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

Akron Police investigating sudden deaths of 43-year-old man and young daughter found in driveway as homicides

1,277 new COVID-19 cases, at least 21 more deaths reported in Ohio over last 24 hours

Cleveland had 22 total shootings, 3 homicides, 1 stabbing, and 1 hit-skip over Fourth of July weekend

968 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ohio over last 24 hours

926 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ohio over last 24 hours

The Ohio State University requiring students and staff to wear face masks for fall semester

Amber Alert canceled for 1-year-old girl abducted from mother in Youngstown, Ohio area

VP Pence unveils electric Endurance truck at Lordstown Motors plant; 14,000 preorders already made

9 Ohio dance studios sue state leaders over closures and restrictions amid coronavius crisis

2,557 coronavirus deaths reported in Ohio, at least 41,148 cases statewide

Possible road rage leads to 6-month-old baby, female getting shot in their car in Cleveland

2,554 coronavirus deaths reported in Ohio, at least 40,848 cases statewide

Push to ban Confederate flag from local, county fairs fails in marathon session in Ohio Statehouse

Berea restaurant posts ‘our staff will not be wearing masks’ sign on door amid coronavirus crisis

Cleveland Police cruisers set on fire, objects thrown at officers, vandalism continues during George Floyd protests downtown

Ohio Statehouse windows smashed by George Floyd protesters in Columbus (video)

Here’s what’s reopening in Ohio on Tuesday

Ohio State Board of Education gives glimpse of what schools could look like this fall

Staying Connected program provides daily call check-in for Ohioans 60 and older

Ohio gyms sue health department for continuing to enforce closure during coronavirus crisis

Gov. DeWine hopes to announce when pools, summer activities can reopen and resume on Thursday

Coronavirus crisis: more Ohioans filed for unemployment in last 7 weeks than last 3 years

Cedar Point discusses potential changes to reopen park for 2020 season

Masks creating communication challenges for deaf community amid coronavirus crisis

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services asking businesses to report employees who refuse to go to work

Coronavirus crisis: fewer than 100,000 Ohioans filed for unemployment last week for first time in 6 weeks

Gov. DeWine gets own bobblehead for being ‘instrumental in fight against coronavirus pandemic’

Social Security recipients must register dependent children by noon to receive additional funds on stimulus check

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