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

Willoughby police are asking for help after several shoplifting incidents

2nd Ohio federal inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 dies

Greater Cleveland’s Winking Lizard to go ‘old school’ and serve ribs from the grill Saturday, April 4

Museum of Natural History offering ‘Scientist Saturdays’

Federal inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 dies while in prison in Ohio

Hand washing stations for the homeless appear in Cleveland to curb COVID-19

Summit Metro Parks limits access to some of parks most popular spots to improve social distancing

Ohio Attorney General Yost wants police cadets and retirees on the road in Ohio

  Gov. Mike DeWine calls President to get action on hospital masks

City of Cleveland records first COVID-19 death

  Cleveland Hope Exchange gives out more than 28,000 lbs of food at Journey Church

Cleveland gas station offering 1986 prices for gasoline

Summit County confirmed COVID-19 cases rises to 86, claims lives of 5

The City of Avon Lake now has 11 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19

North Ridgeville drive-in opening postponed by COVID-19

Job description for North Olmsted Police Department requires flexibility during these ‘unprecedented times’

Waiting to clean your garden can benefit your yard according to the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District

I-77 shut down both directions at Ghent Road in Akron

Lakewood man inspires during COVID-19 pandemic with one-man parades and signs of hope

23-year-old shot dead by boyfriend, Lorain police say

Akron RubberDucks’ season postponed until at least May 10

E-Scooters disappearing from Cleveland

  Video: First Pitch not postponed at Brookdale Westlake Village

Police seek help in 9-year-old missing person case

‘Twisted prank’ costs Pa. grocery store $35,000 after woman intentionally contaminates food

Cleveland Project Runway designer Valerie Mayen turns her talents to making facemasks

Wright-Patterson announces first COVID-19 case

Vermilion bar offers roll of toilet paper with every to-go order

Concerns about COVID-19 has Oriana House taking ‘proactive steps’

Summit County Sheriff’s Office warns public about possible Netflix scam