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

Westlake Police arrest 5 people after car slams into cruiser several times before smashing into bank

Woman wanted by Wadsworth Police for stolen credit cards at Target and Walmart

Champion Police search for suspect who used stolen credit card at Giant Eagle

Warrant issued for Cleveland mayor’s grandson after prosecutor files domestic violence charge

2 new deaths, child among 145 more confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Cleveland

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

50-year-old Cleveland man dead, 2 others hospitalized from rollover crash in Olmsted Falls

2 new deaths, infant among 229 more confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Cleveland from Jan. 18-19

Streetsboro Police search for suspects who broke into car and stole purse

Bark & Brew indoor dog park and self-pour bar to open in downtown Cleveland this summer

Cleveland Police locate missing 5-year-old girl

Home Depot robber wanted by Cleveland Police for shoving employee before taking off with cart full of tools

Aggravated robber wanted by Cleveland Police for attacking woman at West Side gas station

Elyria Police search for man who stole from adult entertainment store

Browns’ fumble in AFC Divisional playoff game has eerie similarities to ‘The Fumble’ that happened 33 years ago to the day

Browns’ Kareem Hunt embraces his former head coach after Cleveland falls to Chiefs in AFC Divisional Round

‘Nobody on our team is headhunting:’ Browns defend teammate after hit causes Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes to leave game

‘We’re not done yet:’ Browns ‘extremely disappointed’ but ready for next season after 22-17 fall to Chiefs in Divisional Round

Cleveland Browns fall to Chiefs in Kansas City 22-17 in Divisional Round of NFL Playoffs

Chick-fil-A to open new locations in Brunswick and Parma on Jan. 21

Man wanted by Willowick Police for information on Planet Fitness theft

Garfield Heights Police search for 15-year-old girl missing since Monday

2 new deaths, infant among 161 more confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Cleveland