Rachel Vadaj

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

Springsfield Township police introduce new K-9 to the force

Northeast Ohio man killed in wrong-way turnpike crash in Pennsylvania

Tallmadge police say missing 17-year-old girl has been found

  Canton police arrest man after 2-year-old boy dies

Lakewood police say missing 31-year-old man has returned home

  Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” book tour comes to Cleveland

Wayne County sheriff searching for missing 16-year-old teen

Beachwood Place Mall shooting suspect identified, still on the run

Cleveland police searching for missing, endangered 14-year-old girl

Kirtland fire destroys home, claims life of pet dog

Cleveland family home ravaged by fire

Cleveland councilman calls for parents to be charged for leaving kids in cars unattended

  Cleveland police searching for church robbery suspect

  Cleveland Police investigating fatal shooting into Parmelee Avenue home with multiple children inside

Cleveland Browns release TE Darren Fells

Cleveland police searching for missing, endangered man with schizophrenia

  Mentor police searching for “bold” Walmart shoplifter

South Euclid police catch video of transformer going up in flames during storm

South Euclid teen calls police after mom takes away cell phone for bad grades

  Cleveland police leave scene after hours-long SWAT standoff on East Side