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

Olmsted Township firefighters are on record, they support the Browns

Bratenahl Police Cruiser struck by impaired driver while protecting disabled bus

  1-year-old girl named ‘Queen of Hearts’ during 26th Cleveland Heart Walk

  Power outages leave more than 4,500 customers out of power on city’s west side

Man shot at Cleveland gas station dies in parking lot

Car jacker steals car with 2 year old in car seat, during pursuit hits and kills cyclist

Browns elevate LB Willie Harvey to active roster; Christian Kirkey placed on injured reserve

19 News to air first Saturday morning newscast, starts at 8 a.m.

  The number of illnesses linked to vaping continues to grow, 1 reported in Cuyahoga County

Thousands expected at Sewer District Clean Water Fest Saturday

Sunny Side Up: How many hours before the Browns kick-off should the muni lot be open for tailgating?

Update: 26-year-old shot and killed just before midnight at gas station

Update: I-71 southbound lanes re-open after an early morning accident and fire

Commuter Cast for Friday, Sept. 20

Bond reduced for student accused of bringing gun to an Akron high school

  16-year-old killed in multi-vehicle crash involving stolen car on Cleveland’s West side

Avon police want to ID suspect in credit card theft

  Newburgh Heights missing 15-year-old girl still not found

  Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s grandson scheduled to appear for pre-trial

Power outages closes 4 Bedford schools Thursday; classes will resume Friday

Commuter Cast for Thursday, Sept. 19

Update: I-271 northbound from Macedonia slowing down considerably

Fight between Akron roommates escalates to stabbing

Akron police officer stationed at North High School seizes gun from student

Fatal collision in Medina County takes the life of 57-year-old man

Commuter Cast for Wednesday, Sept. 18

Ohio Department of Health confirms 15 hospitalizations due to vaping related illnesses

Rittman Fire is asking for help, did anyone witness a head on collision on SR-57?