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

  Willoughby Police search for suspect who tried to break into cars parked in driveways

Elyria Police search for man suspected of stealing several items from adult store

Man suspected of shoplifting wanted by Mentor Police

Mentor Police search for woman accused of shoplifting

No new deaths, but 46 more confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Cleveland

Greater Cleveland Food Bank to host drive-thru distribution in Muni Lot Thursday

Humane Society of Richland County asks for help finding dog who ran away after being ejected from car in accident

Cleveland Police search for man accused of robbing 2 Family Dollars with gun within 2 days

Medina man arrested 10 months after robbery attempt fizzled when he realized the bank closed

Broadview Heights traffic stop leads to officer finding stolen gun with suspected crack, heroin, and methamphetamine

Wooster Police search for missing girl

No new deaths, but child among 49 more confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Cleveland

2 overnight traffic stops lead to Wickliffe Police seizing gun, marijuana, and ecstacy pills

Cleveland Fire Investigation Unit: $5,000 reward for information on Flats East Bank suspected arson

Ohio State Fire Marshal: $5,000 reward for information on Canton Township house arson

Euclid Police search for suspected Home Depot shoplifter

Eagle rescued in Erie County after being hit by car

No new deaths, but child among 49 more confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Cleveland

Cleveland Police: Woman kidnapped with gun in her own car before suspect forced her to drive to bank to withdraw money (photo gallery)

JCPenney hiring thousands of seasonal store associates from Oct. 26-29 to prepare for holidays

North Lawrence man arrested after holding his wife hostage at gunpoint inside barricaded room of home

Cleveland Police search for missing 14-year-old boy

Akron Police search for hit-skip driver who fatally struck 64-year-old pedestrian

Arnold Schwarzenegger strolls the streets of downtown for statues after having heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic

Browns TE Austin Hooper sidelined after having surgery for appendicitis

No new deaths, but Cleveland surpasses 6,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases after 44 more reported in city