Dakota Simon

Dakota Simon joined the News 18 team in September 2017

Title: Multi-platform Journalist.

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!

Recent Posts by Dakota Simon

Purdue men's cross country wins Great Lakes Regional

The Purdue men's cross country team made history as the first Boilermaker team to win the NCAA Great Lakes Regional title.

Indiana tops Northwestern 34-3, improves to 7-2 in 2019

With a 7-2 record following Saturday night's 34-3 nationally-televised win over Northwestern, the Hoosiers are making their move.

Hamels gets a no-decision against Phillies, Cubs win 8-4

Cole Hamels wasn’t sharp. The Chicago Cubs compensated with power and a solid bullpen effort.

Errors, strikeouts burn Purdue baseball in game 2 loss to Michigan State

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.

Red Sox get 10 straight hits in 9-run 3rd, rout ChiSox 15-2

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.

Orioles hit 4 HRs off Nova, beat White Sox 9-1 to end skid

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.

5-run first inning propels Northwestern over Purdue

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.

Schwarber, Cubs beat Pirates 10-0 in Wrigley opener

First, Brad Brach escaped a tough situation. Then Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario and Pedro Strop finished the job.

Virginia tops Edwards, Purdue in OT to reach Final Four

From embarrassment to exhilaration. From early exit to regional champ. From bracket busters to net cutters.

Wilhoit, Purdue claim series with 2-1 win over Iowa

The Purdue softball team sealed its first Big Ten series of the season with a split Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Bittinger Stadium.

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