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

U.S. Marshals locate 15-year-old girl missing since Jan. 6

New York Times: Cleveland Indians to change team name after 105 years

Update: Wooster Police locate missing girl

Cleveland Police searching for 16-year-old boy missing since June 5

Solon Police find missing endangered 86-year-old man with short term memory loss

‘Get better tires for far less!‘: President Donald Trump calls for boycott of Goodyear after company policy calls ‘MAGA’ attire ‘unacceptable’

  Man breaks leg after base jumping off apartment roof and crashing into 19 News station ( graphic video)

Grab your mask: mandate to wear one goes into effect in 7 Ohio counties Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Amber Alert canceled for 1-year-old girl abducted from mother in Youngstown, Ohio area

10 animals die after barn at African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, Ohio goes up in flames on Thanksgiving

Lipari Foods issues recall of bulk chicken salads and chicken salad sandwiches over Listeria concerns

The Cars frontman, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ric Ocasek dead at 75

Baby formula sold at Walmart recalled nationwide for potentially containing metal