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.
Cantrell 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!
Cole Hamels wasn’t sharp. The Chicago Cubs compensated with power and a solid bullpen effort.
Purdue baseball committed four errors over the first four innings and struck out 11 times, a season-high total at home, losing the middle game of its series with Michigan State 5-1 Saturday at Alexander Field.
The Boston Red Sox strung together 10 straight hits against White Sox left-hander Manny Bañuelos, ending one hit shy of the major league record during a nine-run third inning in a 15-2 rout of Chicago on Saturday night.
Dwight Smith Jr. hit a three-run homer, one of four long balls off Iván Nova, and the Baltimore Orioles overpowered the Chicago White Sox 9-1 Tuesday night to end a four-game losing streak.
Senior Maddie Damon pitched one of her best outings this season, but the early Northwestern spurt was too much to overcome as Purdue softball fell to the Wildcats 8-2 on Saturday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field.
First, Brad Brach escaped a tough situation. Then Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario and Pedro Strop finished the job.
From embarrassment to exhilaration. From early exit to regional champ. From bracket busters to net cutters.
The Purdue softball team sealed its first Big Ten series of the season with a split Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Bittinger Stadium.
Purdue junior Ae'Rianna Harris joined an elite historical group Monday, repeating as the 2019 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
In a game that was a battle big innings, No. 21 Southern Miss took control of the contest with a five-run bottom of the sixth that led to 12 unanswered runs, defeating Purdue baseball 16-7 Sunday in the finale of the season-opening series.