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

4-car crash involving semi-truck snarled I-90 in Westlake (photos)

4-car crash snarled I-90 in Westlake (Source: H-6 Photo)

Bar Louie of Strongsville becomes 2nd Ohio location to shut down

Andrew Berry set to return to Browns as team’s new GM, reports say

  59-year-old woman loses life after house goes up in flames on Cleveland’s West Side, 3 adults and 4 children safely out

Catholic Diocese of Cleveland closing St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School after this academic year

Cleveland reacts to deaths of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter from helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif.

8-year-old girl jumped to safety, 2-year-old girl rescued after apartment building on Cleveland’s East Side caught fire

Parma Heights woman with multiple previous felony warrants arrested after eviction notice turned to SWAT situation

Euclid Police searching for suspects who stole $500 worth of food from apartment vending machine

  Lorain Police release new surveillance footage of man accused of breaking into Slovak Club

Painesville police arrest alleged attempted murderer on same street as the Oct. shooting he was wanted for

Kirtland Police searching for man accused of being involved in string of construction tool thefts

Great Lakes Brewing Co. brewpub closing until mid-February for renovations

South Euclid man told police he 'really didn’t see the problem’ with leaving 4-year-old boy, baby in unlocked car as he went shopping

Snow parking ban issued for multiple Northeast Ohio cities

  Violent weekend in Cleveland included 1 homicide, 4 other shootings, 2 stabbings

Cleveland police release new details of homicide investigation on death of man found in van with multiple gunshot wounds

Winter Weather Advisory, Lake Effect Snow Warning issued for Northeast Ohio counties

Speeds on I-90 in Lake County reduced due to heavy snowfall

Reports: Browns hire former Dolphins offensive coordinator as new wide receivers coach, passing game coordinator

2 teenagers among 3 people shot on Sunday during violent weekend in Cleveland

Thousands without power as high winds blow through Northern Ohio

Saturday snowfall blankets parts of Northern Ohio (photo gallery)

Northern Ohio Winter Weather - Jan. 18, 2020

Man, woman found dead inside Sugar Creek Township home in apparent murder-suicide

Reports: New Orleans officer Odell Beckham Jr. allegedly smacked on backside will not press charges

Snow parking ban in effect for multiple Northeast Ohio cities

Winter weather warnings issued for multiple Northern Ohio counties