Michael Dakota

Michael Dakota

Digital Content Producer

Cleveland, Ohio

Emmy nominated photographer Michael K. Dakota joined Cleveland 19 News in March of 2018 after 30 years as a still photographer in the newspaper industry.

He was born and raised in Barberton, Ohio.

Dakota left the state after graduating from Kent State University in 1989.

Dakota has worked as a photojournalist in Louisiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Dakota has photographed alligator hunters in the bayou, been chased by bison in Kansas, flown in a KC-135 Stratotanker while refueling the Air Force Thunderbirds and has had the opportunity to photograph every American President since Ronald Reagan.

In his free time Dakota loves to visit lighthouses.

To date he has visited 154 lighthouses in the United States and Canada. He hopes to one day publish a picture book of the sentinels he has photographed.

Recent Articles by Michael

Cavotta's Christmas tree farm and chocolate apple destination

  Cleveland’s toboggan chutes are the highest in Ohio

Akron man who posed as school resource officer approved for early release

City of Lakewood bans use of cellphones while driving

Terrelle Pryor arrested and charged with simple assault after being stabbed Friday night

Gunfight inside Summit County apartment sends 2 to the hospital

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens seen wearing ‘Pittsburgh Started It’ T-shirt

26-year-old woman dies in Erie County crash Tuesday morning

  'Live Bodies for Sale’ tells true story of 5 Cleveland-area women trapped and trafficked for sex

Hepatitis A potentially linked to fresh blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

Akron Zoo’s new lion pride ready to debut

  Fight at Wadsworth High School stopped by school resource officer

Akron police have to use force to remove student from school

Suspect in armed robbery wanted by Cleveland police

  Trial for North Royalton police officer goes forward, attorneys for officer want video thrown out

59-year-old Cleveland man killed on the city’s east side

  11-year-old boy in critical condition following near drowning at Cleveland hotel

The EEOC rules the City of Cleveland Fire Department has discriminated against black, Hispanic and female applicants

  UPDATE: Four people hit on Lawn Avenue in Cleveland during drive-by shooting

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo free on Thanksgiving Day

Clevelanders, do you know how to avoid crowds during Thanksgiving week?

Bigfoot spotted in Ravenna home listing photos

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad ‘Dinner on a Train’ returns for 2020 season

Cleveland police ask for public’s help after woman is victim of hit-skip

  Cleveland Police on the hunt for cold blooded killer who shot 18 year old in his own home

  Akron man firing shots into car, injuring man and 15-year-old boy, leads to officer-involved shooting

18 year old killed, suspect entered his home and shot him

Cleveland Police open homicide investigation after West Side argument turns deadly

  Arctic air has us in its sights, Cleveland should expect the mid 30s

Willoughby Police want to identify two females