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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
  • Tax issue could ground Pungo’s vintage warbirds

    A request for a tax exemption for a private collection of rare airplanes has stirred controversy in Virginia Beach City Hall and in the quiet Pungo neighborhoods where the collection is displayed.

  • Mom of former SEAL trainee convicted of murder hopes film will free son

    The mother of a former Navy SEAL trainee whose murder conviction has vexed several judges says she hopes a documentary about the case will lead to a pardon. “My son has served 19 years in prison for a crime he did not commit,” said Linda Summitt. “And he needs to come home.” The documentary, “Target of Opportunity,” is scheduled for a 7 p.m. showing at the Naro on Norfolk’s Colley Avenue Thursday. It explores the case of Dusty Turner whose murder […]

  • Beach’s top earners get pay raises in addition to high-dollar yearly perks

    A phased-in, two percent pay raise for all full-time Virginia Beach employees is also going to the city's highest earners, administrators who make more than six figures.

  • Norfolk Police looking for answers in deadly shooting

    Police went looking for two men early this morning seen on Middle Avenue. That happened after a neighbor called police around 2 to say she saw a couple of suspicious people getting into a car. Police gave us surveillance images of the people they're looking for.

  • 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."


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