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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 an 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).
He earned 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); Documentary-Topical "Navy Christmas at Home and Abroad" (2007); and News Special "Sequestration: Finding our Future" (2014).

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, five national political conventions, six Virginia Gubernatorial inaugurations and two Presidential inaugurations.. He has also served twice as President of the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association.

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 and his wife Donna live in Virginia Beach, and they have two children.