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

Northeast Ohio doctor pleads guilty to federal charges for allegedly coercing 4 young girls to perform sex acts

Browns WR Rashard Higgins and OT Jedrick Wills Jr. cited for drag racing by Westlake Police

Ohio State heads to National Championship after sweet 49-28 victory over Clemson in Sugar Bowl

Dashcam video shows Ohio Highway Patrol pursuit after driver of stolen car leaves puppy and drugs behind

New York Times: Cleveland Indians to change team name after 105 years

14-year-old boy dies after being struck by train in Lorain County

Amber Alert canceled for 4-year-old East Central Ohio girl, ‘armed and dangerous’ biological father still wanted

Welcome to the world! Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announces birth of giraffe calf

Cavaliers get fifth overall pick in 2020 NBA Draft

‘Get better tires for far less!‘: President Donald Trump calls for boycott of Goodyear after company policy calls ‘MAGA’ attire ‘unacceptable’

Pilot and 16-year-old passenger escape unharmed after plane crashes in Mansfield cornfield

Total COVID-19 cases reported in Ohio surpasses 100,000

16 new deaths, an additional 1,294 COVID-19 cases reported over the last 24 hours in Ohio

President Trump visits northern Ohio to tour Whirlpool plant, host Bratenahl fundraising event

US Coast Guard rescues 4 from Lake Erie after boat fire near Mentor

14 new deaths, an additional 944 COVID-19 cases reported over the last 24 hours in Ohio

26 new deaths, an additional 928 COVID-19 cases reported over the last 24 hours in Ohio

Gov. DeWine expected to make announcement on bars during Thursday’s COVID-19 news conference

Celebrate the Ohio State Fair at home by building your own butter cow

No new deaths, an additional 1,438 COVID-19 cases reported in Ohio over last 24 hours

42 deaths and 1,110 new COVID-19 cases reported over last 24 hours in Ohio

20 deaths and 1,542 new COVID-19 cases reported over last 24 hours

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