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

2 killed, including Ohio firefighter in accidental electrocution after crash

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

City of Painesville disbands K9 Unit after state legalizes hemp

Ohio Department of Health confirms 15 hospitalizations due to vaping related illnesses

Tevin Biles-Thomas, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles’ brother, charged in New Year’s Eve triple homicide

Cleveland paramedic races into traffic to save dog’s life

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

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

Sheffield Lake woman faces charges after driving into construction zone with children in car

Cleveland earthquake shakes ODOT cameras violently (video)

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

A sobering PSA has a child telling grown ups how to survive an active shooter

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced the birth of male giraffe

Ohio ranks third in country for dog bite claims

  Brother of Medina man who impersonated missing boy: He’s mentally ill

Ohio’s first Rage Room lets you go full ‘Office Space’ on electronics with a sledgehammer in Parma

Former Cuyahoga Falls guidance counselor sentenced for sexual relationship with a student

Lake Erie is just showing off now after wicked wind creates ice sculptures on the shore (photos)

Wizard of Oz is coming to the big screen, again

South Euclid, OH man dissatisfied with ‘sexual services’ wants his $500 back

Parma goats will devour your Christmas tree, one gleeful bite at a time

Authorities admit it was a mistake to give out parking tickets at Youngstown State University during lockdown

Secret Service hand delivers letter from president to Ohio 10-year-old with brain tumor

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield can’t resist the Phil Collins drum solo during warm-ups

Aldi advent wine calendar is predicted to be wildly popular, available in U.S. for first time