Rachel Vadaj

Rachel Vadaj

Assignment Desk Editor / Digital Content Producer

Cleveland, Ohio

Rachel Vadaj is an Assignment Desk Editor, Digital Content Producer, Friday Night Under the Lights Reporter and Cleveland Now host for 19 News. Hailing from Concord, Ohio but a born and raised Clevelander, she is ecstatic to report in her hometown and dream city.

Prior to joining the 19 News team, Rachel graduated from John Carroll University in 2017 with Cum Laude honors and as a member of the National Communications Honor Society Lambda Pi Eta, and the National Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu.

At college, she was a Reporter, Host, Entertainment Producer, the first female Sports Director/Producer and the first female President of the campus news organization, JCTV.

Outside of the studio, she was a multiple-award winning journalist for Odyssey and the student newspaper The Carroll News.

Rachel believes in hard hitting, soul searching, truth telling reporting that finds the untold facts, seeks to bring justice, and spotlights the everyday heroes in our world. This is why she sets forth to find and tell the "Google-Proof" that you can't find anywhere else, because it has never before been told by anyone else.

Aside from reporting, Rachel’s other love is for dance. Her first job was as a ballerina for Ballet San Jose’s The Nutcracker before dancing with the Radio City Rockettes for three years at Radio City Music Hall. Rachel took her dance career’s final bow as the Captain of the John Carroll University Dance Team.

As a passionate animal advocate, Rachel is creating a foundation called Rachel's Rescues that will promote the care, safety, and protection of all companion animals, and especially the adoption of companion pets by working with animal advocate groups, shelters, and humane societies.

Recent Articles by Rachel

The Cars frontman, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ric Ocasek dead at 75

Despite popular phrase, Ohio police say there are still laws when drinking White Claws

Akron Police arrest daughter of shoplifter who unleashed her dogs on grocery store employee

7th grade boy donates $15,000 earnings from Huron County Fair to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

New Middletown Police arrest 20-year-old man who allegedly threatened Jewish community

Plane carrying 153 passengers lands safely at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after smoke fills cockpit

Good Samaritans caught on camera picking up trash on side of Dayton highway while president’s visit closed roads

Sandusky woman arrested for driving with BAC over 2.5x the legal limit with toddler in the backseat

Inspectors at Ohio State Fair shut down 5 rides — 1 permanently — after finding corrosion

Cleveland man in custody after allegedly tying his children’s mother and her sister up with tape, stabbing and burning them

Undocumented immigrant arrested on jet ski near Port Clinton, turned over to ICE

Cleveland man, woman drive up to motorcycle crash scene and steal victim’s wallet

Reports: Charming Charlie closing all 261 stores after filing bankruptcy

UPDATE: 2 children and woman murdered in Slavic Village home near field where man was gunned down; community in shock

Baby formula sold at Walmart recalled nationwide for potentially containing metal

‘Old Town Road’ rapper Lil Nas X surprises Mayfield elementary students with performance

Ohio man dies after private plane crashes in Geauga County

Mother, daughter spend hours fixing American flags blown away from storm at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

22-year-old woman dies running 42nd annual Cleveland Marathon; cause of death still unknown

Sandusky in the works of building 12-mile boardwalk, bike path that spans city’s waterfront

Amber Alert cancelled: 2-month-old baby found safe after being abducted from Warren

  Severe weather causes widespread storm damage throughout Northeast Ohio, multiple people hospitalized

Ohio declares shelter pet as official state pet to encourage adopting animals from shelters

Governor Mike DeWine orders flags flown at half-staff for Ohio soldier killed in Afghanistan

Michigan couple accused of having sex in Kalahari hot tub

Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association files appeal to overturn firing of officer who shot Tamir Rice

Ashtabula Highway Patrol trooper dies following complications after giving birth

Baker Mayfield and Tom Brady trade jabs in iconic Super Bowl commercial commemorating NFL’s 100th season

’Bengals Got Ran Over by a Baker’ | Children turn another Christmas classic into Cleveland Browns anthem

Cuyahoga Medical Examiner id’s body pulled from Lake Erie