Rachel Vadaj

Rachel Vadaj is an Assignment Desk Editor, Web Producer and occasional Field Producer for Cleveland 19. 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 Cleveland 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. Rachel was also a reporter for a local high school football television show in Cleveland. 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

Brunswick police investigating mysterious 911 call

Teen shot at Cleveland Heights gas station

Investigation underway after Wayne County officer involved shooting leaves 1 dead

Browns beat Broncos 17-16 in exhilarating battle

Brunswick Police save buck caught up in soccer net

3-car crash cleared on I-71 SB by SouthPark Mall

Missing mother and daughter from Toledo found safe

2 suspects on the loose after breaking into Maple Heights home

Driver on the loose after hitting woman with car in Sheffield Township

Man in critical condition after falling onto RTA tracks in Cleveland

Euclid police, SWAT surround house after man shot

Shaker Heights Teachers Association forced into arbitration for disciplinary issues

Cleveland police searching for suspect of multiple car break-ins

Cleveland police searching for missing 28-year-old woman

Man arrested for killing woman in Stark County hit-skip

Disciplinary action issued to 2 officials for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport security incident

Officials release name of man fatally shot by Lorain County deputies after stand-off

Store catches on fire on Cleveland’s East Side

Church catches on fire in Cleveland

Rocky River senior home residents return after gas leak