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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
  • UPDATE: Prosecutors drop charges against accused NMCP attacker, clear way for court martial

    The knife attack Friday that left a sailor critically wounded and another sailor on the run happened during a fight inside the barracks at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, according to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

  • Councilman Riddick says long-time white officers are ‘still stirring the pot of racism’

    Norfolk’s police chief is scheduled this afternoon to tell city council members his strategy for reducing violent crime.

  • More details revealed about Norfolk rampage shooter in online postings

    As Norfolk officers buried their colleague today, other investigators are digging into the killer’s background. That’s to learn how this happened and to see if what they find out can head off other rampages. James A. Brown was a high-school dropout with a criminal record for attacking a deputy, and for carrying a gun with a high-capacity magazine. He was often unemployed and lived with his mother. Police say the reason behind his violent rampage Friday might be uncovered in […]

  • Norfolk Police Chief briefs City Council on fatal shootings that killed officer, teen

    Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith spoke to the Norfolk City Council on Tuesday afternoon about last Friday's shootings that resulted in the deaths of a Norfolk Police officer, a teenager, and the suspect.

  • Murder case collapses; lawyers reveal cop ‘was assassinated’

    Beach prosecutors on Monday withdrew capital-murder charges against a man indicted for the 2010 robbery and killing of off-duty Norfolk police officer Victor Decker. It’s the second time in two months that Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle has dropped charges in the case because incarcerated witnesses were untruthful. Now no one is facing charges in the officer’s murder. With the case’s gag order lifted, defense lawyers said for the first time police have missed the motive for the killing. It was not, […]

  • Charges withdrawn against remaining defendant in Decker killing

    The Commonwealth decided Monday to quit pursuing all charges against Raymond Lewis Perry, the remaining defendant on trial for killing off-duty Norfolk police officer Victor Decker.

  • Norfolk Police officer, student, and gunman killed in shooting spree

    Norfolk, Va. – A Norfolk police officer and a 17-year-old Norfolk Christian student were killed by a gunman who was later killed by police Friday night. A second police officer, also wounded, could do nothing to save Officer Brian Jones. Jones is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. He was a five-year veteran of the police force. The deadly night began when shots were reported fired in the 8400 block of Chesapeake Boulevard at 10:48 PM. 29-year-old […]

  • 10th-grader admits to murdering parents because they took away iPod

    A smart and talented Norview High School 10th-grader admitted in court today he killed his parents a week before Christmas because he was weary of their seemingly routine punishments, "like my dad taking away my iPod and stuff."

  • Norview High honor student to plead guilty to brutal murder of parents

    Norfolk, Va. – A 16-year-old Norview High School student will plead guilty Wednesday to killing his parents just before Christmas last year. Vincent Tyrell Parker is expected to enter guilty pleas in the murders of Carol T. Parker and Wayne Earl Parker at the family home on Norfolk’s Bland Street. At the time of the crime and for months after, police and prosecutors refused to release the name of the arrested suspect, and they also would not identify what relationship […]

  • U.S. Marshals on the hunt for wanted fugitives

    Devon Brown is a music producer, head of a hip-hop label that started in South Carolina. To police there, he’s a fugitive drug dealer. U.S. Deputy Marshal Tim Alley says his agents got a tip that Brown is possibly staying briefly in Hampton Roads, maybe as he heads up and down the East Coast. “He has family, friends, and a whole host of people he can hang out with here. However, Mr. Brown is CEO of Tragic Beats Records, based […]

  • Autism center in York County facing child abuse allegations

    A child abuse investigation is underway at the New Horizons Center for Autism in York County. Child Protective Services is looking into a report of a non-verbal child at the center who had old, faded bruising. A family member tells NewsChannel 3 that his 12-year-old nephew had a badly bruised eye. He still wants answers about what happened. Initially, CPS just wanted to make sure staff members knew they were supposed to report unexplained bruising, according to the law, so they sent […]

  • UPDATE: Body of driver in Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel accident recovered

    A recovery effort is underway after a tractor trailer crashed into a maintenance truck before jack-knifing and crashing into the Chesapeake Bay Thursday morning.


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