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

  Cleveland man in custody after allegedly tying his children’s mother and her sister up with tape, stabbing and burning them

  Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor wants MLB to extend protective netting after boy gets hit by his foul ball

Wayne County roads flooded, dive team helps rescue residents trapped in home, mandatory evacuation in place

Coast Guard recovers body of 17-year-old boy in Conneaut

  Search suspended for 23-year-old woman at Nickel Plate Beach in Huron

Cleveland Homicide: 2 males shot in head in 2 separate shootings on same street in 1 hour

Cleveland Police open homicide investigation after 1-year-old girl dies

Clifton & West Blvd reopened after shooting sends 1 person to the hospital

House party near Lorain County Community College leads to shooting on campus parking lot

Brimfield Police searching for catalytic converters theft suspects

  Vehicle prowlers, package thieves cause criminal damage in Grafton (video)

19 First Alert Traffic: Portion of I-90 reopens following serious crash in Lorain County

Air Quality Advisory issued for Northeast Ohio through Thursday

Campbell’s Sweets Factory closing Lakewood location

Undocumented immigrant arrested on jet ski near Port Clinton, turned over to ICE

Cleveland Police searching for endangered 17-year-old boy missing since February

Air Quality Advisory declared for Northeast Ohio

Cleveland Browns single game tickets on sale Monday

Motorcycle crash in Sandusky Township claims Berea man’s life

Cleveland Police find 14-year-old boy with autism safe

  Lakewood house fire claims lives of 2 family pets

  Sheffield Village Police searching for suspect who robbed gas station at gunpoint

Baker Mayfield and new wife Emily Wilkinson unveil first photos of Malibu wedding

3 people and dog rescued after boat capsizes 2 miles off Vermilion Harbor

  2 Cleveland Family Dollar stores robbed at gunpoint in 2 weeks, suspects still on the loose

Aggravated Robbery at Family Dollar on Madison Avenue (Source: Cleveland Police)

Case Western Reserve University lifts 'shelter in place’ after reports of shots fired near campus

Cleveland man, woman drive up to motorcycle crash scene and steal victim’s wallet