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 City of Cleveland said Frank Q. Jackson is a suspect in a domestic disturbance incident reported by Cleveland Police on Dec. 18, 2020 while already on probation for assaulting an 18-year-old woman in 2019.
When troopers arrived, they determined the 2011 Honda went off the left side of the road, struck the center concrete median, overturned several times, and ejected one of its riders, and stopped in a ditch on the north side of the roadway, the Highway Patrol said.
When a loss prevention employee stopped the suspect between the double door entrance, the suspect shoved the employee, escalating the theft to a robbery before bolting to the parking lot with the cart full of stolen tools, according to police.
Browns LB Mack Wilson tweeted out that he has “never been a dirty player in his life” in response to the insults and threats he received from the now infamous play. But, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes showed there is no bad blood between the two.
In place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First 100 Grand Opening celebration amid the pandemic, both new locations selected 100 local heroes making an impact in the Brunswick and Parma communities to surprise them with free Chick-fil-A for a year.