Cheyna Roth


Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, based at the state capitol in Lansing. Her reports are heard daily on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR.

Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN.

Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker.

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Lawmakers are considering a proposal to change how the state selects the governing bodies of three of its major universities.

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Michigan State University wants to improve communication among its medical colleges and clinics.

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The Michigan State University Faculty Senate passed a vote of no confidence in the schools’ Board of Trustees Tuesday.

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People convicted of crimes would have to listen to victim statements at their sentencing hearings – if a bill making its way through the state Legislature becomes law.

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Michigan State University’s Faculty Senate will hold a no confidence vote in the school’s Board of Trustees Tuesday. The vote is, in part, the result of the Board’s appointment of former governor John Engler.

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The state’s veterans agency is working to make sure Michigan veterans receive all the benefits they deserve.

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Some lawmakers in Lansing want to use an A through F grading system to rate schools in some categories.

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Governor Rick Snyder gave his final budget proposal today to mixed reviews. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle found things they did and didn’t like in Snyder’s plan for state spending in the fiscal year that starts in October.

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Students and faculty continue to pressure on Michigan State University officials to resign.

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A state commission will take a hard look at DTE Energy’s past improper shutoffs. The Michigan Public Service Commission will hold an evidentiary hearing against the company. During the hearing, DTE must explain the extent and reason for any improper shutoffs since January 2017. That’s to see if it violated any of the Commission’s billing rules.