Rachel Vadaj

Rachel Vadaj

Assignment Desk Editor

Cleveland, Ohio

Rachel Vadaj is an Assignment Desk Editor, Web Producer and occasional Field Producer for Cleveland 19. 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 Cleveland 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. Rachel was also a reporter for a local high school football television show in Cleveland.

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

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