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!
Purdue kicker Spencer Evans waited impatiently for a second chance.
"You know I cried, I cried like a baby when I heard what Jalen had to overcome." - Lafayette Jeff head football coach Pat Shanley
Kyle Adams has thrown for 1,014 yards and 14 touchdowns through four games in 2018. The junior quarterback averages 287.5 total yards per game.
The big story on Ninth Street in 2018 is that the Knights officially start year one under new head coach Brian Nay this Friday when the Knights take on Tri-West at LaRocca Field.
Sam Zachery and the Cavaliers are looking to build off their record breaking 2017 season.
The North White football program is headed into its second season without Indiana Football Hall of Famer Jim Davis
Larry Clisby has been on the sidelines broadcasting Purdue basketball games for more than four decades. He cherishes the support he's received in recent weeks.
Seeger is seeking its first winning season since 2010
Gene Keady, Robbie Hummel, Jajuan Johnson headline former stars that participated in the 2018 game.
Mattingly wins city tournament 4&3 on his 30th birthday