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

Jeopardy! contestant’s heartfelt final answer gets host Alex Trebek choked up

Amherst Police searching for stolen puppy and suspect who snatched him

Multiple Northern Ohio counties under a snow emergency

21-year-old man arrested for preying on elderly by demanding money for completing unsolicited bodywork on cars

Huron County Sheriff’s Office searching for missing 17-year-old boy

Strasburg Police announce missing boy found safe

I-90 westbound reopens after 4-car crash hospitalizes 2 in Westlake (Source: H-6 Photo)

Friday Football Frenzy: OSHAA announces 2nd round playoff pairings

  Tim Misny sends special message to Cleveland girl who dressed up as him for Halloween

  Cleveland Police on the hunt for cold blooded killer who shot 18 year old in his own home

I-90 westbound reopens after 4-car crash hospitalizes 2 in Westlake

Winter Storm Watch issued for multiple Northeast Ohio counties

Cleveland Browns snap losing streak with 19-16 victory against Buffalo Bills

  Akron man firing shots into car, injuring man and 15-year-old boy, leads to officer-involved shooting

Cleveland Police open homicide investigation after West Side argument turns deadly

Cleveland Police open homicide investigation after West Side shooting turns deadly

‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak undergoes emergency surgery

Cleveland Police searching for thief who sneaks into St. Ignatius High School and steals items out of backpacks

Akron man fatally ejected from car after swerving to avoid hitting deer standing in middle of the road

96 Kmart and Sears locations closing nationwide, 3 of which are in Ohio

Cleveland Indians’ Carlos ‘Slamtana’ Santana earns 2019 Silver Slugger Award

Data shows Cleveland Browns ticket listing prices dropped 21% since start of season

Ashland County troopers investigating crash that took life of 54-year-old Jeromesville woman

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova & wife Anna welcome baby boy into the world

U.S. Supreme Court denies former Akron police captain’s appeal in ex-wife’s 1997 slaying

3 Erie County Jail inmates overdose on suspected fentanyl

Bratenahl condominiums concierge indicted for stealing over $200,000 worth of jewelry from residents

Highway Patrol investigating crash that claimed life of 84-year-old pedestrian in Deerfield Township

Maple Heights man caught wearing reflective traffic vests to blend into community he was robbing