Rachel Vadaj

Rachel Vadaj

Assignment Desk Editor / Digital Content Producer / Traffic Reporter

Cleveland, Ohio

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.

Recent Articles by Rachel

Lyndhurst bans use of reusable shopping bags until 2021 due to coronavirus concerns

Coronavirus crisis: Ohio restaurant industry lost about $698 million in sales, 100,000 jobs in first 22 days of March

Be Counted, Ohio: April 1 is National Census Day

Ohio House introduces bill requiring EMS workers to be notified after treating potentially contagious patient

Walton Hills dog rescued from pond after falling through thin ice

Cleveland Police: Man died after driving away accident and slamming into stopped semi

North Canton City Schools reveal contents found inside purse lost by student in 1957

Mason Rudolph calls Myles Garrett’s allegations of using ‘N-word’ during on-field fight a ‘Bold-Faced Lie’

‘Where is Ohio’ trends on Twitter after German man can’t pinpoint it on map of the US

Lake Catholic High School coach placed on leave after accusations of sexual conduct with student surface

Update: Geauga County foster dog program thankful for support after fire kills 2 puppies

Geauga County foster dog program mourning loss of 2 puppies in fire, in need of donations

Cleveland police officer injured when hit-skip driver rammed into 2 cruisers

No arrests confirmed in Amber Alert hoax where mother lied about 12-year-old boy getting kidnapped in carjacking

17-year-old charged after 17-year-old boy shot dead in the face in Elyria garage

10 animals die after barn at African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, Ohio goes up in flames on Thanksgiving

Homicide investigation underway after 11-year-old boy fatally shot at birthday party in Cleveland

The search for a gunman that killed a sleeping 6-year-old continues in Cleveland

Stark County woman charged after allegedly trying to euthanize her 2 dogs with insulin, killing 1

Lipari Foods issues recall of bulk chicken salads and chicken salad sandwiches over Listeria concerns

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