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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Michigan lawmakers voted today to keep two measures off the November ballot. One to increase the state’s minimum wage, another to require that employees get earned sick time.

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The state Legislature is back this week and Democrats want to see action on protecting people from chemicals in groundwater.

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State lawmakers return to the Capitol this week – and the big question is whether they will pass a pair of ballot initiatives.

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The state plans to fight a lawsuit filed in federal court by a group of Michigan college students.

The students say a law discriminates against young voters.

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A former Michigan State University gymnastics coach was in court Thursday. Kathie Klages turned herself in to police and was arraigned on criminal charges for lying to law enforcement – a felony and a misdemeanor.