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

Cleveland FBI searching for serial bank robber suspect

Suspect accused of setting Portage County deputy on fire identified

Mentor man killed in head-on car crash

6 Akron students arrested after cafeteria brawl

Akron suspect arrested for 2 bank robberies, responsible for several more

Akron house explodes with multiple people inside, bomb squad investigating

Cleveland woman, girl, dog assaulted after finding 3-year-old girl wandering streets

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport flights delayed, cancelled due to snow

Snow emergencies issued in multiple counties

Cleveland celebrates Black History Month with ceremonial flag raising

Thompson man rescued after getting trapped in corn silo

Cleveland’s Donut Fest gives a sweet treat to attendees and charity

City of Cleveland revising Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s new drop-off, pick-up rules after complaints

Baker Mayfield shows he knows how to bust a move

Cleveland police officer on restricted duty after felony record discovered

Brazil native convicted of killing military husband in Trumbull County sentenced

Cleveland police identify victim fatally shot in head on East Side as a 17-year-old boy

6 Ohioans indicted for $48 million health care fraud conspiracy

Pickup truck crashes into Cleveland Police 2nd District headquarters