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

Fatal crash in Seneca County claims the life of motorcyclist

Missing teen listed as ‘endangered’ by Cleveland Police

Akron man dies after being shot in his living room

Lake County Sheriff apprehends suspect in rash of breaking and entering incidents

  Sunny Side Up: Should students who owe a lunch debt be banned from class trips and after school activities?

  17-year-old girl shot and killed, found in front seat of car in Lorain

All Madison Local Schools closed, authorities call it an ‘abundance of caution’

Commuter Cast for Friday, Oct. 18

Firefighters battle early morning blaze in Cleveland

  Child found wandering alone in the cold will be turned over to children services, Cleveland police say

  Cuyahoga County officials discuss vision for lakefront

Dog abandoned, left tied to trash can in Middleburg Heights cemetery

  Sunny Side Up: Do you think non-smoking employees should get additional time off?

Commuter Cast for Thursday, Oct. 17

  3,800 in Cuyahoga County wake up to no power this morning

  Parma mailman alerts fire department to dog trapped in smokey home

Update: Commuter Cast for Wednesday, Oct. 16

Wooster City School delayed two hours today, Wednesday, Oct. 16

Geauga County Sheriff arranges drug deal from Lakewood woman

  Cleveland Police: 6-year-old girl dies after getting shot in the head while she was sleeping during drive-by

  The search for a gunman that killed a sleeping 6-year-old continues in Cleveland

  Cleveland Police: 6-year-old girl dies after getting shot in the head while she was sleeping during drive-by

Intoxicated Summit County driver in deadly crash sentenced to 8 years in prison

  Sunny Side Up: A man charged with capital murder found a loophole to get his ankle monitor off by not paying for it. It took two weeks for police to track the suspected killer down.

  Sunny Side Up: Universal Studios fires an employee who was caught making an upside down ‘OK’ symbol in a picture with a 6-year-old girl.

Halloween tours Oct. 18 & 19 on Cleveland’s submarine, the USS Cod

Commuter Cast for Thursday, Oct. 3

  Cleveland police body cameras caught the moments gunfire erupted in the Forest Hills neighborhood

  $10,000 reward offered in quadruple homicide case of 4 victims found in abandoned Cleveland home