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

Driver threatens deputies as car goes up in flames after crashing into several cars and gas pumps in Painesville

Myles Garrett speaks out for the first time on Twitter since his indefinite suspension was upheld in November

Cleveland shelter dogs waiting to be adopted have the best reactions to surprise Thanksgiving dinner

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

The Cars frontman, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ric Ocasek dead at 75

Woman fatally struck by alleged intoxicated driver on I-90 was girlfriend of Cleveland Browns player Chris Smith

7th grade boy donates $15,000 earnings from Huron County Fair to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Cleveland man in custody after allegedly tying his children’s mother and her sister up with tape, stabbing and burning them

Cleveland man, woman drive up to motorcycle crash scene and steal victim’s wallet

Reports: Charming Charlie closing all 261 stores after filing bankruptcy

UPDATE: 2 children and woman murdered in Slavic Village home near field where man was gunned down; community in shock

Euclid Police need help finding parents of 3-year-old boy found wandering alone

Baby formula sold at Walmart recalled nationwide for potentially containing metal

Mother, daughter spend hours fixing American flags blown away from storm at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

Mentor man’s life saved from fire after just changing dead smoke alarm batteries