Michael Dakota

Michael Dakota

Digital Content Producer

Cleveland, Ohio

Award winning 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.

He worked as a journalist 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

Asian Lantern Festival returns to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo following record breaking 2018 exhibit (photos)

  Rain is not going to dampen strawberry season at Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland

Patterson Fruit Farm & Strawberry fields

  Onlookers in awe of roaring Chagrin Falls current (video)

  Cleveland’s chocolate maker Malley’s to bring back chocolate covered pickles for Father’s Day

Malley's Chocolates chocolate covered pickles

Five girls walk out with shoes at Famous Footwear in Steelyard Commons, police want to know who they are

Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! is coming to Northeast Ohio

  Mansfield Police looking for suspect who fled CVS with box full of medication

Euclid Police are asking for help identifying two men who robbed Dollar General at gunpoint

You survived Cleveland’s 2019 quake, now you need to let everyone know

  Graffiti HeArt gallery wants to be a destination in Cleveland

  66-year-old cyclist fatally struck in Avon Lake, driver charged after fleeing the scene

Cleveland earthquake shakes ODOT cameras violently (video)

  Only 1/3 of Ohio’s corn is planted thanks to unrelenting rain

  Northeast Ohio residents urged to fill out ‘Felt Report’ following 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Eastlake

Funniest responses to Northeast Ohio’s 4.0 magnitude earthquake

  Cleveland police cruiser involved in head-on collision

  Surprise! Soldier returns from deployment to surprise daughter at Brook Park Memorial School (video)

  Today is National Doughnut Day, do you have a plan?

There are 50-100 bears in Ohio right now, ODNR says

Chris Evans speaks out against group that wants to plan ‘Straight Pride’ event in Boston

Cleveland skyline will shine green and white for Lake Erie College tonight

Terminal Tower

National Doughnut Day is here

  Here’s an inside look at the ongoing Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse renovations

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

  Rescued bobcat is returned to the wild after escaping the jaws of a fox (video)

Perdue recalls 31,703 pounds of meat

Ohio State Troopers seized over $4,000 worth of psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana in Huron County