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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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is getting pushback for his big announcement earlier this week. Calley says he’ll push for a ballot proposal that would make Michigan’s legislature part-time.

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Some businesses are set to get millions of dollars in tax incentives -- if Governor Snyder signs a package of bills.

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Lawmakers in the state House and Senate are once again calling for more legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

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A Michigan court isn’t getting involved in a controversial Grand Rapids police procedure. The Michigan Court of Appeals declined to decide if a fingerprint and photograph policy is constitutional.

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Governor Snyder made some powerful appointments Friday. The governor filled the five seats of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board.

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Controversial legislation surrounding license plate fundraising is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.

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If you want to take your favorite dog out to eat with you, you might soon be in luck.

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A showdown is brewing in Lansing over the fate of teacher retirements. The House and Senate have introduced identical plans to require all new hires to get 401(k) plans instead of the current hybrid that includes a pension. 

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A portion of the state Senate budget is getting pushback from the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission.

A blind Michigan man wants to go to law school, but says he can’t because the admissions test is discriminatory. Now he’s asking the US Supreme Court to accept his lawsuit against the makers of the test.