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

100 years ago, Cleveland Indians’ Ray Chapman became the only MLB player to die playing the game

Enjoy the views of Ohio on National Lighthouse Day (photos)

Summer 2020 event and festival cancellations

  Cleveland Police cruisers set on fire, objects thrown at officers, vandalism continues during George Floyd protests downtown

Black Lives Matter Cleveland plans protest downtown Saturday after death of Minneapolis man

Shots fired in Mansfield lead police to man beating woman with firearm

Frontier Airlines announces 18 new routes

Thistledown live racing on track to start soon

It’s not too late to register for food bank drive-thru

Cleveland extends civil emergency through June 30

Cleveland airport parking fees start again June 1

  Fire in Canton destroys ammo supply plant (video)

Amazon Euclid fulfillment center employee tests positive for COVID-19

  102-year-old women born during the Spanish flu pandemic celebrates her 102nd birthday

25 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Cleveland

Amazon North Randall fulfillment center employee with COVID-19 dies

University of Akron releases preliminary plans for fall of 2020

4,000 MetroHealth front-line staff will receive raise during pandemic

Akron police investigating four shootings in one day

Fuel spill after accident closes Jennings Freeway (video)

Cleveland Public Library reopens with COVID-19 strategies in place

Cleveland Police seek help finding missing 13-year-old

Welcome K-9 officer, Valto, to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

  Breach within Ohio Department of Job and Family Services inadvertently exposed private data

Body recovered at Olde River Yacht Club, Cleveland police say

Overturned truck in Sheffield Village shuts down I-90 in both directions

35 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Cleveland

  Can the Cruiser event called ‘more than generous’

25 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Cleveland

  Charity gives away 5,000 boxes of unsold cookies to teachers