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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
  • 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.

  • Beach woman given three minutes to change her future

    Katie Anderson sat nervously through 90 minutes of budget squabbles and complaints about tax increases. Looking back at it, she thinks it was probably the worst night to ask the Virginia Beach City Council for a favor. Near the end of the meeting, the mayor gave Katie three minutes to change her future. To do that, she had to tell them about her past. “I took my mother’s car without permission and she called the Virginia Beach Police Department,” she […]

  • UPDATE: Beach city council picks United States Management arena proposal

    The city council is hearing right now that a sports arena will cost taxpayers about 190 million dollars. Or the city could get the same arena for no money. It sounds like a no-brainer, but that free option does have a catch.

  • It’ll soon cost you more to live in Virginia Beach

    The Oceanfront's modern parking meters take credit cards and, of course, coins, lots of coins. One guy brought a coin jar to enjoy a beach afternoon.

  • Mahan sentry tried to shoot intruder, couldn’t disengage gun’s safety

    A watchstander on the destroyer Mahan raised her pistol to intruder Jeffrey Savage, but could not disengage the gun's safety.

  • “Spice” use only clue so far in trucker’s Navy-base attack

    Federal sources are telling NewsChannel 3 they’ve uncovered no connection between trucker Jeffrey Savage and the Navy destroyer he stormed aboard, or any member of the crew, more than a month after the mysterious attack that left two dead. But interviews with Savage’s friends and family revealed the truck driver was agitated, stressed and worried about his work. Sources tell NewsChannel 3 Savage had been smoking both pot and “spice” in the days leading up to the attack. “Spice” is […]

  • Sources: Truck driver who penetrated Navy security, killed sailor was simply waved past gate

    Several federal sources are telling NewsChannel 3 the truck driver who motored past Norfolk Navy Base security and killed a sailor aboard the destroyer Mahan was waved through the checkpoint because of a misunderstanding.


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