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

Double fatal crash near Marblehead under investigation

Geauga County K9 is safer now in part to a charitable donation

Maria’s field of sunflowers near Cedar Point is starting to bloom

Methamphetamine, opiates and drug paraphernalia seized in Medina

The 13th Annual Circle K Charity Golf Open raises $500,000 for area charities

  Cleveland Orchestra to perform Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman at Severance Hall

The Cleveland Orchestra performs Batman

  The Porchlight Project wants to solve 32 year old murder of Garfield Heights teenager

  Wave of new murals in Cleveland inspired by poets and authors

Mural, 34th and Broadway in Cleveland

Police arrest suspect accused of robbing an online seller at gun point in Garfield Heights

Cleveland mail carrier robbed at gunpoint, police want help identifying suspect

  Sold out Cleveland Ice Cream Crawl is first of its kind

1987 homicide in Cuyahoga Falls remains a mystery, new DNA tests could create profile to find killer

Don’t let someone scam you, know what to look for

Tallmadge police are asking for help identifying female who is suspect in Goodwill purse thefts

  Surveillance video shows burglar in Ohio fall, then fall again, oh, then fall again (video)

  Clumsy burglar breaks into Ohio Dollar General, hilarity ensues (video)

  Kitten rescued from Progressive Field was hiding under condiment table

  Fire on St. Clair damaged vacant apartment building, caught on video by surprised resident relaxing in library (video)

Suspect in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood murder arrested in Charlotte, N.C.

Fallen Valley View police officer is remembered 63 years after he was killed in the line of duty

  Ohio home explodes; racial slurs found on neighbor’s garage

  Live: Rare ‘Corpse Flower’ blooming at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (video)

On National Lighthouse Day, Ohio invites you to enjoy the view (photos)

  Commuter Cast for Wednesday, Aug. 7

  Live: Rare ‘Corpse Flower’ blooming at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (video)

Swensons celebrating 85th year by giving customers chance to win $10 in gift coins

St. Ignatius football players have phones stolen while they practiced

St. Ignatius phone thefts