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

Boil advisory lifted for Cleveland Water customers

  Commuter Cast: Heatwave bearing down on Ohio, plus a water main break may cause for morning confusion

  Fourth of July party in Cleveland turns deadly after 2 men shot in the chest, woman pistol-whipped

Cleveland rec centers set to open tomorrow with safety measures to prevent spread of COVID-19

Cleveland had 22 total shootings, 3 homicides, 1 stabbing, and 1 hit-skip over Fourth of July weekend

  South Euclid officer rescues dog from hot car while owner was in restaurant (video)

4 teens shot in 2 separate shootings on Cleveland’s East Side over Fourth of July weekend

50-year-old man becomes third Cleveland homicide victim over Fourth of July weekend

Homicide investigation underway for man found fatally shot in neck on Cleveland sidewalk on Fourth of July

968 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ohio over last 24 hours

Crews working to repair water main break that flooded streets in Slavic Village

Boil advisory for Northeast Cleveland suburbs after ‘very large’ water main break

Cuyahoga Falls Police investigating Fourth of July homicide after 19-year-old shot at Sheraton Suites

926 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ohio over last 24 hours

Kalahari Resort requiring guests to wear face masks with the exception of waterparks

Motorcyclist loses life in Ashland County crash

Off-duty Cleveland Police officer assaulted while trying to break up fight that led to shooting

Northeast Ohio cities still celebrating Fourth of July with fireworks amid coronavirus crisis (list)

  Indians CF Delino DeShields Jr. tests positive for COVID-19

Lorain County CSI searching for armed duo who robbed man in parking lot

Lorain County CSI searching for armed duo who robbed man in parking lot

Parma duckings saved from sewer opening at Tri-C

Parma duckings saved from sewer opening at Tri-C

Westlake Police seize loaded semi-automatic handgun, suspected marijuana during traffic stop

Commuter Cast: rapid warming this morning as temps rise to the 80s and near 90 degrees

2 officers hurt in crash from high-speed pursuit in Ottawa County

Missing 14-year-old Garfield Heights girl found safe

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio fines Dominion Energy $1 million for pipeline explosion in Pepper Pike

Green Local Schools plan on letting families choose between in-person or online learning amid pandemic

Rock Hall Live! summer concerts showcase Cleveland artists starting July 2