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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Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon.

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Moms and other activists against gun violence gathered at the state Capitol today.

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Ideas are floating around Lansing about how to make the state’s schools safer from gun violence. 

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Bills to lift time limits to file sex assault lawsuits have cleared a state Senate committee.

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In an interview with Politico, Governor Rick Snyder mentioned his own experiences with a school shooting while he went to the University of Michigan. The interview comes days after after a deadly school shooting in Florida. Snyder says he might be on board with so-called “red flag” legislation. It lets law enforcement and family members go through a procedure to ban a person from possessing a gun if they’re unstable.