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

  ‘Always lock your vehicle’: Broadview Heights Police warn residents after increase in car break-ins (video)

  ‘Lock your vehicles’: Suspect caught trying to break into cars in Chardon Township (video)

11-year-old boy last seen walking to Cleveland store goes missing

Endangered missing 17-year-old Newton Falls girl last seen April 17 may be in Akron area

  Wires crash down onto car after dumpster truck fails to lower boom and causes pole to snap onto Brunswick roadway (video)

Missing 16-year-old Lorain County girl last seen April 17

Woman involved in Mystique Moon theft wanted by Elyria Police

‘Now offering stimulus checks twice a month’: Brunswick Wendy’s has creative way of saying ‘we’re hiring’

Cedar Point requires all guests to make reservations to get into park to start 2021 season

Lake County burglar who pointed knife at juveniles sentenced to 12 years behind bars

Summit County explosives detector K9 Deputy Anna dies at 7 due to illness

24-year-old cat saved by Cleveland firefighters after ‘careless smoking’ causes blaze in bedroom

Akron man’s body found in vacant garage has police asking for tips about his ‘sudden death’

Summit County deputy saves life of 12-day-old infant who stopped breathing at grocery store

Hartford Township Police officer makes new feathered friend after finding lost duck

Man wanted by Perkins Township Police for felony case

Man accused of stealing from Perkins Township business on April 12 before taking off in gray Nissan sedan

Eastlake Police need help identifying arrested thief who gave false identity

16-year-old Lorain girl missing since April 13

$5,000 reward for information on Lorain double homicide connected to $200,000 stolen from ATM delivery vehicle

Greater Cleveland Food Bank to host drive-thru distribution in Muni Lot Thursday

60-year-old man killed at East Cleveland Auto Zone in broad daylight; police need help identifying person of interest

Meth, heroin, fentanyl, Xanax, marijuana seized from Andover home in drug sales investigation

UPDATE: Pepper Pike teens found safe

  Man brandishing gun shot by undercover agents in suspected attempted carjacking or robbery, DEA says

Armed Akron man arrested after nearly 5-hour long SWAT standoff for domestic violence

52-year-old Elyria man behind bars for sexual conduct with a minor

I-90 and SR-2 West reopen after flipped semi shuts down highway