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

  Cleveland Chief of Police has an ask for the city: Let your officers know you appreciate the work they do

  Orchid Mania at Cleveland Botanical Gardens will feature 4,000 flowers during its 45 day run

Orchid Mania 2020

  APL: 111 living cats and 3 dead cats found inside a home on Cleveland’s East Side

  100 cats in ‘poor condition’ removed from home on Cleveland’s East Side

Endangered rhino space about to double for summer season at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks rhinos

Meijer bringing 600 jobs to Northeast Ohio

Two people shot Saturday night in Clark Fulton neighborhood

Owl HOOT-enanny

Snowman sculpture at Cleveland Museum of Art

  Lumen Tower in Playhouse Square is one step closer to completion

Man shot in leg in Cleveland overnight

  SWAT called to Cleveland home after armed male barricades himself inside

Wrong-way driver causes fatal crash in Ottawa County

  Homeowner of Parma Heights home identified as victim of explosion

Eastlake Police looking for suspect in theft of Christmas star

  Cleveland church needs fire security updates to house homeless

  Cleveland Jewish Heritage Museum opens Christmas Day to benefit area food banks

Christmas Eve crash on I-480 takes the life of 35-year-old woman

Medina Deputies use drone technology to find suspect who accelerated towards an officer

  Could Football weather in late December be any better? Well, not in Cleveland anyway.

Euclid City School Board puts emergency levy on March ballet

  Cleveland law firm pays $5,000 for layaways, has toys delivered in time for Christmas

  Caramel dipped, chocolate apples—it’s what’s for Christmas

Cavotta's Christmas tree farm and chocolate apple destination

  Cleveland’s toboggan chutes are the highest in Ohio

Akron man who posed as school resource officer approved for early release

City of Lakewood bans use of cellphones while driving

Terrelle Pryor arrested and charged with simple assault after being stabbed Friday night