnell based on calculation of loss amount and the elimination of an Obstruction of Justice enhancement. The guidelines are now 6.5 to 8 years instead of the original 10 to 12 years.  Spencer ruled that the value of the gifts McDonnell received was between $97,000-121,000. That would equate to about 78-97 months behind bars based on federal sentencing guidelines. Judge ruled that McDonnells gift value is around 97-121 thousand dollars. […]

  • Wife of man charged with 1990 Virginia Beach murder: “You can’t do something like that and be this amazing father and husband”

    Christmas is Karen Malick's favorite holiday. But not this year. This year, her family is fractured.

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    Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s son charged with DWI in Virginia Beach

    Virginia Beach police have charged one of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s sons with DUI after an early-morning traffic stop in Sandbridge.

  • Animal Advisory Board wants tougher laws on breeding in Norfolk

    Norfolk, Va. – Jean Linman leads a city-appointed group of animal welfare experts. The Animal Advisory Board was created by City Council to guide the members and make recommendations. The board urged tougher laws on breeding, and an ordinance to prohibit dogs from being tied up and left alone. They weighed in on spaying and neutering and feral cat colonies. The board also suggested changing the names of job titles and city buildings to make them sound more friendly. In […]

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    Family of man killed in 2013 Norfolk Police shooting settles lawsuit against city; Surveillance footage released

    A lawyer’s office representing the family of Joshua “Omar” Johnson, shot to death by Norfolk Police in a Ghent bank drive-through, says the lawsuit against the city has been settled.

  • Virginia Beach is now home to an award-winning landfill

    In a city that boasts about its beautiful beaches, Linda Minner was given the job of making a trash heap something to brag about.

  • Civilian engineer accused of trying to sell military secrets to Egyptian government appears in court

    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 into a waiting van. A judge deemed him too dangerous to release. At the same time, his wife and mother-in-law, along […]

  • Court documents reveal more info on Virginia Beach bank robbery suspects

    The bank robbers who on Friday terrorized Wells Fargo tellers and put a nearby neighborhood on a panicky lockdown initially escaped with more than $34,000, according to police records made public Tuesday.

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    Warrant: Surry Co. Commonwealth’s Attorney, charged with DUI, given six field sobriety tests, “failed them completely.”

    James City County, Va. – Police arrested Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Glen Poindexter Saturday, charging him with driving under the influence. James City County Police say they were initially called around 3:40 p.m. for a car accident involving an intoxicated driver. The accident took place at the Jamestown Ferry Dock on the Surry side of the James River Ferry. Investigators report that Poindexter’s car struck a curb while loading onto the ferry.  Employees of the ferry tried to stop […]

  • Students want more done about sexual assault cases at UVa.

    A Rolling Stone article sparked weekend protests at UVa, as administrators closed all fraternities for the rest of the year. This is our opportunity as individuals, as students, and as a community at large to rise up and say, `Enough.` At the same time, student journalists at UVa released an unedited interview with the associate dean in charge of the sexual misconduct board. In that interview, Nicole Eramo concedes the university routinely expels students for cheating, but doesn’t expel students […]

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