Assignment Desk Editor / Digital Content Producer / Traffic Reporter
Rachel Vadaj is an Assignment Desk Editor, Digital Content Producer, Traffic 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.
All students, faculty, staff, administrators, and visitors will be required to sign a pledge to “to affirm their understanding of what is needed to help fight the spread of the virus and their intention to do their part."
Nine Ohio dance studios filed a class-action lawsuit in the Lake County Common Pleas Court on Monday seeking monetary compensation for their closures and restricted and limited operations amid the pandemic.
The State Board of Education shared a draft of their Reset & Restart-Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts, which provides a framework for what the 2020-2021 academic year could look like.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported 92,920 people filed for unemployment last week (April 19-25) to the U.S. Department of Labor, which is brings the total of unemployment claims filed in Ohio over the last six weeks to 1,057,486.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled bobbleheads of four U.S. Governors who they believe have been instrumental in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.One of those four was Ohio’s own Gov. Mike DeWine.
The IRS said Social Security recipients who do not list their dependents by the noon on Wednesday will still automatically receive $1200, but will not be able to receive the additional $500 per dependent until next year with a return filing for tax year 2020.