Rachel Vadaj

Rachel Vadaj

Assignment Desk Editor / Digital Content Producer

Cleveland, Ohio

Rachel Vadaj is an Assignment Desk Editor, Digital Content Producer, Friday Night Under the Lights 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

Portage APL helping 7 kittens and their mom fight for their lives after being thrown out like trash

Geauga County ambulance rolls over with two EMTs inside

Thousands of FirstEnergy customers throughout Northeast Ohio still without power from Friday’s storms

Richmond Heights police rescue dog from creek that took off after being tied up to cigarette dispenser at gas station

Bratenahl Police cruiser struck by drug-impaired driver in broad daylight

Friday Football Frenzy: severe weather moves up game times throughout Northeast Ohio

Cleveland Police searching for endangered 49-year-old man with special needs missing since Tuesday

U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrest Parma Heights man for having car full of illegal firearms

  Cleveland Police still searching for suspect that robbed Metro PCS at gunpoint back in August

Lorain elementary school lifts lockdown after police respond to shooting in the area

  Cleveland Browns tailgater seriously hurt falling off top of van in Muni Lot

Lorain Police searching for missing 15-year-old girl last seen two weeks ago

  Woman fatally struck by alleged intoxicated driver on I-90 was girlfriend of Cleveland Browns player Chris Smith

  Highway Patrol dashcam captures video of U-Haul crashing into trooper’s cruiser on Ohio Turnpike

East Cleveland dog euthanized after being burned alive in crate

  3 ‘armed and dangerous’ men lead police departments on chase after robbing Parma store at gunpoint (video)

  Cleveland Browns tailgater hospitalized after falling off top of van in Muni Lot

  Highly-anticipated Cleveland Browns season kicks off against Tennessee Titans on CBS

Sunflowers in full bloom at Maria’s Field of Hope in Sandusky, Avon field has just started to bloom (photos)

Cleveland Police searching for alleged detergent thief that tried to make a clean getaway

Dave & Buster’s hiring 230 positions at new Canton location

Carroll County Sheriff searching for 61-year-old woman missing since Tuesday

Study shows Ohio is the White Claw capital of the world

Akron Police arrest 2 men and seize $164,000 in cash after finding kilogram of cocaine in car

Lyft offering discount for Cleveland Browns home opener

Sunflowers starting to bloom at Maria’s Field of Hope in Avon

Parma Heights student, 18, arrested after stabbing teacher in chest

Cleveland Police officer terminated following internal investigation for previous indictments

  Carroll County sheriff makes arrest in connection to 14-year-old boy’s homicide

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur ‘doing well’ after construction equipment crushes car