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 in Lansing are just a vote away from sending a bills package outlawing female genital mutilation to the governor.

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The latest version of changes to the state’s teacher retirement plan passed full chamber votes Thursdays.

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The latest version of changes to the state’s teacher retirement plan passed through committees Wednesday. The changes were announced late Tuesday and received committee hearings early Wednesday morning.

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The Michigan Board of Education is working on overturning the decades-old zero tolerance policy. It’s drafting changes to the Model Code of Student Conduct.

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Teacher retirement changes are moving through the legislature again. This time with the governor on board and a committee hearing scheduled for early Wednesday.

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Republicans in Lansing are trying to roll back the state’s Medicaid expansion – but their legislation may be dead on arrival.

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State spending plans are moving swiftly through the legislature. A number were voted on last week, many of them with deep cuts from what the governor asked for.

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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.

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A federal prosecutor recently revealed as many as 100 girls in Michigan may have been victims of female genital mutilation. Now the state legislature is working quickly to pass bills to make it a 15-year felony in Michigan.

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Lawmakers in Lansing are working on expanding the state’s gun laws. A controversial set of bills was approved by the House Wednesday.