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

  Cleveland firefighters rescue man trapped in flooded apartment with water up to his chest

  Daniels Park in Willoughby closed after becoming partially submerged from flash flooding (video)

  Flash flooding submerges parts of Rocky River Metroparks (galleries)

Flash flooding submerges parts of Rocky River Metroparks (Brian Baddour)

Flash flooding submerges parts of Rocky River Metroparks (Heidi Sweisthal)

Rocky River Metroparks Valley Parkway (Jason Nicholas)

29 confirmed deaths in Ohio due to COVID-19; 1,653 confirmed cases statewide

Lakewood Fire Department rescues dog trapped off Lake Erie shore from high water

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Towpath Trail shut down after flash flooding submerges it

Driver escapes car stuck on Elyria railroad tracks before train crushes it

Flash flooding prompts road closures throughout Northeast Ohio

Cleveland male shot 4 times took a bus to the hospital

Fiery Cleveland crash claims the life of 1, seriously injures 2 others

Giant Eagle GetGo employee in Northeast Ohio tests positive for COVID-19

Aurora City Schools transportation department staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Mayor Frank Jackson reviews City of Cleveland’s prevention and response efforts to COVID-19 from this past week

Mercy Health suspending all COVID-19 related patient bills to remove financial barriers

Elyria Police searching for missing 12- and 14-year-old girls who ran away on Wednesday

Ohio House introduces bill requiring EMS workers to be notified after treating potentially contagious patient

Middleburg Heights 911, non-emergency phone lines back up

ALDI employee in Cleveland area tests positive for COVID-19

Cleveland Heights police officer tests positive for COVID-19

  Relative of healthcare workers on frontlines of battling COVID-19 raising money to get them critical safety equipment

Cleveland Indians broadcasting 1994, 1996 Opening Day games as coronavirus pandemic suspends season

  What you need to know about changes to day care facilities in Ohio amid coronavirus pandemic

2-legged dog from Ohio named Lt. Dan chosen as new Cadbury Bunny

Euclid Police recover drugs, loaded handguns, large amount of cash, and 2 stolen cars while arresting 2

Gervasi Vineyard utilizing distillery to produce hand sanitizer during coronavirus pandemic