Dakota Simon joined the News 18 team in September 2017
Dakota Simon joined the News 18 team in September 2017. He was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana.
He is a graduate of Purdue University where he graduated with a degree in Professional Writing and Mass Communication. He was also a part of the varsity baseball team while on campus.
While at Purdue, he was a sports reporter and anchor on Fast Track Live, Purdue's weekly student-run TV news show.
Dakota interned with the Gary SouthShore Railcats, where he ran the team's social media accounts and worked with the nightly broadcast team, before joining News 18.
He is passionate about telling news and sports stories.
A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Dakota has been attending games at Wrigley Field since the age of three. His greatest sports memory was watching the Cubs winning the World Series in 2016.
Dakota is blessed to work in a market that showcases the university he loves every day, and is always open to new story ideas from the Greater Lafayette area!