Michael Dakota

Award winning 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. He worked as a journalist 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

  Legal fights launched over Trump’s national emergency declaration

9 couples get married during Crocker Park’s inaugural Valentine’s Day ‘I do’ ceremonies

Crocker Park couples get married on Valentine's Day

Westlake brewer creates new hard seltzer reminiscent of 1990s Zima

Valentine’s Day getaways, what a woman wants, and everyone else too

South Euclid Police respond to man stuffing chocolate bar in woman’s gas tank

Cleveland fire, U.S. Coast Guard hold ice surface rescue training in bitter cold, wind advisory

Ice water rescue training saves lives

Willoughby Police send out warnings, last year Americans lost $143 million to romance scams

Old flavors, seltzer beer coming back

30,000 quills: Akron Zoo’s porcupine trained to stand up for safer vet visits (video)

Barberton Police Officer remains in hospital after being shot

Ashtabula man pleads not guilty to murdering his estranged wife

Rudy’s Strudel in Parma announces collaboration with Sweet Moses to create new Paczki flavor

Amherst home struck with gunfire

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad dining cars may be hottest ticket in Cleveland

Saying ‘I do’ on Valentine’s Day will only cost you $50 at Crocker Park in Westlake

North Ridgeville man builds 28 foot ice tower on front lawn with lights

Woman, 3 children killed in Akron house fire identified; neighbor describes somber scene

Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is a holiday Cleveland can get behind