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Mike Gooding

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Mike has worked at WVEC since 1985, as an assignment editor, show producer, sports and news anchor, general assignment reporter and photographer.

He has traveled extensively throughout the world to report on military affairs, visiting 19 countries and reporting from war zones four times, including Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2001), and Iraq (2003 and 2004).

Mike won the Virginia Association of Broadcasters’ 2013 George A. Bowles Jr. Award for Distinguished Performance in Broadcast News.

Mike won a Regional Emmy from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for News Special, "BRAC Battle: Target Hampton Roads" (2006); and Emmy nominations for: Documentary "Stretched Too Thin" (U.S. Air Force Operations in Saudi Arabia-1999); Public Affairs Program "The Healing Journey (U.S. Army search for M.I.A. remains in Vietnam-2000); Public Affairs Program, "20th Annual Navy Christmas" (2006); and Documentary-Topical "Navy Christmas at Home and Abroad" (2007).

He won the 2007 Virginia Associated Press Meritorious Award for Outstanding Effort by an Individual Reporter at a Television Station for his half-hour special, "Final Flight of the F-14."

He won the 2006 Virginia Associated Press award for Outstanding Effort by an Individual Reporter at a Television Station for his series "Gitmo: An Inside Look" which examined how War on Terrorism detainees are classified and treated at Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Mike has covered 14 sessions of the Virginia General Assembly, six governors, five national political conventions, five Virginia Gubernatorial inaugurations, two Presidential inaugurations, and the impeachment and trial of President Bill Clinton. He has also served twice as President of the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association.

He received a co-starring credit in the documentary "A Perfect Candidate," the story of the 1994 U.S. Senate campaign of Oliver North; and he broke the speed of sound in 2007, pulling 5.8 G’s and going Mach 1.1 while flying with the Navy’s Blue Angels.

Mike is a native of Rhode Island, a 1977 graduate of Annandale High School in Fairfax, VA, and a 1985 graduate of Old Dominion University, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Mace & Crown. He also attended George Mason University (1979). He and his wife Donna live in Virginia Beach, and they have two children.