Rachel Vadaj is an Assignment Desk Editor, Digital Content Producer, Friday Night Under the Lights 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.
The Portage Animal Protective League has one simple message after “some horrible person put a mother cat and 8 babies in a cat carrier, screwed it shut, put it in a trash bag, tied it shut, and threw them out:" “Animals are not trash!”
Meteorologist Sam Roberts reports, “The peak timing for storms will be from 7:00 PM to midnight. Some storms may be strong to severe, with the main threats being damaging wind, hail, heavy rain, and frequent lightning.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said a 33-year-old Parma Heights man was arrested at the PEace Bridge Port of Entry in Buffalo NY after officers found he was in possession of a slew of illegal firearms.
Three “armed and dangerous” men are behind bars after robbing a store at gunpoint and leading Parma police on a chase that ended with crashing their getaway car in Cleveland, according to the Parma Police Department.
The Mayor’s Office said the internal investigation began after authorities learned that the officer was charged with and indicted for “disseminating matter harmful to juvenile and unauthorized use of property - computer by Rocky River Police Department."
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said the death was a homicide, and a complete autopsy and toxicological test performed at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office showed the teen died of “acute fentanyl intoxication.”