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.
The lives of an 8-year-old and 1-year-old set of sisters were saved thanks to the quick thinking of a security officer and a firefighter in a “dramatic” rescue mission after an apartment broke out in flames, according to Cleveland Fire.
An eviction notice for a Parma family turned into a SWAT situation when the woman with multiple previous felony warrants was believed to be hiding in the crawl space of the attic on Saturday, Police Chief Steve Scharschmidt.
After what the Painesville Police Department called a “lengthy investigation" by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force to find 24-year-old Brandon Lee Noble, officers arrested him in the same block of Lawnview Avenue where the shooting happened back in Oct.
A 37-year-old South Euclid man was charged with endangering children after telling officers that he "really didn’t see the problem” with leaving his 4-year-old boy and baby in an unlocked car parked in front of a store while he went shopping inside, according to police.
The Browns hiring season continues with new Head Coach Kevin Stefanski selecting former Dolphins offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea to become Cleveland’s new wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
The Superdome security officer Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. allegedly smacked on the backside during LSU’s NCAA National Championship locker room celebration decided he will not press charges, according to nola.com.