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.
Surveillance cameras catching a man breaking into cars throughout Broadview Heights over the weekend has police warning residents to “make sure you always lock your vehicles when they are left outside. Also, NEVER leave the keys inside of the vehicle.”
Attention Ride Warriors! With Cedar Point’s opening day less than a month away, the Roller Coaster Capital of the World is gearing up with safety precautions as the pandemic continues by requiring all guests to make a reservation for each visit.
Court records show Thomas G. Allen was sentenced to 12 years in prison for two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of burglary, aggravated menacing, felonious assault, failure to comply with police officer orders.
Deputy Nick DiSabato immediately started performing CPR on the unresponsive infant and continued to do so until paramedics came and took the infant to Akron Children’s Hospital where it recovered, according to Fatheree.
Two Andover residents face charges pending the lab results of the drugs agents found in their home while serving a warrant for the investigation of methamphetamine sales, according to the Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtabula County.
A man was shot after he brandished a gun in a suspected attempt to carjack or rob undercover DEA agents at East 82nd Street and Decker Avenue in the Hough neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon, according to Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin.