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

11 ornaments you absolutely must have on your tree for good luck

A million lights decorate one of the nations largest homes, right here in Northeast Ohio (Photos)

More than 400 jolly, joyful tubas expected to perform at 39th annual Tuba Christmas

Saturday is the busiest day of the season to buy your Christmas tree in Northeast Ohio

How to calm the heck down when everyone around you is going insane during the holidays

ODOT wants to hear from you, do you have what it takes to save lives

Browns partners with Lorain City Schools to improve attendance

Cleveland Hilton has created a Christmas room for your kids, or the kid in you

Authorities admit it was a mistake to give out parking tickets at Youngstown State University during lockdown

Secret Service hand delivers letter from president to Ohio 10-year-old with brain tumor

The pink nightmare comes to A Christmas Story House in Tremont

In under an hour you can drive to an Ohio holiday light display that took 2 decades to build (video,photos)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield can’t resist the Phil Collins drum solo during warm-ups

This sundae is modeled after the Sterling-Lindner Christmas tree

Sundae is homage to Cleveland's holiday legacy

Parma Police establish “Safe Exchange Zone”

Florida citrus rolls into Greater Cleveland and brings a brand new tangerine flavor

If you only see one Christmas light display, it should be at this house in Strongsville (video/photos)

Holiday lights at Crown Point Parkway

Thousands show up for Cleveland Winterfest tree lighting