Assignment Desk Editor / Digital Content Producer / Traffic Reporter
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.
“This removes any financial barriers to accessing care and treatment, which is part of our ongoing commitment to care for all people in need, with high-quality care, regardless of their ability to pay,” Mercy Health told 19 News.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ohio House has introduced a bill on Monday requiring an emergency medical services worker to be promptly notified if they treated or transported a patient who is presumed positive for a contagious or infectious disease and to declare an emergency.
Even though Cleveland fans won’t be packing Progressive Field to watch the Indians take on the Detroit Tigers today on what was supposed to be Opening Day, the MLB is making sure you can still get your baseball fix as the coronavirus pandemic suspends the season.
The two-legged Treeing Walker Coonhound from Ohio named Lt. Dan was already known for his large social media following celebrating his differences that don’t stop him, but now this precious pup will be known as the new Cadbury Bunny.
A complaint about a large group of males waving guns and money lead to the Euclid Police Department making two arrests and recovering drugs, loaded handguns, a large amount of cash, and two stolen cars, according to the report.